A Look at Status of Michigan State recruiting

Michigan State recruiting has been in flux for the past two weeks since John L. Smith cleaned out his office and new head coach Mark Dantonio has moved into the big chair.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State recruiting has been in flux for the past two weeks since John L. Smith cleaned out his office and new head coach Mark Dantonio has moved in.

In response to requests from our readers, GSN has attempted to find out the status of MSU first class under Dantonio. While this is by no means a definitive list, we believe it is accurate:

Garrett Celek, is the newest member of the Michigan State recruiting class having de-committed from Cincinnati and verballed to Michigan State on Sunday. The two-star, 6-foot-6, 235 tight end prospect is the brother of University of Cincinnati's MVP Brent Celek.

Jack Cornell Jr., a three-star, 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman, from Quincy, IL. Notre Dame, still is a soft verbal commitment but is visiting Nebraska and Illinois.

Regarding his commitment, Cornell said "I am still committed to Michigan State and I am not sure how much longer that is going to last. I am going to sit down with my family and go over pros and cons."

Cornell and fellow recruit Paul Simkovich reportedly made a pack that they would de-commit if offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was fired.

Darell David-Budanauro, 6-foot-4, 350 pound lineman from East Grand Rapids, MI is still a verbal commitment to Michigan State, but is open to taking visits. Phone calls to East Grand Rapids coaching staff were not immediately returned.

Mark Dell, one of MSU prized recruits, is still solid with Michigan State and is expected to sign a letter of intent on National Signing Day. Calls to Dell were not immediately returned.

John Hughes, a 6-foot-2, 260 pound two star defensive end/tight end combo prospect from Gahanna, OH., Lincoln high school was the first player to commit to new coach Mark Dantonio. Hughes chose MSU over Akron, Ball State, Cincinnati, Marshall, Toledo and Wisconsin.

Ishmyl Johnson, 6-foot-5, 250-pound from Milford Academy is still a soft verbal commitment to Michigan State but after Smith's firing he agreed to visit Pittsburgh. He is expected to take a visit there sometime in December.

Defensive end Vaughn Martin, a two-star 6-foot-4, 325 pound defensive tackle from Milford Academy remains committed to Michigan State as of this writing.

Keith Nichol, the elite-11 quarterback from Lowell, MI de-committed and committed to the University of Oklahoma.

Paul Simkovich apparently saw the handwriting on the wall, de-committed from Michigan State and committed to Akron. Simkovich, who was a recruit of former offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, was probably not going to pass muster with the new coaching staff. The 6-foot-5, 285 pound offensive lineman committed to the Zips yesterday.

Simkovich told Scout.com's Matt Akire, "I took an official visit to Akron this weekend and gave them my verbal commitment," he said. "I de-committed from Michigan State today.

"The coaches being fired had a huge bearing on my decision as Coach (Jeff) Stoutland is like a Father to me. It was really hard to see him [go]. ``My friend Jack Cornell (also a Michigan State commitment) and I made the decision that we were going to leave (Michigan State) if he was fired."

Kendall Washington, a two-star, 6-foot-4, 195-pound wide receiver from Louisville, St. Thomas Aquinas remains committed to Michigan State as of this writing.

Ryan Wheat, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound three-star defensive tackle from Flint Carman-Ainsworth remains committed to Michigan State.

George White, a 6-foot-3, 249 pound two star outside linebacker, also from Flint Carman-Ainsworth remains committed to Michigan State.

MSU currently has ten commitments in Coach Dantonio's first class and is agressively pursuing several three-star players in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Stay tuned to GSN to keep up-to-date on MSU's recruiting.


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