MSU Leads For Several Top Prospects

A survey of some of the state's top high school prospects reveals that Michigan State is the leader for several, but the real question is will the Spartans be able to close the deal?

DETROIT - A survey of some of the state's top high school prospects reveals that Michigan State is the leader for several, but the real question is, will the Spartans be able to close the deal?

Coming off one of their best recruiting seasons in years - which coincided with one of their best on the field seasons in years - Michigan State has made a strong impression on the minds of some of the top prep stars in the State. takes a look at some of these players and handicaps the chance of them actually pulling the trigger on a commitment to East Lansing.

William Gholston, LB, Detroit Southeastern
Gholston set the PSL on fire playing a standup linebacker position for the Jungaleers, recording 16 sacks from the position. Seldom does one find a 6-foot-7, 220-lb player who is so agile and versatile.

There is no question that Gholston, who starred at the recent 7-on-7 passing camp in Columbus, OH last week, can cover well enough to play the SAM position, but most scouts believe he will grow into a defensive end.

Gholston wants none of that talk and has openly stated that teams that insists that he put his hand in the dirt will drop down his list of favored schools.

He has visited Michigan State fourteen times since September and admits that he really likes the Spartans, but other schools, most notably Michigan are making a strong push to sway him.

OUR TAKE: MSU has a better than 50% chance of getting a verbal, we say 65%.

Austin White, RB, Livonia Stevenson
After a recruiting year where the Spartans landed two of the State's top prospects at the running back position, they'll likely only take one player at this position and they've made no secret that they'd like it to be White.

While White is listed by as the #4 player in the state, has yet to see anyone better. White single-handley took over the playoff game against Plymouth Canton, demanding the ball on the sidelines and then taking it 78-yards on his first touch following halftime to put Stevenson up. He even played some safety on defense - a skill he showed off in Columbus this weekend -to help secure the win and eventually a trip to Spartan Stadium for the semifinals where they fell to Rockford.

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, he possesses sprinters speed, toughness and vision to find the hole and burst through it.

Expect White to take all his visits, but its going to take an exceptional effort by some program to "wow" him away from East Lansing. Scary trips to UCLA and USC that have lured players out of state loom for Spartans fans who are crossing their fingers that White becomes a Spartan.

OUR TAKE: Two brothers already in East Lansing will be tough for other teams to overcome. 65% chance of White signing a LOI with Michigan State.

Mylan Hicks, CB, Detroit Renaissance.
Hicks has emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the state following his junior season and his early performance at the 7-on-7 passing camp in Columbus did nothing to put a damper on his rising reputation.

Hicks has 4.4 speed, backpedals well, has a fluid hip turn and amazing quickness out of his break on the ball. He absolutely blanketed the receivers he faced at the Columbus 7-on-7 according to's Sean Scherer. The only downside to this player's standing is that he is only 5-foot-9, but he is a true "cover" corner.

It doesn't hurt one bit that former Renaissance stars Dana Dixon and Chris Norman are already committed to State. Nor does it hurt that MSU is looking at sophomore teammate Lawrence Thomas, and junior linebacker Ishmael Thomas seriously.

Still, MSU is in a horse race for Hicks, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt are all trying to secure the services of this rising star.

OUR TAKE: Michigan State has made a solid impression on Hicks who admitted "I can really see myself playing there." MSU chances: 60%

This story profiles just three of the State's top players who clearly have Michigan State's attention.

Going forward, will take a look at some of the top players in another region who have a solid interest in MSU.

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