Sometimes it can be tough to gauge the progress of recruits once they become seniors.
Once they are committed to a school, there’s not as much incentive to post highlights consistently. In the case of Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class, every member committed before August.
So many of these guys have been quietly going about their business, getting on campus when they can and not necessarily trying to prove anything to coaches or media.
“I’m done with the showcasing and stuff like that,” 4-star Spartans wide receiver commit Hunter Rison told Land of 10 about why he turned his profile and background photos on Twitter black in September.
And that likely reflects the mindset of many Michigan State commits. They might not be hyping themselves up, but we will. Here are the three most underrated commits in the Spartans’ 2017 class.
3-star Copley (Ohio) running back
No. 41 running back in nation, No. 30 prospect in Ohio
Michigan State has made an effort to recruit a second running back to this class. But if it doesn’t, it should be fine. The only production the Spartans will lose at running back comes from Delton Williams (who’s actually made a bigger impact catching the ball), and they will bring in plenty with Bridges.
Michigan State will be getting a running back who can carry a heavy load. In 11 games as a senior, Bridges rushed 237 times for 1,651 yards and 29 touchdowns. He will run people over if that’s what it takes to get the yards.
Bridges has stayed pretty quiet during his recruitment. He’s committed to Michigan State and doesn’t seem to think there’s much reason to talk about it. What’s done is done, and he doesn’t need to promote himself anymore.
3-star Massillon (Ohio) Perry offensive guard
No. 34 offensive guard in nation, No. 33 prospect in Ohio
It’s a bit surprising that Carrick isn’t more highly touted. He’s clearly the top prospect on a Perry team that has convincingly advanced to Ohio’s Division II regional finals, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Carrick, at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, doesn’t necessarily grab attention immediately with explosiveness. But he brings a lot of toughness and physicality from being a wrestler. He also blocks very well in space as part of an offense highly predicated on running the ball.
If Michigan State is going to get back to grinding games out on the ground, Carrick will likely be a big part of that. And, who knows, maybe he’ll see some action on the defensive side of the ball as well.
3-star Fairfield (Ohio) cornerback
No. 106 cornerback in nation, No. 41 prospect in Ohio
Don’t be fooled by his slight frame. Scott is one tough, feisty competitor. He’s got very good instincts that also help him against the run. Maybe playing alongside 4-star defensive end Malik Vann takes away some attention, but Scott is legit.
Scott needs to get a bit stronger, but Michigan State can definitely use his help in the secondary. Cornerback Darian Hicks is a senior, and the Spartans probably would like to use Donnie Corley and Justin Layne a bit more at wide receiver instead of on defense. Or maybe he’s just fine at the size he is now. He’s got the speed and agility, and he certainly doesn’t hit like a player who stands a shade over 5-foot-9.
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