Michigan State Football: 5 under the radar players

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) and defensive end Marcus Rush (44) and linebacker Ed Davis (43) react during the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for Michigan State fans, this will be the last season that they will see defensive end superstar Shilique Calhoun making sacks and blowing up running plays in a Spartan uniform. He has come out of basically nowhere to become one of the top defensive ends in the country and a possible first-round draft pick.

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With the departure of Calhoun comes the arrival of four-star ends Josh King and Auston Robertson of the 2016 class. The defensive line will be reloading, but it can’t depend on just incoming freshman.

Never fear, depth is here. Enter, Montez Sweat, a former three-star end from the 2014 class and the backup to Calhoun at the moment. He will definitely be getting some looks this year as Calhoun will need a breather every now and then and he’s flying in under the radar as one of the best young players on the team.

Why is no one talking about him? Probably because he was just a low-rated three-star recruit from Georgia who wasn’t exactly a highly-touted prospect.

Mark Dantonio and his staff has shown us many times in the past that ratings mean next to nothing as player development has become key.

Sweat is the next man up at defensive end and this will be the year he really breaks out and starts turning heads.

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