February 7, 2008
2009 Names to know: Offense
The ink is hardly even dry on the class of 2008 and Mark Dantonio and his staff are already looking ahead to the class of 2009. Spartanmag.com takes an early look at who are some of the prospects that could become household names to fans of Michigan state fans
QUARTERBACK: It should be a solid year in Michigan as far as talent goes at the quarterback spot. It may not be as deep as 2006, but the top recruits will have a great chance to be Elite 11 level recruits. The Spartans did not sign a quarterback for the class of 2008 and that may have something to do with the players listed below. The staff has already hosted Andrew Maxwell on campus several times.
Casey Blackport of Hudsonville High School
Isaiah Grimes of South Haven High School
Andrew Maxwell of Midland High School
Mike Schaaf of Saginaw Arthur Hill High School
RUNNING BACK: The strongpoint of the class of 2009 could be the running back position. It is very possible that all of the players listed below will be high-level recruits. Baker and Caper already have offers from Michigan State. With Javon Ringer set to graduate, the opportunity will be there for someone to step in and play right away for the Green and White.
Edwin Baker of Oak Park High School
Larry Caper of Battle Creek Central High School
Hersey Jackson of Allendale High School
Teric Jones of Cass Tech High School
WIDE RECEIVER: Michigan State has always had great wide receivers and many of them have been home grown stars. With Michigan switching to the read option offense, the Spartans would seem to have a distinct advantage recruiting wide receivers that want to catch the ball a lot. Case in point, Michigan State threw the ball close to 400 times last year, West Virginia a little over 250.
Delano Collins of Detroit Renaissance High School
Cameron Gordon of Inkster High School
James Jackson of Grand Ledge High School
Donald Spencer of Ypsilanti High School
TIGHT END: Tight end recruiting will be a priority for the Spartans in 2009 as they did not sign any tight end prospects in 2008. The Spartans are very particular when it comes to tight ends. Lots of big athletes can catch and run, but they must be physical and willing to mix it up.
Reid Fragel of Grosse Pointe South High School
Dion Sims of Orchard lake Saint Mary's
OFFENSIVE LINE: It is still early and offensive line is often the hardest position to predict. The in-state class of 2008 was one of the better groups in several years. The current group of offensive line prospects does not seem to be nearly as deep as last year, but you can be sure a few players will emerge this spring as the camp and combine season kicks in.
Ricky Clemons of Flint Carman Ainsworth
Cordell Bell of Melvindale High School
Orlando McCord of Martin Luther King High School
Next Up: 2009 Defense
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