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Tracking MSU’s football recruits

Here is taking a look at how some of MSU’s verbally committed prospects fared in what was the opening week of the high school football season.

Several Michigan State recruits had strong performances to kick off the high school football seasons, while a pair were limited by injuries.

Beaver Dam (Wis.) running back R.J. Shelton and Solon (Ohio) receiver Darian Hicks delivered the top performances of the MSU verbally committed prospects.

Shelton scored five touchdowns and ran for 238 yards on 16 carries in a 42-20 victory. Three of his scores came on plays of 60-plus yards, including a 65-yard punt return.

Hicks scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of regulation to lead his team to victory. Hicks caught a 38-yard touchdown pass with 2:03 remaining in regulation before scoring the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in a 24-21 victory.

Waukesha (Wis.) West tight end Dylan Chmura and Cincinnati St. Xavier receiver Trey Kilgore both suffered injuries. Chmura, who missed the entire 2011 season because of a torn ACL, left with an ankle injury. Kilgore broke his foot in a scrimmage and will be out the next four to six weeks.

Here’s a couple of other performances:

Flint Carman-Ainsworth running back Gerald Holmes had 14 carries and ran for 162 yards and two TDs. One of his TDs came on a 78-yard run.

Grand Rapids Christian receiver and 2014 MSU football and basketball recruit Drake Harris had four catches for 55 yards and a TD in his opener.

Quarterback recruit Damion Terry of Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep doesn’t open his season until Friday and linebacker Shane Jones and Cincinnati Moeller played on ESPNU tonight.

Also late tonight, MSU landed Cass Tech offensive lineman Dennis Finley. It marks the second recruit in two days for the Spartans, who got a verbal recruit from Chicago Julian’s Demetrius Cooper on Saturday night.

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56 Responses to Tracking MSU’s football recruits

  1. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    An offensive lineman for the future! Hurrah!

    Here Rivals’s page on Finley:
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Dennis-Finley-109939;_ylt=ApqBcnww9li0E9v0r9Jtd0hDPZB4
    (Among the three services, I’ve seen his weight listed from 280-305 lbs.)

    The two big offers Finley eschewed to come to MSU were from UW and OSU. In your face, Urban Meyer trolls!

    • avatar jerseyjohn says:

      don’t celebrate yet..urban still has a year to steal him.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Let’s put it this way, hokey pokey saw we had offered and didn’t bother. From the Acorn State is different than from Michigan, me thinks, as far as the football Parole Officer is concerned and this guy has no record.

        • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

          But of course all the scUM fans will say we didn’t want him, blah blah blah

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Until he’s opening holes for the Mac Trucks who are the future Spartan RB’s and then they’ll be as Elmer Fudd says, berry, berry quiet.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        It’s true Meyer has about 24 weeks to poach. He also has fewer scholarships with which to work; 24 per class (82 total) as I understand it. USMC sagely predicted that Urban will likely jettison some Tressel/Fickell recruits so that he can grab more guys to his liking. But UM (the OSU coach—see what I did there? :P ) is likely more concerned with getting his spread-offense guys in house than grabbing a second DE from the Spartans. (Also, Finley’s decision-tree narrative is much different than Se’von Pittman’s was. It’s not like Meyer can retire, then re-join the Buckeyes, between mid-December and Signing Day.

        (Or can he…)

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Don’t hold your breath on anything the Urban Blight says, the Michael J Foxx character in The American President says, everything is subject to cancelation up to 45 minutes prior.

      • avatar Conversations with Jim Beam says:

        And they will my Spartan friend , they will. Cass Tech belongs somewhere else, Urban Meyer will see to that, he did not have an offer from Hoke, Wicker just went to plan B since the mothership was not interested.

        In my younger days I helped to Burn the hopes of Sexton, now on October 20th will Denard Robinson singlehandedly Burn the hopes of Sparty with his world class speed and athleticism.

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Cranking up the recruiting news, indeed. Solid Info on some solid recruits. Injuries, while bothersome to both the recruit and the Spartans, are part of football. Heal up and have fun.

  3. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    MD and Petersen have sparred with position groups once before:
    http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2012/08/boise_states_chris_petersen_us.html

    In a related article, the reporter notes, “But none of those games were played in an away campus venue, like Spartan Stadium”, in describing other BSU season openers.

    (BSU did beat Oregon in Eugene in their second game of 2008. (Boise State finished the year 12-1.) In my opinion, that Duck team was about as good as MSU was in 2008. So if ’08 is to ’12 for both teams, then it wouldn’t look good for the Spartans.

