Recruiting: Spartans hoping for three, lose five

Texas tight end <B>Ben Snellenberger</b>, who was among MSU tight end prospects early on, told me on Monday that Michigan State had not called him in weeks and that he felt they were no longer interested. Snellenberger expects to enroll at Dartmouth.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State did not get what they were hoping for in the recruiting battles overnight.

RECAP: Ismail Abdunafi who had committed twice to Texas A&M, decided to attend a Big Ten school after all, it turned out to be Illinois.

Matt Featherston, a virtual unknown until he burst on to the scene with a tremendous performance at a high school all-star game, decided to attend Texas A&M, rather than Michigan State.

Carlton Jackson, who Michigan State continued to recurit, even though he told the Spartans he would only play quarterback, took an offer to atttend Akron.

Rodney Etienne, another player from Pompano Beach, committed to Florida International, instead of committing to Michigan State.

Tight end Ben Snellenberger, who was among MSU tight end prospects told me on Monday that Michigan State had not called him in weeks and that he felt they were no longer interested. Snellenberger expects to enroll at Dartmouth.

STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE: Interestingly, Jerome Hayes of Bayonne, NJ, who some felt was no longer interested in MSU, apparently still has the Spartans on his list according to a report in the Lansing State Journal

Walter McFadden, a corner from Pompano Beach (FL) Ely has not made a decision and Michigan State is hoping that he decides to join the Spartans.

Markus Murry, a corner from Thornton Township (IL) Harvey also has not reached a decision and the Spartans are holding a possible offer for him.

Stephen Benjamin's eligibility status is unknown and Michigan State appears to be waiting until they are sure he will be a qualifier to offer.

Reports say MSU and most other schools have backed off scholarship offers to New York receiver Leslie Jackman due to off-the-field issues.

More as information is forthcoming


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