Spartans After Canadian Prospects

MSU is hoping their previous visit to the Montreal Combine will pay dividends this week with the visit of defensive tackle J'Michael Deane on the 13th. They also after two other highly touted Canadian prospects in linebacker/defensive back Karl McCartney, and defensive tackle prospect, Vaughn Martin.

OKEMOS, MI -- J'Michael Deane, a 6-foot-6 290-pound force on the interior defensive wall, is a run stopper and gap clogger the Spartans hope to attain.

Deane ran an impressive 4.8 forty at the University of Toronto Combine, which is flying for that size. Playing for the Newton Brook Wildcats in North York(ON), he tallied 41.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He has already has passed the S.A.T, and been offered a scholarship by Akron, where he visited on December 9th. Ohio University, Penn St, Connecticut, and Duke are also pursuing Deane. Deane was an OVFL All-Star this year. J'Michael has improved his forty time from runs of 5.08 and 5.16 in a previous combine to his current time of 4.8. He also ran a 4.74 shuttle and broad-jumped 8-feet, 8-inches.

Canadian football is a little different. Twelve men play on the field, you can take a 13th year of high school and, you can play three seasons of football in one year. A plan our friends north of the border got from hockey. However, they are producing good prospects.

Another prospect from Canada that could find their way to MSU is Deane's buddy, Vaughn Martin, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Forest City London (ON). Vaughn is also a defensive tackle and both have indicated they would like to play in college together. Vaughn actually made the Team Canada roster that will play in the Global Junior Championships in Detroit. This features the best 180 players around the world who are 19-years of age or younger. Teams from Germany, Mexico, Japan, and the USA will be represented. The game will be played in late January. The most impressive thing about Martin was that he was considered the most impressive camper in Montreal. He has improved his forty time from 5.17 to 5.09, and had a faster shuttle than Deane at 4.61. He broad jumped 8.5 He is being recruited by MSU, Penn St, Ohio University and Toledo.

Finally, GSN has learned that MSU has offered St. Andrews College linebacker/defensive back Karl McCartney. McCartney will also be a member of Team Canada when they make their trek into Detroit. MSU has already offered, and McCartney may also visit Eastern Michigan.

McCartney has an impressive background attending St. Andrews, which is a military school. All students here are considered members of the Military Cadet Corps and must dress the part.

McCartney earned distinction as a Lance Corporal and as a Silver Star instructor. The thing that stands out about him is his leadership ability. He actually founded a council to help students adjust to life at St. Andrews, and also did extensive volunteer and community service work for under privileged kids.

He also was voted the MVP athlete, playing football, basketball, rugby, running track, and was a member of the swim team, which he is especially proud of. He actually captained the Bahamian Boys National Swim Team in 2001 and 2003.

McCartney is solidly built and played both running back and linebacker at St. Andrews at 6-foot-2 and 220-pounds. St Andrews finished at 4-5.

However, McCartney was dominant, making "most of the tackles" in the season opener, and returned a punt 50-yards for a touchdown in game three. Against DeLaSalle in game four, he scored two touchdowns rushing, and still another score on a punt return. In game five, McCartney accounted for all four of St Andrews touchdowns, three rushing, and one on a 25-yard interception return. In the first semi-final game of the playoffs, his 20-yard touchdown reception led St. Andrews to an upset of St. Michaels, the previously No.1 ranked school in Toronto.

Hopefully for MSU, three guys north of the border will soon wear the green and white pretty soon.

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