June 22, 2008
Spartan Camp & 7v7 rewind
Michigan State hosted a football camp on Friday and a 7 on 7 tournament on Sunday. Spartsnmag.com was present at both events and has some of the highlights for those that missed out message board and front page reports. Find out the latest.
TOP FIVE STORYLINES:
Michigan State picked up a commitment Friday evening when athlete Dana Dixon selected the Spartans over offers from Louisville, Northwestern and Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Dixon clocked three sub 4.5 forty-yard dashes and showed excellent lateral movement in the 3 cone drill. Dixon's commitment gives the Spartans two Renaissance Phoenix players for the class of 2009, the other being 4-star linebacker Chris Norman.
2) Plenty of muscle:
Offensive line recruiting is critical for Michigan State and this weekend the Spartans hosted and impressive group of offensive line prospects. On Friday Offensive lien Coach Dan Roushar was able to work with 3 star prospects Charlie Chapman, Kyle Koehne and Micajah Reynolds. On Saturday 4-str prospect Nate Klatt was in East Lansing to check out Michigan State and get to know the staff better. Could the Spartans have a commitment or two from the above list of prospects in the near future? It certainly would not be out of the question.
3) Future Spartans shine:
Several of the class of 2009 commitments were on hand this weekend. It was often easy to figure out who they were as they were often dominating their position group. Blake Treadwell was a beast working at defensive tackle. Running back Edwin Baker showcased his vast skills in the 7v7 tournament. Wide receivers Donald Spencer and Patrick White impressed everyone by catching lots of well thrown passes from quarterback Andrew Maxwell.
4) Sleepers no more:
Part of the reason teams' neon to have camp is give prospect the opportunity to come out of the shadows and show they are prime-time -players. Every year a few prospects emerge at camp. This year the players that had everyone talking were Zurlon Tipton of Parkway Christian School, Bennie Fowler of Detroit Country Day, Justin Chappelle of University High School in Ohio and Kenneth Watkins of Brother Rice. All of the above player improved their stock considerably this weekend.
5) Out of staters:
The Buckeyes held their camp the same day as MSU so the Spartans focused more on in-state prospects this weekend. With that said, a few talented out of state prospects were on hand that solidly on the Spartan radar. Texas DL Kerry Hyder made the trip to Big Ten country and had a strong showing. Talent hot bed Ft Wayne, Indiana was represented on Saturday by DB Lawrence Barnett and LB Tyquan Hammock. All three players are names to remember.
Look for more news and insight on the players who were in East Lansing this weekend in the near future.
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