Michigan State has their seventh verbal commitment of their 2019 football recruiting class, but also the second football recruit to also commit to the baseball team in Zeeland East’s Adam Berghorst.
Berghorst (6-7, 245 pounds) received 16 scholarship offers for football as a defensive end, but is also a highly regarded pitcher. He joins Toledo Central Catholic’s Jase Bowen, who will play wide receiver on the football team and shortstop on the baseball team.
“It was always a dream of mine,” Berghorst said. “I remember going to games and thinking about how cool it would be to be a Spartan. Then the same with baseball. I’ve always wanted to be on the mound for the Spartans.”
“He’s obviously off the radar — an outlier — in terms of size and athletic ability,” Zeeland East head coach Derek Pennington said. “That is probably the biggest piece is that you don’t get kids that who are 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7, that haven’t really even physically matured yet. He has a lot of room for growth, and that is a huge piece of it.”
Those gifts brought a lot of schools through Zeeland in the winter and spring. Most considered Notre Dame to be the stiffest competition Michigan State faced for Berghorst, but Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Kentucky, Minnesota and others also extended offers.
Berghorst took several visits to campus in the winter and spring, and in turn, the Spartans came to the school whenever rules allowed. His position coach Chuck Bullough, area recruiter Mark Staten, and head coach Mark Dantonio, all had hands in this recruitment as well as head baseball coach Jake Boss Jr.
“I would say the relationships,” Beghorst said of why he chose the Spartans. “My relationships with them were by far the best. They had been recruiting me for a while. I think they were my fourth offer. The baseball staff — because I’m going to play baseball, too — they were the first to recruit me starting last spring and last winter, and being close to home, it was all a great fit.”
“They’re the one big school that’s consistently been in our building,” Pennington said, “Mark Staten has been coming here for 10 years, so he’s developed a good relationship with our school. They were the first school to offer Adam that was a big, Midwest school. They do their homework. They’re very diligent about evaluating kids, and at the same time, very consistent about their relationships they have here. They come to our place every year whether we have an Adam or not.”
At least one school offered Berghorst as an offensive tackle, but he said the Spartans have only discussed defensive end with him to this point. He played almost exclusively on defense in the fall for the Chix, but is slated to play much more on the offensive line this season.
He recorded 71 tackles (nine for loss) during his junior year.
New offer in Maryland
Michigan State became the 13th school to offer Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic sophomore running back Marshawn Lloyd on Thursday. His area recruiter Ron Burton visited the school.
Lloyd, a powerful 5-foot-10, 210-pound back, is already ranked by 247Sports as the No. 24 overall prospect in the country in his class.
Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Maryland, and Michigan are among his other offers.
MSU joins race for sophomore lineman
Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern sophomore defensive tackle Jamil Burroughs was offered a scholarship by Michigan State on Friday.
Burroughs (6-2, 280 pounds) is an elite prospect who holds additional offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and more.
He finished his sophomore season with 62 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.
The Spartans have had good recruiting success in Georgia. They signed two players from there — James Ohonba and Christian Jackson — in the 2018 class, and already have a commitment from Jordan Huff in the 2019 class.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. 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.