Detroit Cass Tech running back/linebacker Deon Drake became the third commitment in MSU’s 2014 recruiting class on Sunday.
Drake chose MSU over Ohio State and Iowa and also had offers from schools like Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Syracuse.
It was a big land for the Spartans considering he is one of the top prospects in the Midwest and also that its helping MSU establish a presence in the talent pipeline at Cass Tech. Many players from the school have gone to Michigan in the past. Now East Lansing is becoming a destination of choice because of offensive lineman Dennis Finley, who committed to MSU last month, and Drake.
“They (MSU) have done a great job of just staying after it and staying consistent,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu said today. “It would’ve been easy to write that school off having lost on a number of guys from that school throughout the years, but MSU has continued to keep their relationships there, to keep getting kids on campus and its paid off by being able to get two kids this year.”
And more Cass Tech guys could be on the way. Trieu mentions that Finley and Drake have brought younger players like current Technicians quarterback Jayru Campbell on their visits to MSU.
Drake has long had an interest in MSU. He has a cousin that is enrolled and has visited the campus many times.
“He liked Michigan State from the first time he went up there,” Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said. “We went to a basketball game and he was just like ‘Coach, this is where I really want to go. He was like coach do you think I’m gonna go here one day?’ I said ‘Sure you can go here, they’ll offer you. You’re a great football player.’ Sure enough, he got the offer.”
Wilcher said Drake is a ‘real good kid and very athletic, quick, a hard worker that bleeds football’ and believes he will be a good addition for MSU.
Here is looking at how some of MSU’s verbal commits fared over the weekend.
Damion Terry (2013 QB) – Completed 12 of 15 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns to lead Erie Cathedral Prep to a 69-0 win over St. Francis (N.Y). Has 1,017 passing yards in four games and is 59 of 78 passing.
Jay Harris (2013 WR) – Caught the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass is a time expired in Downingtown East’s 35-34 win over Coatesville. Had 12 catches for 118 yards
R.J. Shelton (2013 RB) – Had 106 rushing yards and a 17-yard TD catch for Beaver Dam in its 34-27 loss.
Gerald Holmes (2013 RB) – Had TD runs of 39 yards and 75 yards in Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s 43-0 win over Flushing. Finished with eight carries for 166 yards.
Jalyn Powell (2013 S) - Returned a punt for a touchdown and had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in Warren Harding’s 55-0 win over Warren Heights. Harding is 4-1.
Devyn Salmon (2013 DT) – Forced a fumble and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown in Plant City’s 34-14 win over Riverview.
Drake Harris (2014 WR) – Continued his strong junior season with an 86 yard touchdown and seven catches for 139 yards in Grand Rapids Christian’s 38-21 win over Caledonia.
And then looking at a former Spartan, rookie receiver Keshawn Martin had a nice performance for the Houston Texans on Sunday. He had two catches for 20 yards and one carry for 21 yards.