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Trieu: Michigan State plays host to CMU, recruiting targets

By Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News

Michigan State plays host to Central Michigan on Saturday, and will have a number of recruits on hand at the game.

There is one official visitor, Joshua Calvert, a four-star linebacker from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Calvert (6-3, 220 pounds) is favored by analysts to stay on the west coast and choose UCLA, where older brother Bo plays, but Calvert has been adamant about visiting Michigan State and seeing the school in person.

West Bloomfield sophomore running back Donovan Edwards, left, is considered one of the top 100 recruits in his class by 247Sports.

Another high-profile visitor is West Bloomfield sophomore running back Donovan Edwards. Edwards already is ranked by 247Sports as one of the Top 100 prospects in the country in his class. Edwards (5-11, 190 pounds) has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, and others. The Spartans have not yet offered, but that could change shortly. Edwards is the teammate of Spartan commit Tre Mosley.

Several other in-state underclassmen are expected at the game. Oak Park junior Maliq Carr is a big (6-6, 215 pounds) wide receiver and potentially flex tight end who holds major offers in football (Missouri, Iowa, etc.) and basketball.

Southfield A&T will have several of their top underclassmen in East Lansing. Defensive tackle Bryce Austin (6-3, 265 pounds) is one of the fastest-rising juniors in the state and holds several major offers. Quarterback Anthony Romphf is having a good season in his first as the starter. An athletic dual-threat prospect, Romphf has foot speed and a live arm. Sophomore defensive end Caleb Banks is just scratching the surface of his potential, but his a high ceiling at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds.

Dearborn junior Tommy Guajardo caught the eyes of the Spartan staff this summer at their 7-on-7 tournament and camp. Guajardo has the size (6-4, 230 pounds) to project to a variety of positions. He plays wide receiver and linebacker for Dearborn.

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Detroit Cass Tech will have several recruits in Spartan Stadium on Saturday. That includes two seniors, defensive end James Ester (6-3, 230 pounds) and offensive tackle Allen Jones (6-6, 320 pounds). Both players hold Division 1 offers.

In addition to these recruits, several of the Spartans’ commits in the 2019 class are expected as well.

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Deontae Craig, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end from Culver (Ind.) Academies recently was offered a scholarship by the Spartans. Tennessee and Indiana are among Craig’s other offers.

Also a varsity basketball player, the athletic Craig is just getting on more recruiting radars, but is considered one of the top juniors in the state of Indiana.

He also plays tight end at Culver. To date, he has not visited Michigan State yet, but said he would look to set up a trip later in the fall.

More information

Donovan Edwards profile

Joshua Calvert profile

Deontae Craig profile

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