MSU Elite Camp OL/DL Recap

A small but solid group of offensive and defensive linemen made their way to Michigan State on Saturday for the Spartans annual Elite Camp to showcase their talents. We look at the two groups along with our evaluations on several players.

While the Spartans annually hold an offensive/defensive line camp each summer, their one-day elite camp has always drawn some of the top linemen looking to pick up an offer from Michigan State.

However, with a majority of the Spartans recruiting already done, not much was on the line for members of the 2016 class while those in the 2017 class looked to take steps forward and earn one of the most sought after offers in college football.


Gavin Cupp – The Spartan commit did not disappoint as he continues to show great improvement to his overall game. The physical changes to his body helped him earn his offer and what he'd doing on the field showed on Saturday as he was very solid throughout the drills especially the one-on-one drills.

While there is still technical work needed, getting Cupp in this class should prove to be big when he's ready to take the field. Athletic with great feet and size give the future of the Spartans offensive line something to be excited about.

Marc David Bienaime – The Canadian product was a major surprise as we've never seen him at a camp in the past. Big framed with a huge back end, Bienaime showed above average technique on a frame that includes long arms. The 2017 offensive lineman could see the Spartans show some interest after one of the more solid camp performances.

Matt Bockhorst – With Noah Davis in the 2016 class, Michigan State could look to return to Cincinnati St. Xavier in the 2017 class with Bockhorst.

We've seen the Ohio native several times and while this was not one of his best performances, we know he's a player with high upside and the attention of the Spartans. At times especially during one-on-one drills, Bockhorst look to be trying too hard.

A.J. Arcuri – Another Ohio native the opened a few eyes on the day. This was the first time we've seen the Olentangy Liberty product and could see someone taking a chance to develop him. With a frame that looks more like a tight end, Arcuri has long arms, solid feet and above average technique. However, the biggest concern we have is shoulder width as he's very slim in this area. Looked very athletic.

Luke Campbell – If anyone had a big day it was Campbell out of Olentangy High School in Ohio. Great frame, great feet and advanced technique made Campbell our top performer of the day and a prospect to watch in the 2016 class. While the Spartans may not have room for Campbell, someone is going to get a very good offensive lineman to build around.

Matt Allen – With both of his brothers helping run drills, Allen at times saw his brothers give him a little more attention when drills ended. Make no mistake, the Spartans taking Allen had nothing to do with his brothers success as he's good in his own right.


James Hudson – We watched Hudson in his teams state championship game this past season and liked what we saw. Great frame with long arms has many feeling the Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic product is a future stud along the defensive front.

However, after watching his during drills and one-on-ones, we feel his future is brighter as an offensive tackle as he didn't show the feet needed to be elite along the defensive front. Some might recruit Hudson as a defensive lineman but a future tackle with a bright future is what we see.

Trenton Gillison – The Pickerington (Ohio) Central product is another in a long line of long and lean defensive ends. Showed his athletic ability during drills and one-on-one drills. A name to watch out of Ohio in the 2018 class who could grow to be one of the top prospects at defensive end or tight end before all is said and done.

Devonte Dunn – He may not have the size you want from a defensive tackle but Dunn again impressed with his quick first step and ability to beat offensive linemen. Mark Dantonio has made a living on undersized defensive linemen with quick first steps in the past and Dunn could be one in the 2017 class to keep an eye on. The stakes have changed with the Spartans recruiting efforts and while a player like Dunn would get more attention in the past, it will be interesting to see if he's good enough to be given a harder look.

Olajuwon Pinkelton – A long framed but skinny prospect out of Cincinnati Mount Healthy, Pinkelton is too raw to be considered a prospect the Spartans will have interest in. However, if someone can bring him in and let him develop over the next couple of years they could get a two or three year starter off the edge.

Johnathan Berghorst – The junior defensive lineman out of Zeeland (Mich.) East is a player to watch as he could be a prospect that gets attention as a defensive lineman or an offensive lineman with huge upside.


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