Three Big Michigan State Targets

Spartan Digest takes a look at three targets Michigan State is looking to secure sooner than later in the recruiting process.

With seven pledges already on the board, Michigan State is looking strong at the midway point of the 2016 recruiting class. We look at three targets the Spartans are looking to secure in the coming weeks and where Mark Dantonio and his staff stand with each.

Planning to visit Michigan State early this week, Austin Andrews is a player the Spartans are ready to accept a pledge from. A hard hitting cornerback or safety, Andrews has long arms on a long frame for a defensive back to go with quick feet that can cut on a dime.

In high school he plays both ways and is a threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands. Projected to play defense in college, Andrews will have to do some work on his coverage skills as he’s relied on his natural athletic ability up to this point. However, the skills to excel are there and play at a high level.

Spartan Digest is waiting on Andrews to make his pledge to the Spartans official before adding his name to the class. However, we feel the visit to campus will allow him to speak one-on-one with Mark Dantonio and make it official.

Spartan fans have been hearing about defensive end Auston Robertson for awhile now. Set to make his announcement in early June, some feel he may have already secured his spot in the 2016 class with a silent verbal to the Spartans.

On the field Robertson has great physical size but is raw in his technique, especially using his hands. Spartan Digest saw him at a combine in February and was impressed with his frame and athletic ability, but found a prospect still refining his overall game. His best football will be played at the college level.

Kenney Lyke is a player the Spartans want in the class and the Illinois native has the Spartans listed high along with his new Notre Dame offer. While some feel the friendship between Lyke and Notre Dame pledge Julian Love could sway Lyke to the Irish, some feel the Spartans have built a strong relationship and the fact he’s seen the way the Spartans have had two players in their secondary go in the first round in back-to-back NFL Drafts leaning to the Green & White.

On the field Lyke has the physical size and athletic ability you want from a safety. However, work is needed in him staying lower in his back pedal and his ball skills. The tools are there to be special and some talk has the Spartans sitting better with Lyke than many think. Could Lyke be one of the so called silent commits?


Lots of speculation at this time that Michigan State has a few prospects giving silent pledges to Mark Dantonio and a few of the dominos are ready to fall in the next 24-48 hours. No matter what happens in the next few days, Spartan Digest feels the Spartans recruiting efforts are at an all-time high and the Class of 2016 will have a majority of its members on board before the month of June ends.


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