We’re less than two weeks away from national signing day for college football prospects. Big Ten college football analyst Gerry DiNardo has taken to Twitter with his take on some of the incoming MSU football recruits.
Here’s his thoughts.
On Florida defensive tackle Noah Jones, who committed to MSU on Sunday night: “Great get off, penetrates LOS almost every snap.Dominates but don’t know competition.”
On Pennsylvania athlete Delton Williams, the high school teammate of Damion Terry: “Jr Tape Top speed,not much tape to watch. Again hard to tell about competition.”
On Florida cornerback/safety Justin Williams, who committed on his visit to MSU last weekend: “Plays RB/DB on tape top speed, quick,but best trait – great effort better than 3*”
On Chicago Julian defensive end Demetrius Cooper: “Hard to eval bad tape – Good ath, good growth potential looks like 3* correct”
DiNardo’s Big Ten Network colleague Tom Dienhart takes a look at the number of players who have enrolled early around the conference. MSU and Northwestern are the only schools with no early enrollees. Illinois led the Big with 10 players that have enrolled early (five junior college players and five high school players).
The College Football News recently came out with its pre pre-season Big Ten Legends Division rankings and they tabbed Michigan State as the favorite with Michigan coming in second and Nebraska third. Here’s their take on MSU.
Let’s try this again. The Spartans had all the pieces in place to finally get over the hump and get to the Rose Bowl, but close loss after close loss – losing five games by four points or fewer – it might not take a whole bunch of tweaking to be the team it was supposed to be last year. Everyone will be talking about Ohio State and Michigan, but MSU has every reason to believe it can win the conference title.
Running back Le’Veon Bell and tight end Dion Sims each left early for the NFL, and guard Chris McDonald is gone, but everyone else is back. Now the experience has to translate into production with quarterback Andrew Maxwell needing to be far more efficient – MSU finished last in the conference in passing efficiency – and he needs his receivers to be able to hang on to the ball. The big key will be replacing Bell, needing Nick Hill and/or Jeremy Langford to stand up and shine this offseason.
The defense loses William Gholston early to the NFL, and despite a few inconsistencies, corner Johnny Adams will be tough to replace. However, eight starters are back on the Big Ten’s leader in total defense, scoring defense, run defense and pass efficiency defense – there won’t be a drop-off, if any. Kicker Dan Conroy is a loss, but punter Mike Sadler will be a major positive for a team that could be the big storyline of the Big Ten season.
The complete College Football News piece can be read here.
On the docket tonight and Saturday, MSU hockey takes on Penn State at Munn. Saturday’s game will be aired on the Big Ten Network at 6:05 p.m.