With Jack Conklin potentially having the opportunity to declare for the NFL draft after this season and being an early choice, Michigan State is looking to add competition to the offensive tackle spot in this recruiting class. One easy way to do that is with junior college players, and one of the top JUCO tackles in the country, Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College's Charles Baldwin, was offered by the Spartans recently.
An athletic 6-foot-6, 305-pound prospect, Baldwin's lengthy offer list includes Alabama, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina and others.
"Oklahoma and Alabama are the two at the top," Baldwin said to Scout's Derek Young. "Michigan State is pushing them now, though. Michigan State is definitely up there."
Baldwin, a native of Connecticut, has noticed the success Michigan State has had on the field under Mark Dantonio.
"They are a national powerhouse now," he said. "I have always liked Michigan State. Their offensive line is very good, year in and year out. They have a great run blocking scheme. It's the best in the country. They move the ball so well."
Baldwin will graduate in December and enroll mid-year, so he needs to begin working toward a decision. He said he hopes to visit Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan State and possibly Ole Miss this summer.
While the Sooners and Crimson Tide currently have the edge, both schools have been recruiting him longer than Michigan State, yet the Spartans remain within striking distance.
"They (MSU) were one that definitely stood out to me," he said. "It made me want an offer from them, and now it came."
Baldwin is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.
Recent commits land new offers
After a rush of verbal commitments in the last few weeks, Michigan State must now protect its turf as some of the newly-committed players have added new offers from major programs. Akron Hoban linebacker / athlete Jonah Morris reported new offers from Wisconsin and Notre Dame, along with an in-school visit from Michigan.
"As far as I'm concerned, right now I'm all Michigan State," he said to Scout's Bill Greene. "I will probably take official visits in the fall to both schools, but I'm not sure about that. I love Michigan State, and going on a few visits would let me know I made the right choice."
MSU commit Austin Andrews, a cornerback from Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales, also added a Notre Dame offer.
Andrews called the Irish offer a "great honor" but also said he was not going to any other summer camps but Michigan State's and was not visiting any other programs.
"I mean, I'm a solid commit right now," Andrews said. "I am sticking to my decision. In the long run, we'll see what happens."
Class of 2017 offensive lineman to camp
Naperville (Ill.) Central rising junior offensive tackle Trevor Campbell reports he will attend Michigan State's lineman camp on June 10. Campbell, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect who started on varsity as a sophomore last season, holds an early offer from Toledo.
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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.