Since we last looked at Michigan State on the national recruiting stage there have been additional changes. In our last look, Mark Dantonio and his staff had secured the verbal pledge of Scout four-star safety Demetric Vance out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech.
Friday, four-star safety Kenney Lyke joined in giving the Spartans another move in the Scout team rankings.
NATIONAL RANK: NO. 7 Up from No. 10
BIG TEN RANK: NO. 2 Remains the same
PLEDGES: 13 ALL HIGH SCHOOL / FIVE STAR: 0 – FOUR STAR: 5 – THREE STAR: 8
OFFENSE / DEFENSE: 8 Offense / 5 Defense
NUMBERS CONTINUE TO CLIMB
The Spartans remain in second in the Big Ten Conference with 1799 points following their latest pledge from Lyke. As an average the Spartans continue to trail Ohio State,Penn State and Michigan but have pushed ahead of Nebraska. With several other top targets still looking hard at the Spartans we expect in the next month for their average to continue to climb.
MAKING THE CUT
The Spartans are in the battle for Corona (Calif.) safety Chacho Ulloa according to Scout analyst Greg Biggins who reported Ulloa has cut his list down to five schools on Friday leaving the Spartans to battle Arizona State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt. Ulloa has already scheduled an official visit to East Lansing along with a plan to visit the Irish.
Over the years Mark Dantonio has loved recruiting players with football bloodlines. They don’t get much better than Scout four-star defensive end Patrick Bethel out of Vero Beach (Fla.) whose father Randy Bethel was a top recruit who went on to win national titles with the Miami Hurricanes. While it might be hard to pull Bethel out of the Sunshine State, look for the Spartans to give it their best to help shore up the defensive line.
SPARTAN CROWN FOR A KING
Could the Spartans add a king to their top 2016 recruiting class? Spartan fans are counting the days until the question is answered when Hinsdale South (Ill.) four-star defensive end Josh King announces his pledge in a couple of weeks. If so the Spartans will be getting another gem with the 6-foot-6, 233-pound defensive lineman.
SEPARATE TALENT FROM COMPETITION
The rise of Winchester (Ind.) running back Kiante Enis is taking on a back story as some have questioned the dominating performances Enis enjoyed last season against what some are calling poor competition. Showing my age, I remember when people said the same thing in the early to mid 90s when his uncle Curtis Enis earned Mr. Football by the AP in 1993 as Ohio’s best high school football player and being named a Parade magazine high school All-American at Union City (Ohio) Mississinawa Valley High, another small country school. Enis went on to have a solid career at Penn State under Joe Paterno and being selected as the No. 5 pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Now Kiante is starting to show some of the same qualities as a 6-foot-1, 200-pound back with 10.53 100 meter speed.
KENNEY LYKE TALKS SPARTANS