Michigan State opens its 2014 season on Friday against Jacksonville State, and that will be an opportunity for high school prospects who are not playing that night to visit and see the game. Here are a few of the players expected to be in attendance.
2016 WR Cam Chambers, Sicklerville (New Jersey) Timber Creek
The Spartans’ first commitment in next year’s class, the physical 6-foot-3, 200-pound pass catcher is an early Scout 300 prospect. He chose Michigan State over offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and others.
2016 DE Lawrence Gordon, Saginaw Arthur Hill
Gordon is a talented 6-foot-6, 235-pounder who has been on the recruiting radar since his freshman season. Now entering his junior campaign, he does not yet have any offers, but has schools like MSU, Ohio State, Michigan and others monitoring his performance this season.
2016 DE Khalid Kareem, Farmington Hills Harrison
A long, athletic 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior, Kareem played at West Bloomfield last season but will be at Harrison this year. He camped at Michigan State and other schools this summer and he has been to East Lansing several times.
2016 QB/DE Tony Poljan, Lansing Catholic Central
Poljan is a youngster with a big frame (6-7, 235 pounds). He camped at MSU as a quarterback in the past and can play there, but turned in a strong sophomore season as a defensive end, as well, and given his size, that may be an enticing place for colleges to project him.
2016 WR Kalebb Perry, Mount Pleasant
Perry (6-0, 170) is a smooth playmaker who had a good sophomore year and then followed it up with good showings on the camp circuit. He has offers from Western Michigan and Central Michigan, and Michigan State has been steadily recruiting him and getting him to campus.
2017 DE Will Rodgers, Saginaw Arthur Hill
Although he is only entering his sophomore year, Rodgers’ size (6-5, 215) and athleticism have many schools already looking closely at him. He has been to Michigan State before, often traveling with his friend and teammate Lawrence Gordon. A lot depends on this season, but he has the tools to be a top-flight recruit.
2017 DE Jonathan Berghorst, Zeeland East
Berghorst has added good weight this offseason and is now at 235 pounds, up from 210 a year ago. He played varsity as a freshman and was active on the camp circuit this summer. He is already hearing from a number of other Big Ten schools and he has been no stranger to East Lansing early in his recruitment.
Spartan commit to miss senior year
Scott County (Kentucky) safety Grayson Miler, who earned a Michigan State offer and accepted it at the Spartans’ summer camp, injured his ankle in his team’s home opener and will miss the season.
“It’s very frustrating to have this happen after working so hard. But I’m trying to be positive,” Miller said.
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect, Miller was very much under the radar before his Spartan offer, but came into the season ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the state of Kentucky by Scout.com.
Spartans looking good for 2016 DE
Josh King, one of the Midwest’s top juniors, holds a Michigan State offer, and the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Hinsdale South (Illinois) defensive end enjoyed his recent visit to East Lansing.
"It was intense,” he told Scout.com’s Beth Long. “We drove down there early to watch a practice and they were lifting, and had film, then had practice, then after practice film, then lifting again, and then team meals, and then the walk-through. I liked it. It just never stopped. If you like football you have to love that intensity."
King has additional offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and others. He is a member of the Scout 300 for the 2016 class and a four-star prospect.
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.