Michigan State football recruiting roundup: Week 3


It was quite a weekend for Michigan State football recruiting when No. 7 Oregon came to town on Sept. 12 as dozens of elite prospects were in East Lansing for the big game.

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While plenty of big-name recruits were on campus this past weekend, as was College GameDay, the Spartans had to keep focus on the task at hand: beating the Ducks.

They did just that, and even before these recruits came to MSU for their official and unofficial visits, most of them had games of their own to focus on.

Each week, I take a look at the top MSU commits/targets and how they performed in their respective high school contests. I will try to focus primarily on MSU commits, but plenty of top targets will get a mention as well.

Let’s start it off with Messiah deWeaver, the future captain of the Spartans. The four-star quarterback was forced to play in unfavorable conditions on Friday, but he still led Huber Heights Wayne (Ohio) to a win, passing for 100 yards on 8-of-12 completions.

Here is deWeaver’s first three game highlight film:

deWeaver’s future target, Cam Chambers, also did well as the four-star receiver’s first game of the season on Friday ended in a 62-6 victory and his most noticeable play was a 52-yard touchdowns reception.

Fellow four-star wide out, Justin Layne, finished his game with a 28-yard touchdown catch as he was also forced to play in inclement weather as he caught the only pass his team threw all game long and made it count.

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Although 2016 four-star commit Trishton Jackson is slotted to play receiver at the collegiate level, he’s currently West Bloomfield’s starting quarterback. He finished this week’s game completing 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 70 yards.

Michigan State is hoping to add Donnie Corley to the elite WR class that is 2016, and he showed off this past week for Detroit King in a victory. He led King with four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown — his first breakout game on offense this season as he’s been primarily dominating defenses.

Corley’s teammate, and fellow MSU target, Lavert Hill had an 85-yard kick return for a touchdown called back and later added a 27-yard catch. The four-star cornerback prospect is showing his prowess on both sides of the ball.

The Spartans’ only 2017 commit, four-star wide out Hunter Rison, was double-teamed all night for Ann Arbor Skyline (Mich.) and still managed to record seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, including this impressive snag in traffic:

Underrated three-star running back commit for 2016 Abdul Adams’ official stats are very difficult to find, but he did have a 39-yard touchdown run on Friday night as he seems to break long ones every week.

Speaking of breaking long runs, three-star cornerback commit Austin Andrews showed off his skills in the backfield for De Sales (Ohio) on Friday, recording 227 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a five-point win.

Want to see one of the Spartans’ top 2017 targets and quite possibly the best athlete in the nation burn rubber for a speedy touchdown dash? Check out Jamyest Williams:

Williams, who visited MSU with four-star offensive tackle teammate E.J. Price, finished with two rushing scores and an interception. He’s the real deal.

Demetric Vance’s Cass Tech squad pulled out yet another win as he recorded three catches and a touchdown.

Jonah Morris played well yet again as he led all receivers for Archbishop Hoban (Ohio), catching five passes for 62 yards and stepping up on defense as well with seven tackles and a forced fumble. People are calling him the most underrated commit for Mark Dantonio’s 2016 class.

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Morris’ teammate, and 2017 target, Todd Sibley may be committed to Ohio State, but seems to show interest in the Spartans as well. He finished the game with 154 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Lastly, the two Illinois commits, outside of Mike Panasiuk whose stats are difficult to track down, Kenney Lyke and Naquan Jones played well.

Lyke finished with 105 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 10 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. He’s been tearing it up through three games and here are his highlights from those contests — the Spartans have to like what they see from this kid:

Naquan Jones played just a half for Evanston (Ill.) and finished with three tackles and a sack, making his time count.

Other top performers

  • KJ Hamler, 4-star 2017 WR: 3 catches for 65 yards, 2 rushes for 18 yards
  • Rodney Hall, NR 2017 QB: 322 pass yards and 5 touchdowns, 85 rush yards
  • Jairus Grissom, 3-star 2017 QB: 9-for-19, 160 pass yards and 2 touchdowns; 3 rushes for 62 yards and a TD
  • Cody White, NR 2017 WR: 4 catches for 104 yards and 2 TDs
  • Allen Stritzinger, 4-star 2017 RB: 1-yard TD run
  • Sam Johnson III, NR 2019 QB: 12-of-14, 220 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • George Hill, 4-star 2016 ATH: 12 rushes for 108 yards and a touchdown
  • Jaelen Gill, 5-star 2018 RB: 143 rush yards and a touchdown
  • Jared White, 4-star 2017 RB: 2 TD runs; 85-yard fumble recovery for TD

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