Three-Stars on the Board

Sterling Lucas, scheduled to visit Michigan State on the weekend of Jan. 26, is a speedy linebacker recruit who has generated much buzz, and many offers, since his appearance in the Shrine Bowl. Michigan State was the first school to offer the Orangeburg, S.C. prospect, and with Kaleb Thornhill graduating, Lucas could make an impact on the depth chart and find some playing time at LB.

Two-and-a-half weeks from now Michigan State will usher in the first full recruiting class of Mark Dantonio.

The big names remaining on the board for teams like Michigan State to wow in the final weeks of the recruiting process include Nick Perry, Mark Ingram and Steve Gardiner.

But what about those prospects flying under the radar? Here's a look at some remaining three-star recruits Mark Dantonio and staff have on the board:

Sterling Lucas, scheduled to visit Michigan State on the weekend of Jan. 26, is a speedy linebacker recruit who has generated much buzz, and many offers, since his appearance in the Shrine Bowl. Michigan State was the first school to offer the Orangeburg, S.C. prospect, and with Kaleb Thornhill graduating, Lucas could make an impact on the depth chart and find some early playing time at LB. The Spartans face stiff competition from Atlantic Coast Conference teams such as North Carolina State, Wake Forest and North Carolina among others.

Numerous ACC teams, Tennessee and Louisville all covet Greg Scruggs. If the Spartans land this 6-foot-5, 225-pound Cincinnati athlete, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi would likely slot him at D-end under the watchful eye of D-line coach Ted Gill, but Scruggs could also be a tweener with the ability to play other positions like outside linebacker.

Although Michigan State already has a number of secondary recruits already in the bag, they would be happy to add cornerback prospect Neiko Lipscomb who recently participated in the Under Armour All-American game. The Tucker (GA) product, recruited by a number of SEC teams, was born in Michigan and still has roots here. Georgia appears to be a front runner, and Michigan State a long shot, but scholarship limitations could force Lipscomb to look northward beyond the Bulldogs, and with a head coach like Dantonio, who spent years coaching up the secondaries, the Spartans could be a surprise pick.

Another cornerback prospect (is it possible to have too many corners?) is Kevin Whaley, scheduled to visit the same weekend as Lucas later this month. ACC teams such as Virginia and Virginia Tech are after the 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster who has recorded a 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash.

The Spartans would seem to be at their limit for wide receivers, and the chances of overtaking Colorado as his favorite are slim, but if Ed Tinker manages a qualifying SAT score, Michigan State would be happy to make room for this talented Brasheer High School (Pittsburg) prospect. After junior Devin Thomas' decision to leave MSU for the NFL, the availability of early playing time, something Tinker has mentioned as important, could help make the Spartans an attractive alternative.

Highly sought after three-stars Hamani Stevens, an offensive lineman from Hemet (CA), and John Youboty, a D-end from Klein (TX), have recently ruled out Michigan State.

Stay tuned to GSN for updates and in-depth features on all of these three-star recruits and many others.


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