Trieu: Decommitments have MSU looking at new options
Michigan State's 2016 recruiting class underwent some changes this week as three players who were previously committed, defensive tackle Naquan Jones, running back Abdul Adams and athlete/linebacker Jonah Morris, are no longer in the class.
Three candidates to fill those spots, JUCO offensive tackle Garett Bolles, Ann Arbor Skyline linebacker Daelin Hayes and Hubbard (Ohio) running back George Hill, will visit the Spartans this weekend. Bolles and Hayes will be on officials, while Hill's trip will be an unofficial visit.
Hayes recently cancelled his remaining official visits, so the Spartans will have the final shot to impress him before a planned December decision. He already took official visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State, the other two schools who make up his final three.
Two Big Ten defensive line commits the Spartans will pursue in light of the recent changes are Detroit East English Village Prep's Cedrick Lattimore, an Iowa verbal, and Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy's Daniel Joseph, who is committed to Penn State.
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio was recently at East English. At this point, Joseph and Lattimore have not set visits to Michigan State. They also have not yet indicated that they would.
Jones, Morris and Adams all expressed a desire to take visits, which led to them and the Spartans parting ways, similar to what happened with offensive lineman Gavin Cupp camping at Ohio State in the summer.
"Coach Dantonio stresses, when they first commit, he asks them, 'Are you sure?'" said Scout's Dave Berk. "He tells them that their word is their bond and if they are 100-percent sure, Michigan State will stop recruiting their position."
Berk says another 2016 prospect who may join the class, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy two-way lineman Prince Sammons, will take an official to Michigan State.
The Spartans' 2016 class may end with a decidedly different look than what they began the fall with, but the addition of four-star prospects like Hayes, Hill and Sammons should ensure it retains the lofty rankings the class currently holds.
Randle an Army All-American
Michigan State linebacker commit Brandon Randle, from Battle Creek Central, was officially named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this week during a ceremony at his high school. Randle, who was upgraded to a four-star prospect on Scout during this season, joins fellow Spartan commits Josh King and Demetric Vance as future Michigan State players who have already been named to the game.
Spartans offer Georgia cornerback
The last cornerback Michigan State pulled out of Georgia turned out to be first-round draft choice Darqueze Dennard. In the 2017 class, the Spartans have hit the state hard and have several offers out already. The latest is Ellenwood High's Tre Shaw, a highly-coveted 6-foot-0, 180-pound cover corner. MSU will battle Auburn, Florida, Georgia and others for him.
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.