    (If it were.)

  4. avatar TJ says:

    Like the type of players Dantanio is targeting to fit the program and team chemistry. People who want to be here will do well vs talking them into something (Urban decay) that benefits the coach and not the player.

    Almost threw up as ESPN put on OSU as a featured school on a special program-since when do we look up to cheaters as a role model?

    Looking forward to meeting alot of you in person at the Boise State tailgate-have 2 extra tickets if someone needs them

    Go green !

  5. avatar Steve says:

    ATTENTION SPARTAN STUDENTS: NEW FOOTBALL TRADITION: Yell the M – S – U at the end of the alma mater during pregame.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Steve, there are very few students who even lurk here. Something about being around all these old goats and their old ways just turns them to the light side.

  6. avatar MSUDersh says:

    Finley from Cass Tech is a great get, a highly sought after recruit from a rivals traditional hotbed, at a position of need.

    Demetrius Cooper from Chicago a huge ans valuable recruit, too, I love that these big name guys are willing to put the Spartan S on their chest. As Coach D continues to build this program, we shod continue to see more commitments from these highly sought after players. I have a feeling we’ll see a rash of verbals after the ND game, apparently a lot of 2013 and 2014 players will be there .

  7. avatar MSUDersh says:

    So what’s the story with Chmura’s injury? I can’t find anything about it online or on twitter. Is this anything real we need to get concerned about?

  8. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Sorry to hear about the injuries but the reports for the others were all upbeat as they continue to excel. With the latest additions the Dantonio wagon continues to roll. Bodes well for future Spartan teams. I will take solid performers over hype every time. Urban Meyer can recruit all the RichRod players he wants. Tim Tebow ain’t coming to Columbus.

  9. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Per JR at Freep

    MSU just received their first commitment for the Class of 2030. It was of necessity as Joe stated a non-verbal. Father of the recruit is Spartan great Drew Stanton, the glue that held Spartan spirit together in some dismal times.

    Congratulations Drew. We look forward to seeing Asher replays on the giant vid board in Spartan Stadium.

  10. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this:
    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/8/27/3271435/college-football-bowl-projections-2012

    Not the Spartan Rose Bowl prediction; I get that. But how does Wisconsin displace UM or UN-L for a BCS (Bovine Cartel Sludge) bid? And are we to believe that neither Purdue nor NU can eke out six wins for bowl eligibility?

    (It looks like national bloggers are on a different script that national writers & gabbers re: MSU.)

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I dont care about the talking heads or the BCS any more, they may be able to cheat us out of a title game or BCS at large bid for two more years, I do not care. I wont give them the satisfaction any more. I just want to go to the Rose Bowl now in 3 years there will be a legitamite playoff season and we will do our talking on the field.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      1. For Wiscy to get that slot, they’d have to not make the B1G title game, i.e. like scUM did last year. History has shown us that you cannot lose in the conference title game (outside of SEC) and get you into a BCS game. 2. Which means that they would either lose to an unranked team in their division (at least with today’s poll) or an OSU team not in the top 15.

      Either way does not make sense. The author was not thinking straight here.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        UW could run the table and only lose to MSU on 12/1/12. With UM (in this case) having at least one B1G loss plus the Alabama loss, UW would be 12-1; UM 10-2 (at best; they could also lose to the Irish and still be selected ahead of Iowa or UNL). Between these two best options, it might be hard for UW to be passed over by the Fiesta Bowl for UM. Especially if they remember the low TV ratings and visual/statistical craptasmagoria that Hokeamania brought to NOLA.

        That must be the thinking. I see no other possibility.

  11. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    This is interesting:
    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1313665/b10_defense_scatter2.JPG

    It looks like Northwestern should’ve passed [a lot] more; UM should’ve run [a lot] more; and MSU should’ve run [a little] more. Overall. One would have to look at specific drives to decide whether the graph is misleading (it can’t account for 8-man boxes and INTs). But more runs up the middle against UNL would’ve made that a closer game last year; and a close loss instead of the outcome (blowout) might’ve kept MSU in the top 14 in December–and thus BCS-Bowl eligible.

    CouldaWouldaShoulda. A new road to the BCS starts in 102.4 hours. Go Green!

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      Disregard the entire foregoing graph interpretation. It’s a DEFENSE graph–not offense.

      /Faceplant!

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        I actually did one of those once and it was un-fun (no alcohol involved, which I’m not sure in this case if that is a good thing.)

