MSU really likes OG-OT prospect Bryant Browning from Cleveland (OH) Glenville. Browning is a impressive prospect at 6'3 , 328 pounds.
As far as power numbers go, he has been able to bench 305 pounds 21 times, and has a squat max of 450 lbs. At the San Antonio Combine he had a vertical jump of 27.5", which indicates he has explosive ability for a big man. His forty time at the Combine was 5.92, so although some have looked at him on the defensive line, most are looking at him as a bulldozing offensive linemen.
The first thing that struck me about Bryant was his intelligence, (4.2 GPA) and the thoughtfulness that this decision will take. I asked him if had heard from MSU lately, "Oh yeah, I really like MSU", he said. "I'm being recruited by their defensive cordinator, Coach Smeland."
"I don't have a leader at this time, but MSU is right there, I will take all my visits and make a decision in late January."
I told Bryant that some had him listed on the defensive line ,and both offensive guard and offensive tackle positions, and if there was a position he preferred, and he responded, "I can play guard or tackle, but I'll probably play offensive guard on the next level."
I asked Bryant what he liked about MSU, and he stated, "I visited MSU back on Junior Day and was really impressed with the facilities, especially the weightlifting area. MSU has a great program, and all the people there were friendly and they had great people skills. I really like the academic center that MSU has well."
"I also like the NFL connection MSU has, and the personality of John L Smith."
Intelligent linemen is what MSU is looking for, as they ask their guards to do a lot, and Bryant would fill a big need for MSU.
The next player I caught up with was Johnnie Troutman from Pemberton Twp high school in Pemberton, New Jersey. Troutman is getting the attention of a lot of big time schools, like Ohio State, Penn State, and others.
Troutman recently missed his visit to MSU but plans to reschedule for late January. However, you can see why people are after him, while somewhat of a raw recruit in terms of technique, Troutman is a 6'4" 270 defensive end-tackle standout, that projects as a rush end on the next level.
MSU desperately needs to sign some defensive line prospect's and Troutman has the power, speed, and athleticism that is not easy to find. Some of the power figures include a 325 bench press, a 450 squat, but more impressively, a great forty time of 4.9 for such a big guy. John L. Smith like's to recruit speed, and Troutman is no exception.
Johnnie said he was being recruited by Coach Stoutland, and MSU was making an impression. "I really like the Big Ten and MSU's fans. They really support their teams and fill up the stadium."
"I also like how MSU uses it's defensive ends with upfield pressure with the ability to make sacks."
When asked when a decision was coming, he said the following, "I probably won't announce until signing day. I want to go to a school where I feel comfortable with the people and the school, and I plan on studying Accounting."
When asked about a leader, he stated this, "Right now my leader is Penn State with Ohio State and Michigan State in the mix."
While Penn State is the leader right now, hopefully a late January visit will sway Troutman to wear the green and white.
In other recruiting news, some big decisions and visits will be coming up soon for MSU recruits:
Ogemdi Nwagbuo, a 6'4'' junior college defensive tackle, is expected to announce as early as this week, and is choosing between MSU and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Ray Small, a 5'11" 170 LB stud from Cleveland (OH) Glenville, and a teammate of Bryant Browning, is expected to visit MSU this weekend. Small just returned from a visit from Tennessee. Small is a very versatile player who will be a wide receiver, and punt and kick returner on the next level. Small is a big time recruit, who has already visited USC and Ohio State. His forty times of 4.3 and 4.28 at a Nike Camp have been impressive, as well as his 3.4 gpa.
Cornerback Vontae Davis at 5'11" and 185 LB's, hails from Washington D.C Dunbar, and he wants to make a decision before the holidays. While Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and MSU are right there together, Illinois is pulling ahead with a slight lead, and MSU might have to make up some ground.
Bruce Campbell, a 6'6" 270 LB highly touted defensive end/offensive tackle, from New Haven (Conn.) is expected to visit MSU this weekend, and so is Sam Gardner, a 6'5" 255 pound tight end from Lexington, Kentucky. Campbell is coming off a visit to Virginia that he liked much better than the Nebraska trip, so MSU will have to pull out all the stops and make an impression. Gardner is also looking at Louisville, Kentucky, and Western Kentucky in addition to MSU.