Rather than take a hands off approach, Dantonio has embraced the innner-city and taken it on with a zeal seldom seen out of MSU in years past.
The result is that several of your most asked about players are strongly considering the University despite also receiving offers from crosstown rival Michigan and several other top universities.
GSN updates the status of ones you most requested information about:
5. MarQueis Gray, QB: Indianapolis Ben Davis
Suddenly, Gray has vaulted to the position of being one of the top two quarterback on Michigan State's board. Gray recently narrowed his list of schools to a top three of Oregon, Minnesota and Michigan State. Gray is a run-pass threat (completing just over 50% of his passes while rushing for 603 yards as a junior).
Gray will make official visits to his top three and then expect him to pull the trigger in August.
Chances of landing at MSU: 50%
4. Jonas Gray, RB, Detroit Country Day
Gray's been a tough read due to the love he's gotten at nearly every schools he's visited. After giving mixed signals early on, he's been pretty solid in saying Michigan State is at or near the top of his list.
One situation that bears keeping an eye on is the announcement of Houston CyFair running back Sam McGuffie. UM has begun making overtures to Gray in case they don't land McGuffie and Gray appears to be the fallback. With UM preparing to offer his best friend linebacker Kenny Demens, he could be swayed away from East Lansing.
Chances of landing at MSU: 60%
3. Deon'tae Pannell, OL, Birmingham Groves
Saavy State fans know that the Spartans are going to need an influx of talent in the trenches and we've had loads of questions, emails regarding Pannell. It appears that it's going to come down to Penn State and Michigan State for Panell who has gone on the record as stating that Michigan is third. The MSU coaching staff has been on Pannell from the beginning and appears to have made a solid impression. It appears only the charm of JoePa could stop MSU from landing this talented offensive lineman.
Chances of landing at MSU: 65%
2. Nicholas Perry, DL, Detroit King
Talk about being torn between two schools! Perry interviewed with GSN and told us that MSU was his top choice, the next day he appeared on sister site GoBlueWolverine.com and told Sam Webb that UM was on top. Go figure! Whatever, this talented, personable impact interior lineman can only play for one school, despite liking both. This is going to go down to the wire between UM and MSU.
Chances of landing at MSU: 50/50
1. Fred Smith, WR, Detroit Southeastern
Smith is down to the two in-state schools, UM and MSU. The x-factor in all of this is that Smith's close friend, DB, Charles Burrell has already committed to the Spartans. Having to go up against his close friend in head-to-head competition may not appeal very much to a wideout who clearly would be MSU's go to guy in 2010.
Still, the very fact that Smith is considering UM could mean trouble for MSU. Michigan put the full-court press on in their end of July junior day, but Smith gave strong signals to GSN that MSU is still firmly in the lead. Is blood thicker than water?
Chances of landing at MSU: 60%
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