December 9, 2010
Coaching changes create opportunities
A few years ago the coaching change at Minnesota allowed Michigan State to land All-American linebacker Greg Jones. This year the coaching landscape is as volatile as ever, and with a stable staff the Spartans may just be able to capitalize.
The coaching changes at school such as Indiana, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and now Florida have thrown a lot of quality prospects into a state of limbo. Many of the committed players are now exploring what options they have available to them. Michigan State has several scholarship spots still available for teh class of 2011 and could capitalize on the instability at other programs.
The firing of Bill Lynch at Indiana directly impacted several Michigan high school players that had committed to the Hoosiers. SpartanMag.com has been in-contact with the majority of them and it look as if the Spartans will likely not make a move after the majority of these players. (Jalen Schlachter, Bernard Taylor, Shafer Johnson)
ATH prospect Raymon Taylor of Highland Park High School is the highest ranked in-state prospect that is now looking around. The Iowa Hawkeyes are making a play for him and the Michigan Wolverines have also inquired. Michigan State does not look to be involved as of 24 hours ago.
The Spartans will likely only take 1 or 2 more skill players for this class and they are looking for "supers" to fill those spots. Taylor is a good prospect, but he is not in the "super" category.
The so called "resignation" of Dave Wansntedt at pittsburgh could have big impact on the recruiting scene. The Panthers had a very solid class assembled and many teams will certainly look to have some of the Pitt commitments take official visits to their school, Michigan State included.
SpartanMag.com contacted multiple players last night to find out if other schools have contacted them.
The players we contacted who said they had heard from Michigan State included defensive end's Desimon Green and Max Issaka as well as defensive tackle Marquise Wright. The Spartans offered all three of these players early in the process and were not able to get them to visit East Lansing before they selected Pittsburgh.
The players above indicated that Michigan State is one of several teams that have contacted them about taking an official visit.
One player that told us he has not heard from Michigan State is defensiev end Denote Gibson of St Edwards High School in Ohio. Gibson did inform us that Northwestern has been in touch with him. Gibson checks in at 6-foot-3, 218-pounds. In contrast, Issaka and Green are more in the 240-pound range and that is likely why the Spartans have focused on them.
Wright is the type of defensive tackle that the Spartans would love to have playing for them in a conference as physical as the Big Ten. Much like fellow tackle prospect Darian Cooper, Wright is a player that could make an early impact in college.
Another player that has not heard from Michigan State is wide receiver Justin Olack of Washington High School in Ohio. Many initially assumed that since DeAnthony Arnett decided to go to Tennessee, that the Spartans would turn focus toward another wideout. The reality is that the Michigan State staff would much rather add a player that could play offense or defense, that is why prospects like Doran Grant and possibly Valdez Showers are priorities.
The resignation of Urban Meyer at Florida came as a shock to many and several Gator prospects will certainly re-evaluate their situation. For Michigan State this could be an important development. The Spartan coaching staff really wanted to add Showers of Madison Heights Madison High school to this class when he committed back in August. Showers is the type of recruit that Michigan State would certainly find a spot for.
SpartanMag.com tried to contact Showers last night, but was unable to get a hold of him. We did speak with someone who is close to the situation and they indicate that they expect Showers to speak with the staff and see what is going on before he makes any decisions.
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