EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's offense finally took shape last weekend, and in the world of recruiting, that was just in time. In the latest episode of WXYZ's new recruiting show, Brad Galli and Sports Nation's Hondo Carpenter talk about who's coming next to East Lansing.
Connor Cook and the Spartans beat up Youngstown State, 55-17, and while it was against a lower division opponent, Brad and Hondo discuss the impact the performance had on high school prospects considering MSU.
In this week's episode of Fourth and One: Michigan State Recruiting, Brad and Hondo discuss a four-star wide receiver who recently visited East Lansing, a Detroit prospect with MSU ties, and the latest on a unique pitch to a local running back.
First down: Exhale, there is an offense in place
For their last 16 games, Michigan State struggled to maintain any offensive identity. Last season, Le'Veon Bell was the team's saving grace, but with him out of the picture, there was plenty of head-scratching in East Lansing....and beyond. The effect of the Spartans lackluster offense has reached high school recruits. As Hondo shares, one top-tier player recently admitted to getting texts from BCS coaches about the poor Michigan State offense. The Spartans need to continually show improvements on the offensive side of the ball to prove there's more to do in East Lansing than be a part of one of the nation's best defenses. This week at Notre Dame provides a grand showcase to do just that.
Second down: MSU's unique pitch to big-time wide receiver
Montae Nicholson is a 2014 wide receiver from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Nearly every BCS school has been seeking him to join their program, and Michigan State is no exception. The Spartans hosted Nicholson this season, and used a unique pitch. MSU sees Nicholson's four-star athleticism as a potential anchor on offense and defense. Mark Dantonio coached at Ohio State when players like Chris Gamble played both sides of the ball. Landing Nicholson would be a step in that direction.
Third down: The Cass Tech Connecton
Mike Weber is a 2015 running back at Detroit Cass Tech. He's been a part of the Technicians rise to a state, and national power the last two seasons. He's being heavily recruited by Michigan, MSU, and Tennessee. Hondo points out the Volunteers are the front-runners making the big pitch to join the SEC team's 2015 class as the featured back. He is speedy with good size and the confidence to run people over. MSU has already landed Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell, which could ultimately help the Spartans complete the package deal.
Fourth down: Running back? Linebacker? Nope, not in East Lansing
Kyle Rachwal is a running back/linebacker from Lapeer East (MI). He's being recruited to play fullback at Michigan State, and as Hondo points out, his linebacker aggressiveness speaks to that thought. He recently visited MSU, but is also considering Iowa and Nebraska.
Extra point: New tight end...well, sorta
Jamal Lyles came to Michigan State this season as a defensive end. The offensive coaches needed athletic bodies at tight end, and Lyles continually caught their eye. In his first game at his new position, Lyles ran the wrong route, but reeled in a catch with ease. Hondo says the coaches in the box all let out a collective gasp. Dantonio's teams have always had a reliable tight end. This year, it may come from the most unlikely place: the other side of the ball.
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