April 8, 2009

2010 in-state class shaping up to be a great one

Many have wondered just how good the class of 2010 will be in the state of Michigan. If the amount of early scholarship offers extended are any indication, it could a better year than 2009. Both the Spartans and Wolverines have already offered and landed top 10 in-state prospects, but recruiting is just starting to heat up. SpartanMag.com takes a look.

Last year Rivals.com ranked a total of 11 in-state prospects as 4-star recruits. As of right now the state of Michigan has only 6 players listed a s 4-star recruits, but that number should increase as word gets out about the talent of some of the states top playrs for next fall. It is every possible that by the time signing day rolls around in February, Michigan will have more players rated as 4-star, top 250 recruits than it did last year.

  • The big mover:

    DE C.J. Olaniyan of Warren Mott High School

    Spartanmag.ocm included Olaniyan on out top ten list back wne he had zero scholarship offers. He now has double-digit offers and every school in the Big ten is courting the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect. Olaniayn should ntoonly be a 4-star recruit, he should get top 100 consideration.

  • The top sleeper:

    WR Tony Jones of Grand Blanc High School

    The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jones already has 9 scholarship offers on the table including Michigan State, Iowa, Indian and Northwestern. As a junior he torched defenses with 69 catches for 1.065 yards and 7 touchdowns. Jones looks ot be the top wide receiver prospect in Michigan for the class sof 2010.

  • Not getting his due:

    RB Austin White of Livonia Stevenson High School.

    Spartan fans have known about White for almost two years. Despite early scholarship offers from Michigan State and Michigan , he was the glaring omission on the first edition of the Rivals 250.Much if the Big Ten has now followed suit with offers and LSU just threw their hat in the ring on Monday.

  • Don't count out:

    ATH Tony Lippett of Detroit Crockett

    Lippett is listed as a quarterback in the rivals.com database,but that may not end up being where he plays in college. Lippett is a legit 6-foot-3, 185-pounds and runs a 4.5. He could play wide receiver or even safety in college. Lippett out-performed numerous WR with BCS offers at a recent 7-on-7 tourney.

    Click the link below to see an early list of the top prospect in Michigan

    Additional Recruiting Notes:

    Ohio Ol to check out MSU: Ohio is loaded with quality OL prospects and one of the best is Travis Jackson of DeSales High School in Columbus. The Spartan are turning up the heat of the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect and an offer could come in the near future. Jackson will be visiting the Spartan later this week to check out a practice and meet with the staff. Coach Mike Tressel serves as the primary recruiter of Jackson for Michigan State.

    Another OL to keep an eye on: Another rOhio Ol that is interested in the spoartsn is 6-foot-4, 277-pound Justin Stumph of St. Charles High School In Westervilel Ohio. Stumph has 4 offers on tehtabek right now, but he has yet to make the recruiting rounds. Stumph has been invite to numerous junior day and spring practices, including MSU. Don't be surprised if he is in East lansing for the 1-Day Elite prospect campo held this summer.

    Wide Receiver closing on on offer: Head Coach Mark Dantonio likes big wide receivers that can make big plays. One of the best in the Midwest at doing that is 6-foot-5, 195-pound Charles Torwudzo of Brownsburh High School in Indiana. Torwudzon already has offers from both Purdue and Indiana. Michigan State and Illinois are schools to watch here. YTeh illini just had him on campus. Look fo his stock to increase significantly.

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