July 12, 2009

SpartanMag.com's Summer Camp Notes


It was a beautiful July Day in East Lansing and Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff welcomed well over 200 college football prospects on campus for a day of camp. SpartanMag.com has some notes on the camp and the impact it will have on Spartan's recruiting efforts for 2010 and beyond.

In-State talent on display:
Many of the state's best un-committed prospects were on hand showcasing their skills for the Spartan staff as well as improving their game.

  • Cass Tech star Dior Mathis was one of the standouts that was on hand. His play at defensive back spot only served to solidify his lofty rankings.
  • Wide receiver Tony Jones of Grand Blanc showed why he has over a dozen scholarship offers. His route running and ability to go up and get the ball was impressive
  • Big Carl Davis of Sterling Height Stevenson was able to work with Defensive Lien Coach Ted Gill. Davis was offered after attending camp a few weeks ago and was back to improve his game and learn more about MSU
  • Brother Rice standout Kevonte Martin-Manley simply does everything well. The Warrior standout is physical wide receiver with good hands. More teams should be after him.
  • Detroit Renaissance linebacker Ishmael Thomas was working with Linebacker Coach Mike Tressel on his game. Thomas has a solid offer list and is being evaluated by MSU.
  • Linebacker Gabe Martin of Grand Blanc did nothing to hurt his stock with a solid showing. Martin should be on the radar of several Big Ten schools. He has the ability of play at that level.
  • Cornerback Wayne Pettus may not be the biggest player, but he loves to lock up on wide receivers and pound for pound is competitive as they come. MAC teams need to be all over him.
    Glenville represents:
    The big name Glenville starts were in attendance as Latwan Anderson, Christian Bryant and Jayrone Elliott were all showing whey they are high-level recruits for the class of 2010. For as impressive as they were, what may have been more significant is the underclass contingent of Glenville players. Look for more on the Glenville players from SpartanMag.com Editor Jim Comparoni. The Glenville talent stream is as strong as ever and Michigan State would love to tap into it in 2010 and beyond.
    The Class of 2011:
    What may have been the most impressive aspect of the day was the amount of high-level underclass prospect that were eon campus. Close to a hundred of the top players in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario were on campus on Saturday. Many of the players had standout performances. SpartanMag.com learned earlier today that Doran Grant of Akron Saint Vincent-Saint Mary's picked up a verbal scholarship offer after his performance on Saturday
    The subject of who is the best player in Michigan for the class of 2011 is going to be a hotly debated topic over the coming months. Detroit Renaissance linebacker Lamar Thomas and Saginaw wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett are both elite level guys. Right now SpartanMag.com would say you could call the co-#1's.
    Testament to that thinking could be found from Coach Antoine Edwards from Renaissance High School who praised Arnett for his playmaking ability. Ralph Arnett, the older brother of DeAthony also had nothing but accolades for Thomas and his ability.
    Kudos for the camp:
    The best part of the camp is that the 250+ kids that were there not only improved, but got lots of exposure. The Spartan staff took time out to introduce the campers to college coaches from all over the region. The majority of player there will not play in the Big Ten, but on Saturday they got evaluated by multiple coaches from every level of football and improved their chances of playing football while continuing their education


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