Looking at performances of MSU football recruits

The high school regular season concluded in Michigan on Friday and it’s playoff time in Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at performances by MSU verbal commitments, which includes another record-setting night for quarterback recruit Damion Terry.

Damion Terry – He led unbeaten Cathedral Prep to another win, throwing  a school-record 6 TD passes and rushing for a 30-yard score in a 61-19 win over Central Tech.  He completed 11 of 16 passes for 263 yards in the victory and had two carries for 32 yards. Has 2,135 rushing yards this season and had 5.802 passing yards for his career for the 8-0 Ramblers, who are the top ranked Class AAA team in Pa.

Delton Williams – Had TD catches of 18 and 4 yards for Cathedral Prep. Finished with three catches for 68 yards for 8-0 Erie Cathedral Prep

Jay Harris – The Downingtown (Pa.) East receiver had seven catches for 117 yards and 2 TDs and had a running TD in a 35-21 win over Downingtown West that helped his team remain unbeaten.

Drake Harris – The Grand Rapids Christian junior receiver had three catches for 46 yards and two carries for 75 yards, including a 72-yard TD run in a 21-7 over perennial state power Lowell. The win helped GR Christian win a second straight OK White Conference title

Dylan Chmura – The Waukesha (Wis.) West tight end had five catches for 74 yards and a TD in a 14-12 playoff win over Waterford. Chmura’s TD reception was 25 yards. In seven games this season, he has 15 catches for 278 yards and 3 TDs.

Shane Jones – The Cincinnati Moeller linebacker had nine tackles in a 49-42 loss to St. Edward. In nine games, he has 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception for Moeller, which is 6-3

Gerald Holmes – The Flint Carman-Ainsworth running back had touchdown runs of 31 and 5 yards in a 49-28 win over Davison. He finished with 12 carries for 96 yards. Carman-Ainsworth ended regular season with 8-1 record.

Byron Bullough – The Traverse City St. Francis junior had 13 carries for 40 yards and 4.5 tackles in a 21-13 loss to Muskegon Catholic. St. Francis concluded the regular season 4-5 and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1989 – ending the longest playoff streak in the state

Trey Kilgore – Playing in his second game of the season, the Cincinnati St. Xavier receiver had two catches for 10 yards in a 32-21 loss to St. Ignatius.

In other recruiting news, it appears Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson has added MSU to his list of schools he’s interested in. If you don’t know about Dawson, he’s a four star lineman that was previously committed to Michigan. But both parties decided to go in different directions recently because of Michigan’s visit policy. U-M doesn’t allow its verbally committed to prospects to unofficially or officially visit other schools but Dawson went informed the staff he was going to visit Florida. And that’s when the parties went their separate ways.

Dawson is 6-4 and 290 pounds and rated the No. 8 guard in the nation by Scout.com

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38 Responses to Looking at performances of MSU football recruits

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Good read, thanks Brian looks like we will be right back in the hunt next year adding quality depth.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:


      • avatar behind the green curtain says:

        Get a serviceable Offensive Coordinator and we win some of those close losses. I don’t wanna hear about injuries and personnel losses from last season. We have one of the best defenses in the nation and one of the best running backs in the nation. All we needed this season to win games was to score a couple touchdowns a game, which is a step back and taking account of personnel losses from last year. It is a reasonable goal in my mind. There are plenty of coaches out there scoring points with less talent – MUCH less talent in many cases. Offensive preparations for this season were poor. Offensive schemes were poor.

        Dan Roushar is having a disastrous season and needs to be shown the door. I’m not on the bashing Dantonio bandwagon. I still think he’s a great coach, but he’s a defensive guy. He gives his OC a long leash and if that’s the case, we need someone better than Roushar at OC

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Not Roushars fault any more than it was Narduzzis fault in 09. We will have more depth in the O line next year and get back to New Years Day Bowls.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Great point, ’81. 3 starters gone on O line, drops to start the season.

            The fault in Arkansas is all JLS, he was left with Top 5 talent and will slug it out to finish un-bowl-eligible.

          • avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

            I see this season as a season of disappointments and the question is why. I think you have to look at the coaching strongly, we spent 1/3 of the season trying to get wide receivers to catch the ball. We spent 1/2 a season last year and 1/2 a season this year trying to get serviceable offensive line play. Why is this the case? To me the issue is far larger than play calling, though I think you can make some good arguments that its been sub par.

