Michigan State Football: 5 bold predictions for the month of August

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver R.J. Shelton (12) and tight end Jamal Lyles (11) celebrate a touchdown against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

3. MSU makes strong push for Sammons

A couple of weeks ago, Scout.com‘s Allen Trieu reported that the Spartans were making a solid impression on four-star defensive end Prince Sammons.

Related: Prince Sammons showing interest in MSU

The four-star from Cincinnati, Ohio, is in the perfect location for Dantonio’s reach and he has taken care of recruiting in the state for quite some time.

However, the Spartans have turned away guys like Khalid Kareem and Xavier Kelly for the 2016 class because of the commitments from a quartet of four-stars on the defensive line: Josh King, Auston Robertson, Naquan Jones and Mike Panasiuk.

Sammons is so versatile and athletic that he could play both sides of the ball — and that’s music to Mark Dantonio’s ears. It’s not exactly a guarantee that the Spartans wouldn’t want to add another defensive lineman, especially if he’s elite like Sammons.

The four-star is the No. 163 player and ninth-best defensive end in the 2016 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Michigan State is going to make another strong push for him to join the class as he would make for a nice cushion player on the defensive line or maybe even a transition offensive lineman.

Prince Sammons is going to be a name to keep an eye on for the next month-plus.

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