Spartans Still In Mix For DTs Gaston, Heimuli

The eighth ranked player in the state of Illiniois, Chicago St. Rita's Bruce Gaston recently cut his list of potential schools down to six and Michigan State made the list. Ricky Heimuli, the #6 rated defensive tackle in the nation, has MSU in his top ten. Will MSU get either of them? Get Inside to find out their chances.

The eighth ranked player in the state of Illiniois, Chicago St. Rita's Bruce Gaston recently cut his list of potential schools down to six and Michigan State made the list.

Gaston, at 6-foot-3,290-pounds already has an offer from Michigan State and it is expected that MSU will get a visit from him officially this fall before he makes his decision.

Gaston recently told Jeff Baumhower of IrishEyes.com "My six are Iowa, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Illinois."

"I haven't set any of my official visits yet but out of those six schools I can only have five official visits, so what I'm going to do within a week is to figure out who all will be getting the official visits. There are two schools out of the six that are kind of closer compared to each other, so I'm going to put both of them in my top-six.

"I didn't want to narrow my schools down this early, but I have to decide where I'm going to take my official visits and I eventually have to get down to one school. I still want to do a lot more research, because I want to be 100 percent certain of my decision."

This is welcome news in East Lansing because Michigan State could use some depth at the defensive tackle position in their recruiting class. The defensive tackle position is critical to the Spartans defense, both in providing a push against the pass and in keeping offensive lineman off the linebackers in the run game.

Scout.com's Midwest Recruiting Manager Allen Trieu wrote of Gaston, "Kids with his size and ability to play the run are rare, and that's what makes him a hot commodity."

Gaston is one of a group of defensive tackles that Michigan State is looking at including four-star prospect Ricky Heimuli of Salt Lake City, UT. Heiumuli is one of the top uncommitted players at his position and Michigan State is the only non-West Coast school that made his ten finalist.

While Utah is certainly the favorite and MSU appears to be a longshot, the Spartans coaching staff have obviously made an impression on the the 6-foot-4, 295-pound star.

Carl Davis of Sterling Heights Stevenson is another player who made an impression on the Spartans at 6-foot-5 and 300-pounds, he flashed some speed and agility in his appearance in East Lansing.

Certainly the news that they have made the cut for two outstanding players at the defensive tackle position and have a young rising star in Davis interested is good news for State, but they want to seal the deal with at least one of those players in the 2010 class.


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