With signing day approaching, MSU putting finishing touches on 2012 class

This is the time of year where Mark Dantonio and his staff has picked up great under-the-radar commitments recently such as Le’Veon Bell and Darqueze Dennard.

It’s about time to kick that up before signing day.

The Spartans are looking to fill in their final scholarships for 2012 with a defensive back, defensive lineman and potentially a wide receiver or offensive lineman.

What makes the upcoming two and a half weeks before signing day particularly interesting is it will be a sort of first-come, first-serve basis. If a player really wants to be a Spartan, they will have to jump on the offer soon because there are such few spots (3 or 4) left to fill.

With the commitment of DeAnthony Arnett, longtime target Monty Madaris made an interesting move — he canceled his visit to Michigan and scrapped plans to visit Kentucky.

Madaris, of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, will decide this weekend where he plans to play football, and it is down to Michigan State and Cincinnati according to Matt Dorsey. Ohio State had shown recent interest, but doesn’t seem to be a player in his decision.

If Madaris elects to go to Cincinnati, the Spartans are not likely to add another receiver. (Editor’s Note: Turns out Madaris will be visiting MSU this weekend.)

The other main target remaining on the offensive side of the ball is J.P. Holtz, a three-star tight end prospect from Pittsburgh. Holtz was committed to Penn State, but reopened his recruitment recently with the changes in staffing in State College.

He visited East Lansing last weekend and is down to his final two schools: MSU and Pitt.

Defensive tackle was already a position the Spartans were looking to add a player to, but once Jerel Worthy left, it became a spot the Spartans need to fill if they want players ready to take over once Anthony Rashad White graduates.

An Iowa commit, four-star defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, might visit MSU on Jan. 27 after Iowa’s offseason issue have him questioning if Iowa City is the right place for him.

The latest and most constantly talked about MSU target is a three-star defensive tackle Terrell Jackson, who is verbally committed to Duke, but will visit MSU on the weekend of Jan. 27.

Two players scheduled to be on campus this weekend are three-star safety Mark Meyers and two-star running back Marcus Horne. (Editor’s Note: Horne did not visit MSU this weekend, but is scheduled to next weekend.)

Those last three have yet to receive an offer from MSU, but Dantonio is known to prefer offering a scholarship in person, so they could leave East Lansing with an offer in hand.

Also on campus will be four-star offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who is a soft verbal commit to Wisconsin, but has been taking visits since then. Michigan State will be the final of his five allotted visits.

The majority of the committed 2012 recruits will be visiting MSU together this weekend with the aforementioned players still making their decisions. Not only is this a good opportunity for the commits to get to know each other, but it also provides a good chance for them to work on those undecided recruits.

Another potential recruit for the defensive line is two-star defensive tackle Jaxon Hood. He is a Boston College commitment from Arizona, but remains open to taking visits and will be visiting the University of Arizona this weekend. No visit to MSU is scheduled yet.

Four-star safety Demetrious Cox remains the prime target for the Spartans. Cox visited MSU on Dec. 16, and is visiting Penn State this weekend. He also is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Pitt.

An interesting get could be Anfornee Stewart, an unranked prospect from Georgia. He played quarterback in high school, as well as defensive back. He said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Michigan State is his leader, and will visit next weekend.

The Spartans visited a second safety from Georgia this week. Jordan Moore, an unranked prospect (three-star on Scout.com), has picked up a lot of interest late in the recruiting process including that from MSU, prompting coaches to pay a visit to Moore.

He has a Michigan State offer.

Another uncommitted safety the Spartans are after is Bam Bradley, a three-star from Trotwood, Ohio. He can take one more official visit and could choose to make it to East Lansing.

The Spartans recently lost out on Tevin Coleman, a player MSU had been pursuing hard for quite some time, the running back/linebacker prospect chose Indiana a week ago.

Also, four-star wide receiver Kenny Lawler (who I personally wanted badly in an MSU uniform after watching this highlight video) appears headed to Oregon State.

On a positive note, future Spartan Jermaine Edmonson was named the defensive back MVP of the Offense-Defense All-American Game.

Posted on January 19, 2012, in Football, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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