MSU landed two SuperPrep/TheInsiders Hot 100 prospects. Today the Spartans got a verbal committment from pass rushing defensive lineman Nii Adjei Oninku of Clayton Northmont HS in Ohio.
Pronounced "Nee-Jay", Oninku recorded 93 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks while adding 30lbs of muscle to his frame between his junior and senior seasons. Now at 6-3, 245, Oninku's play is very similar to that of former San Diego State defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Also Verballing to Michigan State this week are SuperPrep/The Insiders Hot 100 linebacker Eric Andino of Buffalo Grove, IL , Youngstown, OH defensive back Ron Stoops, Jr and punter John Gross of Scottsdale, AZ.
Stoops is a name you will recognize. He is the nephew of new Arizona head coach Mike Stoops and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. He is expected to be in the mix to help shore up a spotty Michigan State secondary next year at cornerback. At 6-3, 195-lbs, Stoops is a big corner who is also able to play safety and may even get a shot at John L. Smith's bandit position down the road.
Andino is the most highly coveted of the trio. Andino committed to Michigan State over the weekend and is good enough that he could get playing time as a freshman.
At Buffalo Grove, the 6-4 238-lb. linebacker/defensive end amassed an incredible 134 tackles and 10 sacks, including 11 tackles for loss and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. "I'm strong and I roam well sideline-to-sideline. I like rushing and going through guys but I'd like to be able to run a 4.5-4.6.[40-yard dash]." Andino is timed at 4.8 for the 40. "I also need to improve my coverages on pass defense," he told the Insiders.com
Michigan State head coach John L. Smith could use Andino at any number of position including middle linebacker or defensive end.
Gross, 6-4, 225-lbs., will likely be the backup to sophomore-to-be Brandon Fields.
Michigan State is hoping that is will receive a committment from one of the top players in the country, Jordan Steffy, at a press conference in Lancaster, PA today. Steffy is expected to choose between Penn State, Virginia Tech and the Spartans.