Trieu: MSU football off to strong start with 2019 class

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News

During the close of Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class, Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter said the Spartans (who currently sit with 20 players signed) would not stretch to fill numbers in this class, but would bank scholarships toward the 2019 class because of the potential that class had to be a strong one for MSU.

In the days following the early signing period, that strategy would seem to be a good one as Michigan State added two new members to their 2019 class: Belleville wide receiver/defensive back Julian Barnett and Madison (Ga.) Morgan County cornerback Jordan Huff.

In keeping with the theme of wide receivers and defensive backs from the group that just signed, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Barnett and 6-foot-2, 175-pound Huff are both long, lean, athletic prospects.

Barnett, ranked the No. 60 player in the country on the 247Sports Composite, was offered by Ohio State just one day before he committed to Michigan State. He held additional offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia and more.

Huff held additional offers from Iowa State, Marshall, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and more. He visited Michigan State in June (when the offer was extended) and returned in the fall for Michigan State’s win over Penn State. That experience served to strengthen a lead the Spartans had built prior to that.

“I really like the coaching staff,” he said. “Every coach shares the same passion for winning. The campus is great, and the academics are great as well. Michigan State is a great school.”

Barnett has been a three-year varsity starter at Belleville. Early on, some thought he might grow into a linebacker, but his athleticism and speed has quieted those talks and he is now viewed as a wide receiver, cornerback or safety. He could play any of those in college, as a position has not been defined with Michigan State yet.

“He’s great, he’s gutty, he’s big and fast and he’s got all of that athleticism, but he loves contact,” Belleville head coach Jermain Crowell said. “When Dantonio was on the phone with him, I know he must have asked him which position he wanted to play and I heard Julian say, ‘Well, I love offense, but I really, really love contact and hitting people.’ ”

A lot of attention now gets turned to Barnett’s teammate Devontae Dobbs, one of the top prospects in the entire country and someone Barnett says he will work hard to recruit to Michigan State with him.

The Spartans now have four commitments in the 2019 class. Barnett and Huff join Walled Lake Western offensive lineman Spencer Brown and Oak Park quarterback/athlete Dwan Mathis in the class.

Four-star RB offered by MSU

Deondrick Glass, a junior running back from Katy (Texas) was offered by Michigan State this week. Glass (5-11, 190 pounds) has been on the radar since his freshman season when he rushed for 14 touchdowns and was named Freshman All-American by MaxPreps.

He now has offers from Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, Ole Miss and more.

Despite missing two game as a sophomore, Glass rushed for 1,912 yards and 30 touchdowns while being named 19-6A Offensive Player of the Year.

He was injured late in his sophomore season, but returned as a senior to still post over 1,000 yards.

More information

Julian Barnett profile

Jordan Huff profile

Deondrick Glass profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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