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Spartans notice Indiana WR’s breakout
When Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel dropped by Wayne (Fort Wayne, Ind.) High on Friday, it was pretty clear whom he had his eye on.
Craig Young’s recruitment has blown up since the end of his junior season. Indiana, Iowa State and Wisconsin had already offered beforehand, but 2017 showed a lot more of what he has in his arsenal. The 6-foot-3 wideout only recorded 2 catches in Wayne’s run-heavy attack before coach Derrick Moore implemented a spread offense.
Young flourished, and the offers began to roll in: Iowa, Purdue, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and then Michigan State. Samuel returned to the school later in the day to see Young’s basketball practice and share the news.
“[Samuel] said he liked his size,” Moore said. “He liked bigger receivers, and Craig’s a bigger guy. He can flat out fly. Those two things. He said he’s raw. He’s got things to work on.”
Michigan State and most others see him playing wide receiver in college, but he can do plenty more. In fact, Ohio State offered him as an athlete on Monday, having liked his film at defensive back.
Young finished with 27 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2017. He even stepped in at defensive end on third downs, recording 1 1/2 sacks on the year. Rated a 3-star prospect and the No. 12 junior in Indiana by the 247Sports composite rankings, he’s likely to see those numbers improve as more take notice.
“Craig’s always been a gifted athlete,” Moore said. “He’s a great kid, he’s great academically and he’s pretty much a stud physically. He can do whatever he wants to do. The sky’s the limit.”
And Wayne needed him to do a lot. Besides defense, he played on special teams and hardly ever came off the field on offense. He finished the year with 29 catches for 367 yards and 4 touchdowns, ran 39 times for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns and even completed a pass for 15 yards.
“The stats can be deceiving because Craig was pretty much double- and triple-teamed everywhere he went, and so it opened up our offense for a lot of our other receivers and running backs,” Moore said. “When you’ve got a guy that’s 6-3, 6-4 and runs a 10.6, 10.7 100 (meter dash), a lot of teams put a safety over the top of the corner, so we had to find other ways to get him the ball. We put him at cornerback, put him in the slot, and we were finally able to get it to him.”
Michigan State hasn’t had a large presence in Indiana in recent years, with tight end Josiah Price (Class of 2012) being the last signee to even play a game for the Spartans. But Young looks to be well worth the effort.
New offers extended
The search for a 2019 wide receiver continued in Pennsylvania, as Michigan State used the live period to its advantage. At Philadelphia’s Imhotep Institute, 6-3 standout Yusuf Terry announced an offer from Michigan State.
— 8️⃣ (@YTerry_) January 30, 2018
Terry, currently an unranked prospect, already holds offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and more. He had a breakout junior season, going from 2 catches for 13 yards as a sophomore to 39 catches for 796 yards and 7 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He also rushed 5 times for 153 yards, an average of better than 30 yards per carry.
In Georgia, the Spartans made clear their interest in another relatively under-the-radar junior. Kevon Glenn, a 6-1 Dutchtown (Hampton, Ga.) linebacker, announced his offer later on Tuesday.
— Kevon Glenn (@kevontglenn) January 30, 2018
Glenn, a 3-star prospect and the No. 47 outside linebacker in the nation, has offers from Iowa State, Kentucky and Ole Miss, among others.
Spartans continue to push for 3-star DT
After spending Monday in the Chicago area, Michigan State defensive tackles coach Ron Burton made his way to Salt Lake City East High. And he brought coach Mark Dantonio with him.
— Brandon Matich (@CoachBMatich) January 30, 2018
East is home to 3-star defensive tackle Tennessee Pututau, who took an official visit to Michigan State in December. Though he has multiple brothers either at Utah or signed with the Utes, he continues to consider the Spartans.
Michigan State has three defensive linemen committed to its 2018 class already but would like to add a tackle by National Signing Day on Feb. 7. Pututau and 3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) DT Dashaun Mallory look like the most probable candidates to fill that spot.
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