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Trieu: 4-star DE Sammons could be surprise MSU addition

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Prince Sammons

Michigan State could have a surprise left in the 2016 class in the form of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Prince Sammons, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound four-star defensive end who has an extensive offer list.

According to Scout's Dave Berk, Sammons recently reached out to the Spartan staff and has interest in visiting East Lansing.

Sammons was offered by MSU in April, and at the time, his father Brandon Sammons told Scout that his son had interest in the Spartans. But a busy schedule, which included AAU basketball, made it difficult for a visit to be scheduled at that time.

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Sammons was initially a team manager for CHCA's football team and was not familiar with American football. He has continued to learn the game since then, and his improvement and upside has drawn offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Ohio State and others.

"Sammons is a prospect who passes the eyeball test," Berk said. "However, it's watching him bend and run that makes him a prospect with a high ceiling. Because of his height, some could look to pencil him in as a future offensive tackle. However, his flexibility and quickness could see a prospect fully capable of being a major rush defensive end."

Added Sammons: "The more I play the game the more I learn. The more I watch the game called football, the more I progress. I know I want to play football at the next level and I'll continue to do what it takes to play at the next level. All of this is just new to me and you've got to just have fun with it."

The issue is space, as the Spartans have a 2016 class with very few spots left, but Sammons' potential is likely too high to pass up.

"There is still a chance MSU would not have room," Berk says. "However, I believe once Prince would meet Coach D (Dantonio) and he saw Prince in person, he would be a take."

Sammons most recently visited Duke. He has no other visits planned currently.

Oak Park OT plans MSU visit

Oak Park offensive tackle Ja'Raymond Hall, a four-star prospect with offers from Michigan and Penn State, already has a Michigan State visit planned in the fall, saying he will be in East Lansing on Sept. 12 for the Spartans' primetime showdown against Oregon.

Hall (6-5, 255 pounds) does not hold a Michigan State offer, but did camp with the Spartans this summer. He has previously visited campus, as well.

North Carolina safety offered

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance safety Myles Dorn was offered by Michigan State, according to Scout's Michael Clark. Despite his father playing at North Carolina and the presence of additional offers from Tennessee, N.C. State, West Virginia, Miami and more, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dorn told Clark he could visit East Lansing in the near future.

More information

Prince Sammons profile

Jaraymond Hall profile

Myles Dorn profile

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.