Danny Burns is also considering West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Nebraska, Louisville and others. (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports Next)
The offensive tackle position continues to be a target for Michigan State in the 2014 class, and one of the players the Spartans have their sights set on is Fairfield (Ohio) High’s Danny Burns, a mountain of a prospect at 6-7 and 320 pounds. He was offered on a visit to East Lansing and the Green and White have quickly risen up his list.
"I really like Michigan State,” he said. “They're one of my top schools right now. I was up there last week and I was impressed with everything. I'm thinking about going back up there Wednesday for one of their camps.”
Burns has 17 scholarship offers in total and his list includes schools like West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Nebraska, Louisville and others. He is still fielding interest from Wisconsin and Ohio State. He camped with the Buckeyes recently but he is not looking to wait around for other schools to offer.
"I hope to decide before my senior year; hopefully, before August," he explained.
When he does decide, Burns has a number of factors he is considering, not the least of which is academics.
"The right school -- I'm looking for how close the university is to home, how big the football team is, and if the university excels academically in what I want to study,” he said. “I've always wanted to go to law school, but I'll probably pick something like business or psychology (for undergraduate school)."
MSU lineman camp
The Michigan State lineman camp was held Wednesday and there were several standouts that MSU fans would want to know about.
Clarkston rising senior defensive lineman David Beedle put on a dominant performance. The 6-5, 270-pound Beedle is strong, tough, and knows how to use his hands to shed would-be blockers, a skill he used to routinely to win his one-on-one reps. He has offers from Illinois, Cincinnati and more, and he may add one from the Spartans. He said they wanted to see him again at Sound Mind Sound Body Academy before making a final decision on him.
There were plenty of young players who will be on the Spartans’ radar over the next couple years. Traverse City West’s Thiyo Lukusa, already 6-4 and 285 pounds as a rising sophomore, had a great day and served noticed that he is a kid to know about for the future. Northville class of 2015 offensive tackle David Moorman already has a Central Michigan offer and is firmly on the Spartan radar.
Sunday camp loaded
On Sunday, Michigan State will host a one-day camp that will include many of their top targets. Detroit King’s Jalen Embry, a playmaking cornerback, is looking to earn an offer. He has been told that a good 40 time will go a long way toward earning one.
His teammate, Tyriq Thompson, is already one of the top class of 2015 prospects in the state of Michigan. His father, Clarence Thompson, played at Michigan and the 6-1, 210-pound safety-linebacker has already been offered by Illinois.
Already offered by the Spartans, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont defensive end Terry Ramsey, will be in attendance. He is a long, athletic 6-5, 220-pound edge rusher. It will be an opportunity for him to get to East Lansing and see the school, as well as work with the coaches at camp.
Wisconsin tight end visits
Somerset (Wis.) class of 2014 tight end Gaelin Elmore visited Michigan State on Thursday. He also has been offered by the Spartans. The 6-5, 230-pound prospect is also considering Nebraska, Iowa State and Wisconsin, and has taken visits to those schools. He has previously named Nebraska his leader, but says good visits to the other schools have made making a decision tough.
Danny Burns profile: http://bit.ly/16mTB4v
David Beedle profile: http://bit.ly/12tx4DX
Jalen Embry profile: http://bit.ly/11kRj1E
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.