K.J. Hamler has shown speed, quickness and route-running polish beyond his years. (Scout.com / Allen Trieu)
Michigan State has hosted a series of camps in June. Two one-day camps (June 1 and 14) were supplemented with a two-day position camp, 7-on-7, and lineman camp. In addition, the Spartan staff was present at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Harper Woods, where they were able to work with and evaluate players who attended. Here are five who put themselves on or moved up the Spartans recruiting board.
Grayson Miller, safety-linebacker, Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County: Miller came into the week as a little-known legacy recruit (his father John played for the Spartans, then the Detroit Lions) with only one offer from Western Kentucky. But he left MSUís camp committed to the Green and White. At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with great athleticism, he could stay at safety, his natural position, or grow into a linebacker. Either way, his aggressive, hard-hitting style makes him a good fit in East Lansing.
K.J. Hamler, wide receiver, Orchard Lake St. Maryís: Although he is just coming out of his freshman year and stands 5-foot-8, 140 pounds, Hamler has shown speed, quickness and route-running polish beyond his years. He starred at MSUís 7-on-7 before coming to the June 14 one-day camp and earning an offer. As he continues to grow and add weight and strength, heís going to be a dangerous weapon to contend with in the Catholic League and should add more offers.
Tyrone Miller, cornerback, Saline: Miller had a big week, performing well at both MSU and Michiganís camps and adding four MAC offers in the process. He has great size (6-0, 185 pounds), but also the fluidity to play corner at that size. He admits he has work to do in the classroom, but said he is confident that once he does that, the Big Ten offers will come and Michigan State is included in that.
Devonte Dunn, defensive tackle, Lagrange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy: In a group full of rising juniors and seniors, many of whom held offers already, this sophomore was one of the most impressive prospects at the June 11 OL-DL camp. Already 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, it is easy to envision Dunn growing into a disruptive 280-pound monster in due time. He says the Spartans were notably impressed and it would not be surprising to see them continue to ratchet up their interest in him as more film becomes available this fall.
Malik Henry, quarterback, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake High: Currently the nationís No. 1-ranked class of 2016 quarterback on Scout, Henry visited East Lansing after performing at Sound Mind Sound Body, and ended up leaving with a Spartan offer. The MSU coaches got to see him at SMSB, where his arm strength and smooth, natural release were on full display.
Lumen Christi athlete commits
Jackson Lumen Christi two-sport star Khari Willis committed to Michigan State when he attended their June 14 camp. A high school running back, Willis played defensive back at the camp as well and could also project to linebacker. He also held scholarship offers in basketball, where he was a standout point guard last season, but he told Spartan Digestís Mike Wilson that playing both sports in college has not been discussed yet.
Spartan target deciding soon
Hubbard (Ohio) four-star running back L.J. Scott will make his decision in July, according to Scoutís Bill Greene. Scott (6-2, 230 pounds) told Greene he is down to Michigan State and Ohio State and would like to visit both schools again before making a decision. He cited the family atmosphere and his relationship with area recruiter Pat Narduzzi as the primary reasons for the Spartans making the cut.
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 weekly at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.