Questions facing MSU

1. Pat Narduzzi.

It has been reported that he interviewed at Illinois — and rumor has it, he is rather interested in the job. Frankly, him leaving is not good news for MSU based on what we saw from the defense this season under his tutelage. Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas has been quoted as saying they wanted to have a new coach in place before its bowl game (Dec. 31, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA).

This article from The Daily Illini reports that Narduzzi and Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst are the two finalists.

If he leaves, fully expect his replacement to be hired from within — something that Dantonio seems to favor and would make sense in order to keep a defensive system/understanding as in place as possible for a team that gets it, and executes it so well.

2. Jerel Worthy.

The big man in the middle likely will go pro, in my opinion. I hope I am wrong. He probably won’t make this decision for a little while, I suspect until after the bowl game and he has kept his cards close until now, offering little indication of any lean. He has made statements post-Big Ten Championship Game with the phrase “next year” in them, but also says he has not made up his mind yet. But, as a projected first round pick by anyone who matters, Worthy’s last game in the green and white might be the Outback Bowl.

That said, I will join the Izzone members: ONE MORE YEAR!

3. Recruiting.

To put it bluntly, Brady Hoke is cleaning house in his first year at Michigan. Urban Meyer is coming to Ohio State. Mark Dantonio has to compete with both of those coaches for players now. The wonderful thing for MSU fans, and a source of great comfort, is how well he has done the past four years with his classes — and that was without the proven Big Ten success he now has to show recruits. That said, this class is a smaller one for MSU because it only loses 17 seniors (great players, but an amazingly low total). There might be three more scholarship openings, so expect Dantonio and his staff to be very judicious with the players the still have interest in.

Keeping Se’Von Pittman is essential. Meyer is courting him heavily since taking the Buckeyes job.

Monty Madaris, a four-star wide receiver from Ohio (Cincinnati Moeller — same high school as Greg Jones and Marcus Rush), is at the top of this list and will be visiting East Lansing on Dec. 10. He also is visiting Michigan and Cincinnati according to Mike Dyer of Amara Darboh, from Des Moines, Iowa, committed to Hoke in the past couple days, and he had an MSU offer on the table, so to pick up Madaris would be a nice catch for Michigan State but I don’t have the best feeling about him coming to East Lansing.

Dantonio has addressed the need for wide receivers well thus far, with Aaron Burbridge, MacGarrett Kings (three-star from Florida who has recently picked up an offer from Georgia and is getting interest from Auburn) and Kyle Kerrick (three-star from Pennsylvania). Adding Madaris would be great, given the losses of B.J Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol are going to hurt and leave the core of the offense a bit depleted.

The other two names constantly thrown around throughout the fall were running back/linebacker Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.) and safety Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral Island Coast HS, Fla.).

Coleman has been on campus a few times now and the Spartans have a good chance of picking up a commitment from the three-star recruit.

Diggs, a four-star All-American, visited for the Indiana game, according to the Detroit Free Press. It has been said that Dantonio wants to add a safety to this class, so Diggs is right at the top of this list for the Spartans wants. Demetrious Cox (Jeannette, Penn.) is the other top safety targeted by Dantonio.

Matt Dorsey from the Free Press broke down the MSU situation well and named some players they remain high on, including Diggs and Cox, a couple of weeks ago.

Moral of the story: Keep Pittman. Get Madaris. Get Coleman. Get Diggs. Get maybe one other player. That’s a wrap on another good recruiting class that continues to solidify and strengthen the program Dantonio is building.


Posted on December 6, 2011, in Football, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. If Narduzzi leaves, the question is who replaces him. Earlier I had visions of Dantonio bringing in Luke Fickell, but it seems Meyer was smart enough to keep him around. Would Dantonio promote a position coach?

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