            Though, if the offensive line could dominate a game, and receivers could catch I bet the play calling looks a lot better. It has to be pretty hard to call plays when you are a run first team, and you can’t run the ball. Let alone convert on 3rd down because either the receivers don’t catch the ball, or the QB doesn’t have enough time to find an open receiver, or the receiver’s can’t get open, or the QB doesn’t have enough experience/coaching to get on to the right receiver to get enough first down yardage.

            I think you have to say coaching has been an issue this year. I don’t necessarily believe people need to be fired. But, just as when Izzo had a disastrous season missing with huge expectations, things need to be looked at an examined. Sometimes, it’s necessary to go back to the drawing board, this seems like one of those times.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Hey, John L., you might take you own advice first and get a serviceable investment advisor. Anybody who can’t beat a geographic team should not yak about what others do or don’t do. If memory serves, you lost to central while at the helm of the Spartans as well as UL-Monroe with the Wild Pigs.

          Gotta be checking your own closet there bunkie.

          • avatar behind the green curtain says:

            Interesting to read that you threw in the towel and conceded defeat on the Couch Blog today son.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Well anyone who follows this moniker knows that Marines NEVER throw in the towel, there Bunkie or if we do as ordered, attack in a different direction, we bring our dead with us. I can only guess that either Nikkie the homeless son or some other paid troll trying to make soup money thought they could ape a true Marine. Can’t be done, been tried by the best and failure is the only option.

          • avatar behind the green curtain says:

            If Arkansas beats Old Miss, Miss State and Tulsa and finish 6-6 . Jeff Long will regard this season a success coming back from 1-4, sort of like when ol George Perles circled the wagons in 88 and turned 04-1 into 6-5-1 and the Gator Bowl. If Arkansas is satisfied with 6-6 and renews the contract of their ole ball coach, than son will you admit that I was right and you were wrong?

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            As they say in the trade if the queen had a set she’d be the king. At least 2 losses left on the schedule, MSU and LSU which means your out on your broken wallet with no financial gain insight. You have yourself a great week thinking about that there, bunkie.

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            He beat Central 24-7. But I think he’s 0-2 vs. Louisiana Tech.

        • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

          “I’m not on the bashing Dantonio bandwagon. I still think he’s a great coach…”

          Penalty: Equivocation. Five yards and loss of down.

        • avatar Spartybob says:

          I fully agree with your thoughts. We have one of the worst Offensive Coach in the Nation and if Dantanio does not get rid of him next season MSU will continue to be a .500 ballclub. And in response to everyone thinking the recruting is great… one thought we have the worst Offensive Line in the Big Ten and one one of the worst in the Nation. So far we have recrited only 2 Offensive Linemen for next year. Are you kidding me? I think we are going backwards in recruting.

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            I’ve summarized the Spartans’ hard luck with offensive linemen about a dozen posts below this one. Are they the B1G’s worst? It’s hard to say with receivers that can’t separate, an apparent lack of rushing options, and a highly-predictible formation/play call correlation.

            The class of ’13 is very nearly full–especially if Gholston & Bell return next year. I think MSU will only have eight O-linemen on scholarship in January ’14–meaning two walk-ons will be starting in the 2014 Green and White game! So yeah, obtaining linemen will be a necessarily high priority in rounding out the ’13 & ’14 classes.

  2. avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

    Damion Terry sure seems like the real deal. Glad we got his verbal before other schools realized how good he is.

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Somebody tell Cracker that he can tweet all he wants, nobody is reading his stuff. Little minds with little agendas and little opinions don’t interest anyone with more than a GED and job at the Arthur Treachers.

  4. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Will you get any quotes from the soccer team , regarding their visit from Jabari yesterday?

  5. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Does any one know if there is a line out yet on the Wisconsin game? Is MSU given some credit for last week to cut the spread to single digits?

