Spartans land two more verbal commitments

John L. Smith returned from the top of Mt. Killamanjaro with more than just a beard. The Spartans pilot grabbed a pair of commitments from two in-state players who will go straight to the defensive backfield in the 2005 season.

(EAST LANSING) - John L. Smith returned from the top of Mt. Killamanjaro with more than just a beard. The Spartans pilot grabbed a pair of commitments from two in-state players who will go straight to the defensive backfield in the 2005 season.

Joining the Spartans are Otis Wiley, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound wide receiver from Flint Carman Ainsworth. Wiley will play safety for the Spartans and could some day take over the big shoes of Eric Smith, who played at all-Big 10 level before being felled by injury in 2003.

Also giving MSU a verbal was Ross Weaver, 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back and receiver from Southfield High school who is a lifelong Spartans fan. Weaver is also expected to go to the secondary once he completes his prep career at Southfield and joins the Green and White.

The 2004-05 edition of the Spartans football team hits the practice field on August 14th and Smith is optimistic about his team's chances for a finish in the upper division.

While most pundits have picked the Spartans to finish no higher than 7th or 8th in a so-so Big Ten conference, Smith believes the Spartans will be a factor in the Big Ten race.

When the team begins practice next Saturday, expect Drew Stanton to be under center as the first team quarterback. He will get a challenge from redshirt freshman Stephen Reaves and true freshman Brian Hoyer, who starred for the Ohio squad in an upset of the Pittsburgh squad in the annual Big-33 prep football classic.


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