  12. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Even though hokey pokey is talking about the suspension still not being cleared, the RB who got the DUI is listed as the starter for the ‘Bama Elephant Walk. No word on the kid who beat up his girlfriend.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      They will suspend him for the UMass game when they fly in the 5 year from Oklahoma who wore the Mich shirt to sit next to Brandon in the box.
      Then they will claim they were inspired to beat UMass.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      Methinks there was some inside information on what’s to happen with the RB tomorrow in court, and Hoke’s prepping for The Court’s anticlimactic hearing. Methinks judgment will be hailed as exoneration by The Ewe and Touissaint will play as much as he can.

      The other guy’s hearing is in two weeks. If he’s needed, the Hoker will trot out due process (which I might be okay with) and the “I’m sure he’s really, really sorry” Weasel in Team-Rules Absolution clothing (not so okay).

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Kelly’s just trying to shame hokey pokey into doing the right thing, I’m not sure a MAC level coach knows what the right thing is at the true DI level.

        • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

          Meaning Notre Dame’s Kelly? I hadn’t thought of that, and wonder about Kelly’s motive to do so. They don’t play UM until week four; wouldn’t a suspension have expired for Touissaint by then? Besides, Kelly wasn’t exactly harsh on “I [heart]Mug-Shots!” Floyd.

          (The MAC/WAC coaches might actually be more righteous as a group; there’s less money & power for corrupt tendencies. Regardless, there’s stench-dirty & [humanly] clean at every level, imo.)

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            See Mankato state for that

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Good call ’81

            At Mac level schools, there isn’t coverage of something like this on this level. Kelly isn’t doing any more or less than the fan base and administration will put up with. Unfortunately, Penn State has shown that doing that is not always what’s best for the student or the program. When the lunatics start running the asylum, you get PSU or OSU or FSU or UF or……..

  13. avatar The Tanner says:

    Sheldon run wild baby !!!

    Damon Terry future of QB baby !!!

    Coach D and Coach Pete heap praise baby !!!

    The Tanner put inside info on blog baby !!!

  14. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Marine, this tanner clown has no inside info

  15. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Chris are you going to do a back and forth with the Boise beat writer like Joe used to do

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Those were always good dialogues, surprising how many of the “enemy” would own up and say the Spartans would win.

      • avatar GoSt8Go says:

        Agree, those are fun.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Yes, those were good and I think the Boise counterpart to Solari would be willing to do it if Chris would pick up the phone, I hear they have an active beatwriter/ blogger, Lubeck would have an idea of the talents of that Idaho ink stained wretch and whether he would be willing to match wits with Solari

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            Also he might pay Chris for the overtime with a plate of cheese fries from the potato state.

          • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

            “chili” cheese fries says Solari.

          • avatar MSUDersh says:

            Chadd Cripe seems to be their main blogger, w Idaho Statesman. FWIW, he rated MSU 7 in his AP poll, only one other voter had them that high.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Yes, those were good and I think the Boise counterpart to Solari would be willing to do it if Chris would pick up the phone, I hear they have an active beatwriter/ blogger, Lubeck would have an idea of the talents of that Idaho ink stained wretch and whether he would be willing to match wits with Solari.

  16. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    As expected, Kirk Cousins will start in his pre-season game tonight:
    http://tinyurl.com/9ty7tq4

  17. avatar Mike says:

    ATTENTION SPARTAN STUDENTS: NEW FOOTBALL TRADITION: Yell the M – S – U at the end of the alma mater during pregame.

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      Speaking of new traditions, when did the student body begin emphasizing “weak” in the fight song? I graduated in 2000, and first moved out of Michigan (so stopped attending MSU games for a while) in 2003, and the students weren’t doing it then. But then I went to the Final Four at Ford Field in 09 and noticed it. So it started sometime in the middle of last decade.

      Personally, I hate it. It just seems so trashy to me. I know other schools have things like that too, but that doesn’t mean I have to like.it when our students do it. Maybe I’m just getting old & curmudgeonly.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Aint nobody still under the age of 22 here. Barking up the proverbial wrong tree.

  18. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    I would pay Solaris overtime if he would get Chadd Cripes prediction since he ranked MSU #7

  19. avatar MSUDersh says:

    Good.piece by Joe today in.the Free Press (and I guess here, too, eventually) about the dbacks for both MSU & Boise.

  20. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Chadd Cripes REALLY knows how to give the fans what they want doesn’t he? Wow, everything you wanted to know about the Smurfs (probably not original) is on his blog. Position by position break out.

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