Spartans land Davis, Ringer, close on two OLs

Michigan State has received verbal commitments from two of the top 100 players in the Midwest and is in the mix for two of their most heavily coveted offensive lineman after this weekend's recruiting visits.

(EAST LANSING) - Michigan State's recruiting weekend paid immediate dividends for coach John L. Smith as Ohio cornerback Kendell Davis one of's Midwest Hot 100 players, committed verbally to the Spartans.

Standing 5-foot-11, the 175-pound speedster (4.32) may get a chance to step right into the MSU program at one of the corner positions.

Davis had previously listed the Spartans among a group of five teams he was considering signing with including Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue and Iowa, but decided MSU was the right place for him after a weekend visit.

Meanwhile, Javon Ringer, a four-star standout running back from Dayton Chaminade (OH) also gave his oral commitment to the Spartans. Ringer, one of the nation's top prep running back was among Michigan State's highest profile recruits.

At 5-foot-11, 203-pounds, he is the big back that coach John L. Smith favors, able to mix it up on the inside and the speed and burst to take it outside.

This time the Spartans beat out Tennessee and Ohio State for Ringer's verbal.

MSU is also in on Brian Roche, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman, who had earlier committed to Rutgers but fully de-committed and surprised the Spartans with a visit this weekend.

"I scheduled it a day before I went," explained Roche. "Basically I was like, I'm going to come," he told's Don Callahan. "It was [a] pretty good [visit]," remarked Roche. "It was like finals week so there wasn't really a lot of people there or anything, but I think it was a pretty good visit."

Still, he intends to take two more visits before making his decision because he wants this one to stick. The Spartans are expecting a decision from 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman Jake Cox of Iowa Central JC.

Cox has narrowed it down to Kansas or Michigan State and expects to make his decision this week.

"I really like the coaching staff at Michigan State, especially Coach Stripling, who is recruiting me," added Cox, who is originally from Marengo, Iowa. "They play in the Big Ten, which I grew up watching, and you can't pass the opporunity to play inside Notre Dame's stadium.

You can also can't beat playing a game in Norman, Oklahoma either, and this is going to be a very tough decision."

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