Michigan State football recruiting roundup: Week 1


Just like the Spartans in the NFL, Michigan State has plenty of talent at the high school level as well. These kids technically aren’t Spartans yet, but they are committed for the coming years and green runs in their blood already.

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Each week, I’m going to do a roundup for Michigan State football recruiting. What this means is that I will try and compile the stats of Spartan commits and/or targets for each week of the high school football season, highlighting the top performers and gathering as many players as I can.

As this was the first week of the high school football season, many Spartans made headlines for their impressive stat lines or just overall play.

Obviously, the headliner of the 2016 class, four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver, is a kid who we all want to keep track of. He passed for 162 yards with a touchdown while he ran another one in after a devastating spin move for a nifty score.

The 2016 group is filled with a ton of receiver talent and they were all on display as well. First off, four-star wide out Trishton Jackson, who plays QB for West Bloomfield, had an incredible game, completing 12-of-20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 140 yards and a score.

Justin Layne, possibly the most talented of the wide outs, didn’t play much for Benedictine as he was suffering through cramps during his contest. He will be back at it next week.

Cam Chambers had some highlights from his contest. Let’s just say he looked pretty solid.

Lastly, Donnie Corley, who has yet to commit but is high on MSU, had a great game for Detroit King on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded two picks, one was called back, one pass deflection and had a short catch on offense.

Corley’s teammate, four-star Penn State cornerback commit Lavert Hill, also had a solid day for King, snagging two interceptions and recording a nice catch across the middle of the field on offense. MSU is hoping to reel him in.

Fellow Detroit King cornerback, 2017’s Ambry Thomas, is also a four-star recruit who’s very high on MSU and he was named the MVP of the King-De La Salle game. Watch this incredible catch and run for a touchdown by the junior.

De La Salle running back Allen Stritzinger was limited to very few rushing yards, but looked solid on the defensive side of the ball. It’s unclear as to what MSU will recruit him as.

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A handful of MSU commits/targets were involved in the Cass Tech-Southfield matchup. Southfield freshman quarterback Sam Johnson III, or SJ3, made his high school debut against one of the top teams in the state. He passed for 118 yards and an interception on 12-of-18 completions.

Demetric Vance wasn’t thrown at much by the freshman QB because of his lockdown defense, but don’t expect that to change this season as opponents know what the four-star MSU safety commit is capable of.

Two more kids on the Cass Tech side that had solid games were 2018 athlete Kalon Gervin (two sacks) and 2017 five-star wide out Donovan Peoples-Jones (two catches for 58 yards).

Not sure what the official stats were on 2016 running back commit Abdul Adams, but he showed in these highlights that even a sub-par offensive line showing proves to be no problem.

It’s hard to believe that all the top performers are still followed by guys who had equally as impressive games. This list includes nearly two dozen players who I caught up with or found recorded stats from.

Hold your breath, there’s more.

Three-star Robichaud (Mich.) quarterback made defenders look absolutely silly in his first game, recording 442 yards and four touchdowns through the air as well as 103 yards and one more score on the ground. The highlights are unreal.

Michigan State would be a heavy favorite if they offer soon.

Defensive studs Naquan Jones, a four-star DT commit for 2016, and Chase Young, a four-star DE target for 2017, had great weeks as well. Jones had six solo tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a sack and he knocked two kids out of the game. Young was the star of DeMatha’s game, recording four sacks and a handful of tackles.

Other stars of the week:

  • K.J. Hamler (4-star 2017 WR target): MVP of his game; 5 catches for 60 yards, 4 tackles, 1 pass deflection
  • Hunter Rison (4-star 2017 WR commit): 3 catches for almost 150 yards and a TD
  • Jonah Morris (3-star 2016 LB commit): 2 receiver TDs, great defensive showing
  • Ryan Kelley (4-star 2017 QB target): 2 passing TDs in 43-22 win
  • Noah Davis (3-star 2016 TE commit): 2 catches, 26 yards, 1 TD
  • Kenney Lyke (4-star 2016 S/WR commit): 6 tackles, 2 pass deflections; 1 catch for 45 yards and 4 rushes for 75 yards

Check back in for next week’s edition of Michigan State football recruiting roundup.

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