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Michigan State unofficial scholarship tracker
Transfer season is upon us, and it likely will be an active one for Michigan State.
It’ll take a lot to top the 2017 offseason, which saw departures and dismissals galore in the wake of a 3-9 campaign. This time around, Michigan State comes off a 10-3 season with a Holiday Bowl championship in hand and roster attrition still inevitable.
Michigan State signed 20 high school seniors on Dec. 20 when the new early period began, but with the season completed, the Spartans say goodbye to a small senior class that won’t open up enough spots on its own.
The turnover already has begun. Junior defensive end Robert Bowers “separated from the program,” after the Ohio State game, according to coach Mark Dantonio. Michigan State honored junior offensive lineman Nick Padla on senior day as he plans to depart before his final year of eligibility. And on Saturday, redshirt freshman quarterback Messiah deWeaver announced his plans to transfer.
That won’t be enough. An unofficial count of the players projected to be on scholarship for the 2018 season (including the 20 signees) gives us 33 freshmen, 22 sophomores, 17 juniors and 18 seniors for a total of 90. NCAA scholarship rules limit that number to 85.
|Fr. (Total: 33)||So. (22)||Jr. (17)||Sr. (18)|
|QB (Total: 3)||Theo Day, Rocky Lombardi||Brian Lewerke|
|RB/FB (7)||Weston Bridges, Elijah Collins, La’Darius Jefferson||Connor Heyward||Madre London, Collin Lucas, LJ Scott|
|WR (10)||Ja’Vez Alexander, C.J. Hayes, Julian Major||Cam Chambers, Laress Nelson, Hunter Rison, Cody White||Trishton Jackson, Darrell Stewart||Felton Davis|
|TE (6)||Jack Camper, Trenton Gillison||Noah Davis, Matt Dotson||Chase Gianacakos, Matt Sokol|
|OL (14)||Matt Carrick, Dimitri Douglas, Jacob Isaia, Mustafa Khaleefah, James Ohonba||Matt Allen, AJ Arcuri, Luke Campbell, Kevin Jarvis, Jordan Reid||Cole Chewins, Tyler Higby, Noah Listermann||David Beedle|
|DL (16)||Parks Gissinger, Lashawn Paulino-Bell, Jacob Slade, Zach Slade, DeAri Todd||Mufi Hill-Hunt, Naquan Jones, Jacub Panasiuk, Brandon Randle||Justice Alexander, Mike Panasiuk, Kyonta Stallworth, Kenny Willekes, Raequan Williams||Dillon Alexander, Gerald Owens|
|LB (10)||Jeslord Boateng, Noah Harvey, Chase Kline, Darien Tipps-Clemons, Edward Warinner||Antjuan Simmons||Joe Bachie, Tyriq Thompson||Byron Bullough, Andrew Dowell|
|DB (20)||Shakur Brown, Michael Dowell, Emmanuel Flowers, Kalon Gervin, Xavier Henderson, Chris Jackson, Davion Williams||Austin Andrews, Dominique Long, Tre Person, Josiah Scott||Josh Butler, David Dowell, Justin Layne||T.J. Harrell, Grayson Miller, Matt Morrissey, Tyson Smith, Jalen Watts-Jackson, Khari Willis|
|Special Teams (4)||Cole Hahn (K)||Matt Coghlin (K)||Collin Caflisch (LS)||Jake Hartbarger (P)|
Add to that the very clear acknowledgement from Dantonio that his program’s work in the 2018 recruiting class has not been completed. The Spartans still plan to reel in “a couple” of more high school seniors in time for the regular signing period, which begins Feb. 7.
Michigan State’s plans for a potential pair of final spots has been quite obvious. The Spartans will prioritize landing a defensive tackle, with prospects such as 3-star Jamarcus Chatman (Rome, Ga.), 3-star Jackson Cravens (Provo, Utah) and 4-star Tennessee Pututau (Salt Lake City) sticking out.
Cravens, though he took an official visit to Michigan State in September, has been in no rush to come to a decision. And the longer he waits, the more interest he receives. On Monday, he announced an offer from Washington State, the program Michigan State beat in the 2017 Holiday Bowl.
Grateful to receive an offer from Washington State University! pic.twitter.com/GkjcQ9matC
— Jackson Cravens (@JacksonCravens) January 1, 2018
Additionally, Dantonio and his staff continue to pursue multiple targets at wide receiver. Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wideout Tommy Bush, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, has been in consistent contact with not only the coaches, but Spartans signees as well. And if Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) speedster Jalen Nailor takes an official visit this month like he intends, he might be hearing from far more Spartans than just his prep teammate, MSU signee Jacob Isaia.
Two more additions would bring our unofficial scholarship count to 92, requiring transfers to lower it to an NCAA-approved level. Keep an eye on Land of 10. We’ll bring you the news as it arrives.
Michigan State basketball signee stat tracker
Now that we’ve entered a new week and a new year, let’s look back and check in on how Michigan State’s men’s basketball signees performed in the final week of 2017.
The Spartans have signed five players to their 2018 class: 4-star Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central forward Marcus Bingham, 4-star Belleville (Mich.) wing Gabe Brown, 3-star Ben Davis (Indianapolis) wing Aaron Henry, and 4-star point guard Foster Loyer as well as 3-star forward Thomas Kithier, both of Clarkston (Mich.) High. The class ranks 10th nationally and second in the Big Ten.
- Brown scored 21 points as Belleville took down Westland (Mich.) John Glenn, 65-52, on Thursday, according to his AAU program.
Michigan State signee Gabe Brown had 21 pts in Belleville’s win over Westland John Glenn tonight @_Going_Pro_
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) December 29, 2017
- Henry led Ben Davis to two wins in as many nights on Thursday and Friday, first beating Lawrence Central (Indianapolis) 66-61 before besting Brebeuf Jesuit (Indianapolis) 61-49. Henry scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, per The Indianapolis Star.
- Loyer and Clarkston saw their 19-game winning streak, which began in February 2017, end at the hands of Detroit East English Village 80-71 on Thursday. Clarkston held a 22-point lead in the third quarter, per the Oakland Press. The newspaper reported Loyer posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo looking on.