On the banks of the Red Cedar, recruiting never stops. We’re here every step of the way to keep you moving along with it.
Let’s just get it out of the way early.
IMG Academy (Fla.) senior defensive end Jack Camper, a Michigan State commit, knows that losing can lead to questions about a recruiting class. Allow him to answer those questions here.
“Every team has their slumps,” the 3-star prospect told Land of 10. “I fell in love with the school and the football program, so I’m heavy on MSU. I’m not going anywhere.”
Like many in Michigan State’s 2017 class, Camper has continued to hear from other schools. Considering his commitment status, he chooses not to name which schools.
“Not much,” he said of the level of outside attention he’s getting, “just because I think I’ve said outright that I’m solid with MSU. I have a true commitment to them.”
Camper played tight end as a sophomore, but at national powerhouse IMG he has moved to the defensive side of the ball while Oregon commit Tre’ McKitty gets the snaps at tight end. Camper has 23 tackles and three quarterback hurries in five games this year.
At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, though, Camper and Michigan State feel he’s got the build of a tight end in college. That’s the position for which he committed to Michigan State in March.
“That’s actually the position I got recruited the most as because of my body type,” he said. “I’m quite athletic, but I’m not big enough to be a defensive end. I don’t have that 290(-pound) frame. I’m athletic. I’m pretty long. But I still have the ability to catch the football and get down the field.”
Camper has visited Michigan State three times this fall, most recently for its homecoming game against Northwestern on Oct. 15. Despite the Spartans’ recent play, Camper feels the resume speaks for itself, noting last year’s Big Ten title.
And even with past results out the window, Camper still questions those who lose interest in a school solely because of its record.
“If winning’s the only thing you see in a school,” he said, “you need to get your priorities straight.”
Camper knows he’s committing to a hard-nosed program that will “go out there and stomp people the good old-fashioned way,” with less focus on flash and glamour than running downhill, even if it has struggled with the latter this season.
But going into rivalry week, he knows that can change against Michigan.
“Records go out the window,” he said. “Anything can happen in a rivalry game. It’s a whole different ballgame.”
Camper confident about KJ Hamler
IMG Academy offers a unique dynamic. With probably more players holding Division I offers than driver’s licenses, Camper has a handful of teammates with considerable interest from Michigan State.
You can bet Camper has been in their ears, talking up the Spartans. He chose not to name most of them, as they’ve got their own thoughts and he doesn’t want to put words in their mouths. He did, however, say that he’s had a consistent dialogue with 4-star receiver KJ Hamler.
“We talk about it all the time,” Camper said about potentially having Hamler join him in Michigan State’s 2017 class.
Hamler, a Michigan native, officially visited the Spartans in September and put them in his top five alongside Arizona, Iowa State, Oregon and Penn State. He recently had surgery for an ACL tear suffered in the season opener.
“Go, Green!” Camper will sometimes shout when he sees Hamler around campus, to which the 5-foot-9 receiver will respond, “Go, White!” Camper is confident about bringing his senior teammate into the fold at Michigan State.
“I feel really good about it,” he said. “He’s from up that way. (It’s his) hometown school. Hopefully, we can snag him.”
As for what to expect out of the speedster, Camper offered a scouting report on Hamler.
“I think he’s a great player,” Camper said. “He’s very aggressive. He just loves the sport and has a great enthusiasm when he’s on the field. I think he’s just an overall great guy. He always has a smile on his face. He jokes around a little bit but gets serious when he needs to.”
Spartans offer Georgia cornerback
Three-star Eagles Landing (Ga.) Christian Academy sophomore Tre’ Douglas announced an offer from Michigan State on Tuesday night.
— Tre' Douglas (@tredough8) October 25, 2016
The 6-foot-2 cornerback, ranked the No. 29 prospect in Georgia, already holds offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Douglas quickly received a curt response to his tweet from 4-star Michigan State offensive line commit Kevin Jarvis, who made sure to correct Douglas’ identification of the school as “the University of Michigan State.”
@tredough8 Michigan State University
— Kevin Jarvis (@Kevinjarvis71) October 26, 2016
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