Michigan State football recruiting roundup: Week 5


Week five was a good one in the high school ranks for some Michigan State football recruiting targets as even a couple of top priorities/commits faced on when Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit King battled it out on Saturday afternoon.

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Donnie Corley, Rodney Hall, Demetric Vance, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jaylen Kelley Powell, Lavert Hill, Ambry Thomas and many other commits/targets from the 2016 through the 2019 classes were involved in the rivalry and it turned out to be a good one as King won on a field goal in overtime.

Starting it off, Demetric Vance, a four-star 2016 safety commit for MSU, picked off a crucial pass for Cass Tech late in the game, stepping in front of Donnie Corley. This is kind of cool to see as these guys might be future teammates, batting it out in a crosstown rivalry. However, Cass Tech suffered a tough loss.

Take a look at the nice read and pick here by Vance:

Corley, a top priority four-star wide receiver target for 2016, posted his highlights from the contest, and he had a huge pass breakup in overtime against — who else — Demetric Vance.

King four-star cornerback Lavert Hill, who is a MSU target currently committed to Penn State, played very well against five-star 2017 wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, only really allowing a 56-yard pass to the big MSU target.

Lastly, from that game, 2017 Cass Tech quarterback Rodney Hall had a solid performance on the ground, rushing for 125 yards and two scores while also passing for 85 yards. That gives him 13 touchdowns in his last three games. Incredible.

Check out this run by the dual-threat QB:

Trying to keep on the theme of 2016 commits and targets first and foremost, Fremd (Ill.) four-star safety commit Kenney Lyke had himself yet another solid all around game. He had 50 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, but his 19 tackles are almost video game-like. Sounds like the kind of safety MSU needs right now.

Four-star Benedictine (Ohio) wide receiver commit Justin Layne also had a solid game, catching three passes for 41 yards and a late touchdown to put the game away for good.

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Jonah Morris, a three-star commit recruited to play linebacker, had a great game for Archbishop Hoban (Ohio), recording an interceptions, three tackles, four catches for 80 yards and a score.

Quite possibly the captain of the class, four-star QB Messiah deWeaver, had himself yet another stellar game, leading Huber Heights Wayne (Ohio) to a blowout victory and a 5-0 record to start the year. He played just one half, completed 14-of-18 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Talk about a quarterback of the future.

Trishton Jackson, a four-star receiver, has been playing multiple positions for West Bloomfield (Mich.) and excelling all around the field. Jackson had 133 rushing yards and 92 passing yards on 9-of-11 completions. He scored on a 79-yard touchdown run to beat Lake Orion this week and he posted a mid-season highlight film that will have you in awe.

First, though, watch this unbelievable run:

Here’s his HUDL:

A couple of top four-star Michigan State defensive linemen commits from Illinois, Naquan Jones and Josh King, had solid weeks. Jones, a defensive tackle, finished with seven total tackles and two tackles for loss while King, a defensive end, had four tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. These two guys are going to be very difficult to block at the next level.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, three-star linebacker Joe Bachie is making tackles like this one:

Another underrated linebacker, Brandon Randle from Battle Creek (Mich.) is finally getting the recognition he deserves. He was anointed a four-star recruit basically across the recruiting spectrum and he was also invited to the Army All-American Bowl along with Demetric Vance.

These were posted last week, but you need to check out running back commit Abdul Adams‘ highlights from the season so far and tell me that you think he’s still a three-star:

Lastly, here are a few 2016/2017 targets and commits who posted highlight videos this week, but no stats. Jarell White, four-star RB target for 2017:

K.J. Hamler, four-star WR target for 2017:

Hunter Rison, four-star WR commit for 2017:

George Hill, four-star 2016 RB target:

In other recruiting news:

  • Jairus Grissom, 3-star 2017 QB target: 18-for-24, 223 yards and 2 total TDs
  • Allen Stritzinger, 4-star 2017 RB target: DNP (ankle)
  • Todd Sibley, 4-star 2017 RB target (OSU commit): 24 carries, 94 yards and a TD
  • Sam Johnson III, NR 2019 QB target: 6-of-6 for 80 yards and 2 TDs in first half
  • Jamyest Williams, 4-star 2017 ATH target: 3 rushing TDs, 94-yard pick-six

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