David Beedle didn't take long to accept an offer from Michigan State. (Photo courtesy of FOX Sports Next)
On June 12, David Beedle came to Michigan State for a lineman camp. Two days later, the Spartans saw the 6-5, 275-pound Clarkston High defensive tackle at the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy. The following Wednesday, Michigan State offered him a scholarship, and by the end of the week, he was the newest member of the Spartan class.
Spartan Digest’s Dave Berk has seen Beedle several times, not only at the Michigan State camp and Sound Mind Sound Body, but also at the Elite Big Man Camp that took place in Wixom earlier this year. Berk believes the Spartans found themselves a player who is not only talented, but will give it his all.
“I think the first thing people see in situations where I’ve seen Beedle in camps and combines is the energy he brings,” Berk said. “He’s a high-energy, high-motor guy with determination. He wants to win every rep and he fits in with the attitude of Pat Narduzzi and his defense, and I see that carrying onto the field at MSU.”
After playing last season at 250 pounds, the added size and strength he this offseason helped him dominate at several offseason events, including the one in East Lansing, where he ultimately determined his future. He also is the latest camp discovery for the Spartans. The annual summer event has become a way for the staff to make not only football evaluations, but character ones as well.
“It’s everything that Mark Dantonio likes to do when recruiting players,” Berk explains. “He doesn’t like to rush judgment off of film. He wants to see them up close during camps and judge character as far as how they interact with people, how they interact with coaches, and it’s what Coach Dantonio has done ever since I’ve covered him. He gets players that didn’t get the recognition as four or five stars, but ended up being good players at Cincinnati and Michigan State.”
Wisconsin commit likes MSU
Sun Prairie (Wis.) four-star defensive tackle Craig Evans remains committed to Wisconsin, but a recent Alabama offer and a visit to Michigan State has put doubt in the minds of Badger fans about the 6-3, 310-pound prospect.
After camping at Michigan State and meeting several of the current class, Evans had nothing but good things to say about the Green and White.
"Coach Narduzzi is a great guy, Coach Dantonio is a great guy, and Coach Burton is a great guy,” he said. “They're one big family over there at MSU, I can say that. They most definitely turned my head a little bit, and their 2014 class is strong. Enoch (Smith Jr.), I can see myself playing next to him on the defensive line."
Still, the home-state ties are hard to break, and after a visit back to Wisconsin on Monday, Evans is sticking with his decision for now.
"MSU has a lot of pluses, no negatives, but I'm still right there with Wisconsin and nobody really has changed my mind," he said.
Massachusetts corner delays decision
Everett (Mass.) High corner Lubern Figaro was supposed to announce a commitment on Tuesday, but says he did not want to rush his decision and has delayed it until he is able to visit more schools. Michigan State is in his top four along with Boston College, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.
“I am trying to go and visit Michigan State in two or three weeks,” Figaro told FOX Sports Next’s Brian Dohn. “I don’t have any other visits set yet.”
The aggressive brand of defense the Spartans have played under Dantonio and Narduzzi is a big reason the Spartans are in the final running for Figaro.
“Their defense is one of the top defenses year after year,” he said. “They love to blitz. That’s what I love to do the most, coming off the edge.”
Spartan commits look to get open
The Opening, Nike’s gathering of the best prospects from around the country will begin Sunday. Spartan commits Enoch Smith Jr., a defensive tackle from Chicago Mt. Carmel, and Brian Allen, a center from Hinsdale Central (Ill.) will attend. In total, 162 players from around the country will participate, with 29 different states represented. Those attending were chosen at regional Nike Football Training Camps.
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Craig Evans profile: http://bit.ly/13dphKI
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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.