September has arrived. Now the fun begins.
And it’s not just the start of college football. A month-long dead recruiting period has finally come to an end. College coaches can reach out to 2019 recruits, scout high school football games and host prospects on official and unofficial visits.
So there’s plenty of work to be done. Michigan State has 15 players committed to its 2018 class, with the intention of landing five or six more. With that in mind, we have three objectives for the Spartans to achieve over the next month, and its not just about 2018.
3. Keep building for 2019
Sure, Michigan State has plenty of needs to fill in 2018. But with such a talented group in 2019, the Spartans must pay just as much attention to the juniors as the seniors. It will pay off down the road.
The Spartans have already landed Walled Lake (Mich.) Western tackle Spencer Brown, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite. But the state of Michigan has seven other 4-star prospects as well. Michigan State has been pushing hard for dual-threat QB Dwan Mathis, running back Jaren Mangham and cornerback Julian Barnett. It must continue to do so.
2. Scout, offer more prospects
Michigan State likely doesn’t have enough offers out to uncommitted prospects to fill its needs. The Spartans will need to find other players it deems worthy of offers, particularly at running back and wide receiver.
Take 3-star Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley receiver Kory Taylor. The 6-foot-5 standout took a big jump to the No. 143 ranking nationally at his position. Louisville, Minnesota and West Virginia are among those who have jumped in the mix. Michigan State has not offered, but Taylor said receivers coach Terrence Samuel will scout him in person on Sept. 15 during the Spartans’ bye weekend.
Now that the evaluation period has begun, Michigan State can see which players previously on its radar have taken big steps forward. The Spartans will probably also find some high-performing prospects it hadn’t even paid any mind before. A lot can change from junior to senior year.
1. Land a running back
This will be the top priority until Michigan State gets it done. Ideally the Spartans would bring in two running backs in this class, but to get there, they first need to reel in one.
The pitch has been a chance at immediate playing time. Gerald Holmes and possibly LJ Scott will be gone when the 2018 class arrives, leaving a thin depth chart and the opportunity to see the field as a freshman. Many have been intrigued, but none have taken the offer yet.
Elijah Collins would be a great start. The University of Detroit Jesuit RB looks like Michigan State’s best shot among offered running backs. Behind him, 4-star standout Harold Joiner from Birmingham, Ala., and 3-star prospect DeMarcus Townsend from Naples, Fla., have both spoken of plans to visit East Lansing soon.
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