Allen Trieu ranks top MSU recruits
Allen Trieu, Midwest recruiting manager for Scout.com, ranks the top players in Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class.
1. Kevin Jarvis, OG, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South
Jarvis committed to the Spartans last March over offers from Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Michigan and others. He is Scout’s No. 2 guard in the Midwest, a top 250 national prospect and a mauler with great size (6-5, 324 pounds).
2. Jordan Reid, OG, Detroit Cass Technical
Reid was the offensive line MVP at the NIKE Opening Regional in Columbus last spring and earned an invitation to The Opening Finals from there. Michigan, Florida and Tennessee are among the schools who pursued the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Reid. A quick-footed offensive lineman with great pass pro technique, some at Cass Tech believe he can be a high-level defensive lineman as well.
3. Hunter Rison, WR, Ann Arbor Skyline
An extremely skilled, productive wide receiver with a sticky set of hands and a competitive attitude, Rison is already on campus and has a chance to play in the slot as a true freshman. He is the son of former Spartan great and NFL Pro Bowler Andre Rison.
4. Antjuan Simmons, OLB, Ann Arbor Pioneer
A one-time Ohio State commit, Michigan State was able to fight away Notre Dame and Arizona for Simmons after he re-opened his recruitment. A hard-hitter with good cover skills, he projects well to the STAR linebacker position at MSU because of his ability to blitz and run.
5. Matt Dotson, TE, Cincinnati Moeller
Many schools offered Dotson, but it came down to a contentious battle between Michigan State and Penn State, and the Spartans won. In Dotson, they get a 6-foot-5 target with a good set of hands who falls in line nicely with the team’s recent run of top players at that position.
6. Cody White, WR, Walled Lake Western
White did it all as a senior from quarterback to wide receiver to cornerback in leading Western to the state title game. White is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, and a great athlete with top intangibles, and he will only get more explosive and stronger at MSU and already showed good progress in those areas between his junior and senior years.
7. Rocky Lombardi, QB, West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley
A big, strong, 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback, Lombardi is also an excellent wrestler, a true mark of his toughness. The son of a coach, he started three varsity seasons at Valley. He is not all intangibles though; he also has an arm, which he showed last spring in earning an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals.
8. Weston Bridges, RB, Copley (Ohio)
A 6-foot-0, 200-pound back with 4.46 speed, Bridges ran up a lot of yards in high school and used that speed to break a lot of big runs. He injured his ACL toward the end of his senior season, so Spartan fans may have to wait to see him in action, but he has game-breaking ability.
9. Josiah Scott, CB, Fairfield (Ohio)
Scott has the “it” factor. He made a lot of plays as a senior. At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, he may not have prototypical size, but he is very tough, technically sound and has good ball skills, all of which help him rank as one of the class’ top players.
10. C.J. Hayes, WR, Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren
The new guy in this class, Hayes is the biggest of the three receivers in the class (6-3, 200 pounds) and showed ability to catch the ball in traffic as well as get yards after the catch. His size and abilities have already caused some to compare him to B.J. Cunningham.
MSU CLASS AT A GLANCE
States represented: 7
Top states: Ohio (7), Michigan (5), Florida (4)
Ratings: 4-star (6), 3-star (16), 2-star (1)
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.