Fourth and One: Michigan State Recruiting - talking Jayru Campbell, Parrker Westphal, Damion Terry
This week: Jayru Campbell, Curtis Blackwell & more
12:22 PM, Sep 4, 2013
5:04 PM, Sep 5, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - College football fans are always looking to find out more about who will be on the field next for their favorite team.
Now, Michigan State fans can turn to WXYZ to find out the latest about high school football players who will be in East Lansing next.
Starting this week, and appearing every Wednesday during the football season on WXYZ.com, Brad Galli will host Fourth and One: Michigan State Recruiting.
The show's focus is on the high school players the Spartans are trying to bring the East Lansing. Brad will be joined by Hondo Carpenter of Spartan Nation every week. Each episode's first four downs will be discussions on high school prospects, coaches, and the recruiting trail. The extra point will be all about a freshman making an impact at MSU.
In the debut episode, here's what Brad and Hondo discuss:
First Down: Jayru Campbell's commitment - and improvements -The two-time state champion Detroit Cass Tech quarterback committed to Michigan State before his junior season, turning away attention from Alabama and Notre Dame, among other schools. This year, he's shown signs of taking over his blue chip-laden team, and has already improved in his decision-making ability. He has the potential to skyrocket in attention and jump up scouting rankings in the next two seasons, but where his commitment to Mark Dantonio's staff seems rock solid.
Second Down: Curtis Blackwell's importance to the staff -Leaving the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp for Michigan State's staff turned a lot of heads in recruiting circles. His impact has been widespread in Detroit, giving student athletes a reason to believe 'one of their own' is in East Lansing. But what's already been intriguing, is the impact he's made nationwide. Parents and recruits have heard of the SMSB camp, and having Blackwell in the fold boosts MSU's national appeal.
Third Down: Parrker Westphal packs star power as defensive target -The senior defensive back from Bolingbrook, Illinois was believed to be a lock for Michigan, but has recently been entertaining the possibility of committing to Michigan State. The only thing Spartan fans love more than a top prospect is one who spurns Michigan to come to East Lansing. Dantonio's staff, according to Carpenter, told Westphal he could play safety at MSU, differing from the schools offering him a spot as a cornerback.
Fourth Down: Running back with speed could alter 2014 class -Madre London is a speedy, bulky back from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who has the ability to change Michigan State's offense as soon as next year. Carpenter calls him to a bigger Edwin Baker. He has attention from Nebraska, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Wisconsin, but watching tape on him and it's easy to see: he is a speedy back who is college-ready.
Extra Point: Damion Terry...is he ready? -The current quarterback controversy in East Lansing is a sore subject for an offense trying to rebuild after a rough 2012 season. Mark Dantonio said Tuesday the competition is back open, with a four-man race. Freshman Damion Terry, by all accounts, has the talent to play, and even got the fan support from the crowd. But is that enough to get him on the field now? Likely not. Andrew Maxwell will likely get the call until things go very poorly, and then it's between Tyler O'Connor and Connor Cook. Terry could change the Spartans offense, but as for now, it seems like a redshirt is more possible than a starting job.
Each week, we'll return with a new episode. Tweet @BradGalli and @HondoCarpenter with players you'd like to hear more about or questions you have.