Michigan State Football: Receiving corps will be strength in 2020

Jalen Nailor, Michigan State football (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Jalen Nailor, Michigan State football (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The receiving corps will have some surprising depth and become a strength for Michigan State football during the 2020 season.

With players returning to campus next week, Michigan State’s 2020 roster is going to soon take shape. The depth chart will be an interesting talking point leading up to September’s kickoff, especially with a new coaching staff taking over.

Everyone will be following the quarterback battle but there are some position groups that will be suffering through some major losses and one of those happens to be the receiving corps.

The common assumption is that the Michigan State receiving corps will take a step back in 2020 after losing Cody White and Darrell Stewart along with Cam Chambers and Weston Bridges, but that’s not the case. In fact, this may actually be a position group of strength for the Spartans.

The top three pass-catchers from 2019 are gone — White, Stewart and tight end Matt Seybert — but that doesn’t mean the Spartans are in a bad spot.

Gushing talent in the Michigan State football corps

Looking at the projected depth chart, it’s easy to say Michigan State returns very little experience in the receiving corps because Jalen Nailor is the only wide out who has started for the green and white extensively. However, he’s had some injuries that have limited him through two years in East Lansing.

Nailor is back for a redshirt sophomore season after catching 23 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown in 2018-19. He could be the leader of the group and that’s not too shabby for a young, hungry group as he has the speed and versatility to be a Stewart-type of wide out.

And then there’s Jayden Reed who might just end up being the best receiver, if not player, on the team. He transferred to Michigan State after a Freshman All-American season at Western Michigan and there’s been plenty of hype surrounding his emergence, especially after he worked out with Antonio Brown this offseason. He could be the guy.

Tre Mosley, too, should be an intriguing wide out who will likely be in the starting lineup after catching 21 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman. He draws plenty of hype as well.

Other guys who could be major contributors in 2020 are CJ Hayes, Laress Nelson, Ricky White, Terry Lockett, Ian Stewart, Tre’Von Morgan and Javez Alexander.

Don’t sleep on Michigan State’s receiving corps in 2020 as it’ll likely ease a new quarterback into the starting lineup.

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