Signing Day introductions:
EAST LANSING - Kirk Gibson, Andre Rison, Plaxico Burress, Charles Rogers, Devin Thomas: The lineage of standout wide receivers at Michigan State is an impressive one. Fred Smith, the star of Mark Dantonio's 2008 recruiting class, could join that distinguished list.
Smith (Southeastern HS, Mich.) headlines a solid class of wide-outs ready to contribute like 2007 recruit Mark Dell did early on last season.
With 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Smith will have an opportunity to step in where Devin Thomas left off. The offensive scheme of Michigan State rewards receivers with breakaway speed who can slip past safeties that creep up to negate an imposing Spartan ground attack.
Smith highlight video:
Another highly regarded receiver with the chance to contribute early to the team is Westland HS (Mich.) athlete Keshawn Martin.
"He's a guy (who's) phenomenal," Spartan coach Mark Dantonio said on signing day.
Martin is another speed demon, reporting a 4.38 in the 40 to go along with a sleek 6-foot, 180 pound frame. His presence could first be apparent on special teams, another area where the Spartans need to reload at after the departure of Thomas.
Myles White (Livonia Stevenson HS, Mich.), yet another speedster who was also recruited by schools as a track athlete, could be the possession receiver of the 2008 class. The Livonia athlete runs crisp routes and has displayed dependable hands. His twin brother, Mitchell, earned a track scholarship at Michigan State and will also join the football team as a preferred walk-on.
White highlight video:
GSN welcomes the wide receiver class of 2008 and wishes them well in their career as Spartans.
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