MSU picks up two football recruits after weekend

It looks like the final pieces of the Michigan State class 0f 2012 are beginning to fall into place.

After a weekend filled with visitors, from committed recruits, to many others either uncommitted or committed elsewhere, Mark Dantonio and his staff picked up two verbal commitments — a defensive tackle and a safety.

Mark Meyers, a three-star safety from Whitmer High School in Toledo, was still in East Lansing when he received an offer from MSU around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Meyers had previously committed to Toledo. Rumors indicated grades were his problem in attracting Big Ten schools, but after clearing up those problems, MSU came calling.

Listed at 6-foot, 180-pounds, Meyers runs a 4.46 40-yard dash.

The Spartans also received a verbal commitment from unranked defensive tackle David Fennell — who could prove to be the steal of the class.

Fennell, from Portland, Ore., is a 6-3, 275-pound lineman who shows a good burst off the snap and a good nose for the ball. (Editor’s Note: According to’s profile of Fennell, he did have offers from Iowa, Oregon State and Louisville among others.)

Fennell is an interesting player, who only played high school football in the United States for one season after spending previous years playing in Canada. He was named to the Oregon 6A (Division 1) All-State team in 2011 and was selected as the (Portland) Metro League Defensive Player of the Year.

And he comes from some nice bloodlines. His father (also David Fennell), oh no big deal, just a defensive lineman named as the 24th-best player in the modern era of the Canadian Football League.  He also had a nickname: Doctor Death. Alrighty.

The usual everyday nickname your dad had and a standard route to play D-1 football.

The commitments of Meyers and Fennell bring the MSU class to 16 players, and barring any big changes, no more than two more players will be added to the class (four as an absolute maximum).

Michigan State was in pursuit of other defensive tackles (Terrell Jackson, Jaleel Johnson) and safeties (Demetrious Cox, Jordan Moore, Anfornee Stewart).

Jackson decommitted from Duke on Sunday, and had plans to visit MSU next weekend — which could change with the commitment of Fennell.

Wide receiver Monty Madaris is expected to announce his decision between the Spartans and the Cincinnati Bearcats on Monday after visiting East Lansing again this weekend.

Tight end J.P Holtz also is choosing between MSU and Pitt.

Wisconsin commit Kyle Dodson, an offensive lineman from Ohio, was on campus this weekend and would be a player Dantonio would love to pick up and could push the number in the class higher if he chooses to become a Spartan.

With a few top players remaining with MSU offers, it will be a very interesting homestretch leading to signing day on Feb. 1.


Posted on January 22, 2012, in Football, Recruiting and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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