Spartans get another verbal, awaiting three more

Spartans get commitment from New Jersey tackle. Awaiting decision from Chicago natives Tim Jamison, Roland Martin and Mississippi linebacker Rory Johnson.

(EAST LANSING) Michigan State's surprisingly good 2004 recruiting class is getting better every day. Yesterday MSU got a verbal commitment from New Jersey tackle Jessie Miller.

Miller chose the Spartans over Central Florida, Iowa, Buffalo, Temple and Northeastern.

"The school is nice, and I really liked what they had to offer academically," Jessie Miller said of the Spartans. "I really liked the coaches."

"It's been quite a whirlwind for him," Somerville coach Kevin Carty told the Courier-News. "I really think Jessie is a special player. He's got the kind of talent that can carry him to the National Football League."

Still, that projection isn't stopping the Spartans from going after Chicago area native Roland Martin who is expected to announce his decision between Tennessee and Oklahoma.

The Spartans are in one of the most highly contested recruiting battles against crosstown rival Michigan for the services of Tim Jamison, who made a meteoric rise after a stunning performance in the US Army All-American Bowl where he was virtually unblockable.

By virtue of his performance in that game Jamison is on everyone's "A" list. "He was the biggest surprise of the game, absolutely unbelievable," coach Bob Palko of West Allegheny (Pa.) High School said. "We could not block him. We devised plans to stop him, but he split the double-team [block]. He split the triple-team. He went right through the tackle, [guard] and the running back."

The Spartans hope the super sack man picks them over Florida, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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