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Spartans search for another defensive tackle
Michigan State doesn’t expect to lose a lot from the defensive line when the 2017 season ends.
Only end Demetrius Cooper ( whose scholarship status remains in question) and tackle Devyn Salmon enter their senior seasons this fall. After they depart, the Spartans will have 14 scholarship defensive linemen left on the roster.
Seems like a solid number, right? That isn’t stopping the Spartans from trying to beef up the line in the 2018 class. They’ve already landed Olentangy (Ohio) twins Jacob and Zachary Slade, both 3-star prospects in the 247Sports composite ratings projected play tackle and end, respectively. Three-star Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) DE Park Gissinger has joined the class, as well.
But there still seems to be space for one more, as Michigan State has continued to pursue several defensive tackle prospects. Three-star prospects Kingston Harris of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Sal Spina of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) stand among the uncommitted players with Michigan State offers.
Three-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) standout Dashaun Mallory camped at Michigan State in June and subsequently listed the Spartans as his favorite. He had initially planned to come to a decision in early July but remains undecided.
Three-star Timpview (Provo, Utah) tackle Jackson Cravens might just be the answer. The cousin of Spartans defensive end Mufi Hill-Hunt, Cravens has been hearing good things about the school and the program. Now he just needs to set up a visit.
“I haven’t found a set date yet,” Cravens told Land of 10, “but I’m still pretty positive I will be taking an official there.”
It’s not as high a priority as other spots on the roster, but if Michigan State will land around 20-21 commitments like coach Mark Dantonio anticipates, another defensive lineman will almost certainly be among those yet to commit.
Top receivers still on Spartans’ radar
Michigan State already has a couple of projected wide receivers committed in Sandusky (Ohio) prospect Javez Alexander and Julian Major of Penn Hills (Pittsburgh). But there are some players who can’t make it to campus until it’s an official visit.
For those players, Michigan State has to battle. Each recruit gets just five official visits, but the players on the Spartans’ radar have far more than five options.
Take Tommy Bush, for example. Michigan State became one of the first to show interest in the 4-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wideout, but somewhere around 50 more schools have since offered, as well. Dantonio and his staff continue to heavily pursue Bush in an attempt to get him on campus for an official visit.
The same goes for Joe Wilkins Jr. The 3-star North Fort Myers (Fla.) receiver picked up his Michigan State offer back in May and hasn’t visited, but the Spartans continue to heavily pursue him. They knew from the start that if he were to visit, it would be an official in the fall.
— J₩J4⃣ (@joewilkinsjrrr) August 9, 2017
The Spartans will certainly add one, maybe multiple, receivers before the 2018 class is finished. They’re aiming high.
Report: 4-star RB to take official visit
Per Rivals, Michigan State will bring in one of its top running back targets for an official visit for its game against Notre Dame on Sept. 23.
— Spartan Insight (@RedCedarRecruit) August 10, 2017
Harold Joiner, a 4-star Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.) running back, has had Michigan State near the top of his list for a while because of the openings in its depth chart. This visit would be an excellent opportunity to try to reel him in.
“My only problem there is the weather,” he joked in July. “I don’t know how I’m going to do in that weather. That’s about it.”
Fortunately for the Spartans, a September game should leave a much better impression weather-wise than if he came in during the Big Ten slate.
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