GoSpartans.net takes a look at the players currently holding MSU offers and how these positions could shake out.
DEFENSIVE END: The verbal from Southfield Christian star Taylor Calero takes the pressure off to an extent, but finding high school talent that can make the leap to becoming a pass rusher at the collegiate level is extremely tough.
C.J. Olaniyan has the size and the numbers and will likely continue to be a top priority for the coaching staff. Olaniyan seems to be warming up more and more to the idea of being a Spartan but he's still looking around.
J.R. "Ego" Ferguson of Frederick (MD) St. John has the size (6-foot-4, 260), Dakota Royer is a stud, while Eric Franklin of Cincinnati Cardinal Mooney, Kegan Funderburk of Pageland (SC) Central and Travis Jackson of Cincinnati St. Francis DeSales all still figure in MSU's plans.
While he could definitely play with his hand in the dirt, MSU's prize recruit, Detroit Southeastern's William Gholston has expressed his preference to play linebacker, where he dominated the Detroit Public School League as a junior, so for the purpose of this article, we will continue to rank him as an outside linebacker.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE: This is clearly a position of need for MSU who currently does not have any commitments in this group.
Shawn Green of Loganville, GA would be the prize of this group, but it'll be tough pulling him away from all the southern schools fawning over him.
They figure to have a legitimate shot of grabbing Bruce Gaston of Chicago St. Rita but the emergence of Notre Dame in his recruitment is troubling. Huber Heights (OH) Wayne star Terry Talbott also is high on MSU's radar as is Trotwood-Madison star Anthony Render.
Rising up the ladder quickly is Sterling Heights Stevenson's Carl Davis. Tra Thomas of Wadesboro, NC is also in the mix. The Spartans will get a welcome visit from newly interested Matt Stokes of Ft. Lauderdale, FL this week.
A commitment from any of these players would be welcome news.
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