  6. avatar mysondave says:

    Though I don’t profess to know a great deal about college football, this season begs questions from even the casual observer. What has happened to Adams? Doesn’t it seem like Gohlston has been largely missing? Why did it take half a season for our OC to recognize Burbridge’s talents? Does it make sense to rush Bell 26 times to develope our ground game when it only average 2.6+ yards per attempt? Also, I keep hearing that it has been such a shame that we’ve had numerous injuries, but were we not well-stocked in depth because Coach Dantonio is such an excellent evaluator of talent regardless of our consistently low rankings by Rivals, etc? Perhaps a coach should not be given too much credit for close wins and maybe not be judged too harshly for this year’s close losses. Still and always a Spartan. Go Green.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      I’ll take a stab at the last two–letting my silence on the others speak for itself:

      I’m generally ok with the overall run-pass distribution v. UM [31-34], but the apparent lack of an alternative back to Bell does seem to be a handicap. [The only other back with a carry was Maxwell--and that's because sacks are counted as rushes.] I wonder whether if (and how badly) Bell was hurt prior to the missed field goal; he’d averaged 3.6 yds/carry to that point.

      This merges into injuries to blockers. At fullback, Palazeti and not-really-a-FB Thomas have struggled with injuries, and a backup [Calero] left the team before the season. At tight end, D. Sims & Gleichert are both injured. Center Travis Jackson is out, and one backup [Klatt] hasn’t gotten quite up to speed from prior-year injuries. At guard, one backup [Deyo] transferred before the season, and Treadwell has been too far from 100% for half of the season. And tackle’s been a mess: Fonoti is out; Burkland was injured for about a year, and it certianly showed in September; France and Dennis are now injured; Conway had a multi-year injury stalling his development; and recall that four-star recruit David Barrent had to retire in 2011.

      So at FB–often a jr/sr position–State’s relying a lot on Thomas and a red-shirt frosh; and at TE (a shallow position for MSU) the 3a & 3b guys were working v. UM. On the offensive line–not counting true freshmen–what was a potential corps of 15 guys on scholarship (counting Arthur Ray) is missing or recuperating to some degree except for Allen, Clark, Ruhland & McDonald.

      With Baker gone, it’s a little like having an 85-scholarship program on defense and a 51-scholarship program on offense. With that handicap, Dantonio & Roushar need to be somewhere between phenomenal and perfect. (They aren’t.)

  7. avatar Behind the green curtain says:

    Marine two more losses is only six. Six wins save my job losses to SCarolina and LSU only

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      I said at least 2, Bunkie. You’ll find another way to screw up the kids playing their tails off by smiling too much when you should be doing what you call coaching.

  8. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Lions, Tigers , and Bears, oh my

  9. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey Mark Silverman, you biased bum: BTN replayed the game last night. I understand condensing the game, but omitting the Sadler play and that drive is criminal. Paris couldn’t score a touch, but you have your slaves cut out a Spartan highlight of all time. Come on jerk, show a little even handed maturity. I realize history is written by those who win, but that’s just ludicrous. I would think that might cost you some more Quicken Loan luv and check you car over carefully tonight.

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      Why are you always complaining about the cutting room floor, they just ran out of time that’s all. I am so glad that Graham Couch is on board. He has added a breath of fresh air to the Sports Journalism on this beat.

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey, john L, Idaho is looking for a coach and they’ll be an independent nest year, so no split of all that TV and Bowl money. You could probably work a percentage deal for some of those dollars.

  11. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Having seen the operation and the people that Jabari likely met, I’m as confident as can be that MSU put it’s best foot forward this past weekend. Better yet, they didn’t have to notch it up several levels . They exhibit such traits every day and are genuinely good people. That won’t be lost on the Parkers.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Having seen the table where the Parkers and Coach Izzo had dinner Saturday night and the hardware on the wall by their dinner table I concur 100%. Nice of him to stop by the soccer players. From the other site, that I can not access during the day read your comment this morning regarding Maxwell. I am pretty sure that next year is going to be a lot like 2010 when he had an open competition for QB in the Spring and Fall Camp. Am confident that Dantonio will file the same blueprint in 13, no job will be safe next April there will be open competition, even if it means starting a true freshman from Erie PA if that is the best course of action.

  12. avatar Damiano says:

    8 games are enough chances to Maxwell. He is not a suitable QB for rose bowl. We should give a chance to Cook from WI game. And from next season, Damion Terry can be starting QB.

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