Which Running Back Will Be A Spartan?

With the loss of three running backs from the program due to off-field and non-talent issues, Michigan State desperately needs to add an additional running back to the 2010 recruiting class.

With the loss of three running backs from the program due to off-field and non-talent issues, Michigan State desperately needs to add an additional running back to the 2010 recruiting class.

Three players appear to be at the top of the Spartans wish list, but it seems that only one, maybe two, will actually be able to don the Green-and-White due to scholarship limitations.

James White, of Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas is now down to four schools, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Michigan State. White recently visited the Wolfpack and said afterwards,

"They're all about even. I've been to all of them. I'm just looking for a place to get an education, graduate and get my degree. I want it to be a place like a home away from home with a family atmosphere and the opportunity to play."

Aquinas was upset in the semi-final round of the Florida State high school championship playoffs and so he can know give his full attention to his recruiting visits.

Another Florida star, Coral Springs (FL) Taravella's Devon Wright likes MSU as well. He is interested in UConn, Florida International, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Spartans.

At 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, Wright rushed for 1,622 yards and 19 TDs including a 216 yard performance against Deerfield Beach as a junior.

Wright continued his consistent production as a senior and while he didn't reach his goal of rushing for 2,000 because of the huge target on his back after his great junior season, he still rushed for 1,529 and 16 TDs. He caught seven balls for 161 yards and a TD.

If Wright commits to Michigan State, they might elect to take another back because of his exceptional ability as a safety. Wright has said he would be willing to play either position at the collegiate level.

North Canton (OH) Hoover star Erick Howard might be the most talented back remaining who has not yet committed to a school, but there's a good reason for that. The two-time Mr. Football in talent-laden Ohio has academic issues that might prevent him from playing as a freshman altogether.

His head coach, Don Hertler, Jr was quoted telling the Canton Repository "As of today, he's a nonqualifier for Division I schools. That's up to him on how serious he wants to take that. My hope is that he buckles down and makes the grades to qualify for Division I. But a lot of guys have taken different paths and been successful. It will all be how determined he is to do the academics."

Howard has said he might go the prep school route. Several top college programs would love to have Howard and MSU is no exception.

Westland John Glenn's Jeremy Langford was a virtual unknown until he burst on the scene rushing for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. He has offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Illinois State.

He visited Michigan but didn't get an offer from the Wolverines. Recently Colorado got in on his recruiting, set up an official visit for the weekend of November 18th and gave him a scholarship offer.

But the visit to CU never took place and it is unknown if or when he will visit the Buffaloes. The 6-foot, 185-pounder appears to still be popping up on the MSU radar, but his lack of a track record of production appears to be a stumbling block with some schools who are looking at him.


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