June 20, 2011

Spartan Camp Hotlist

This past weekend Michigan State held camp session on both Friday and Saturday. SpartanMag.com was able to observe the players that attended the camp and we put together our HOT LIST of top performers.

Note: We did not include players in the 7-on7 portion in our camp Hot List

  • TE Josiah Price of Eastern High School, Indiana

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: Price had an outstanding performance at the camp. He is a solid 6-foot-4, 240-pounds and moves well. He has excellent body control and is not afraid to be physical. In my opinion he was the player without an offer that made the biggest statement with his performance.

    BREAKING NEWS: Price was offered while we were writing this piece.

  • RB Alden Hill of Marlington High School, Ohio

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: Hill had a strong showing at camp and is definitely in a position to earn a Spartan offer. What we liked about him is that he showed quick feet at a solid 220-pounds. He is not just a powerback, he has some make you miss ability which is enhanced due to him being able to run over tacklers.

  • OT Steve Elmer of Midland High School, Michigan

    Status: Uncommitted, offered

    Notes: The class of 2013 prospect showed why he is picking up BCS offers at an impressive clip. Elmer footwork and technique are way ahead of the average 16-year old. Throw in the fact that he has almost a perfect frame for the tackle position and you have a future 4 or even 5-star prospect

  • OG Zach Higgins of Marlington High School, Ohio

    Status: Spartan Commitment

    Notes: Higgins struggled in the pass protection drills, but it did not diminish the fact that he has excellent footwork and when he locks into a defender he is strong drive blocker. Higgins looked very good in the drill portion of camp, so it is just a matter of developing those skills.

  • TE Evan Jones[db] of Ridgewood High School, Ohio

    Status: Spartan Commitment

    Notes: Jones had a good day that the Spartan camp. He has a solid frame at 6-foot-5, 240-pounds and should be able to carry 250-255-pounds with no problem. He showed good hands on several plays, by going down to snag some ball and catching a few over his shoulder.

  • LB [db]Riley Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High School, Michigan

    Status: Spartan Commitment

    Notes: SpartanMag.com felt confident that Bullough would do well at LB, but he exceeded our expectations as far as how quickly and natural he looks out there. It really should not be a surprise considering his genes. Bullough will definitely be moving up our in-state rankings.

  • OL/DL Brian Allen of Hinsdale Central High School, Illinois

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: The 2014 prospect came in with an Iowa offer and you can be sure Michigan State will extend a scholarship at some point. Allen could play on either line as his quickness and leverage will serve him well. He is currently 6'1 250, but should end up being just as big if not bigger that his brother.

  • OL Daron Brown of Mumford High School, Michigan

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: Brown may have had the best performance of someone who still is long-shot to get a Spartan offer. He is very raw, but he shows flashes of someone who can be a BCS player. Brown needs to re-shape his body some. He picked up multiple MAC offers shortly after camp.

  • LB Luke Roberts of Lancaster High School, Ohio

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: Roberts and Mason Monheim both had strong days, but we went with Roberts based on the fact that he projects more as an inside linebacker at the next level. Roberts moves well and was able to break down well on many of the small/quick running backs in drills.

  • DB Leviticus Payne of Southfield-Lathrup High School

    Status: Uncommitted, not offered

    Notes: Payne played safety and cornerback at camp and it was obvious the Spartans were looking at him closely. We thought he looked better at safety on Saturday, the question is does he have the size to hold up at that spot in a conference like the Big Ten.

    Additional Notes:

    Several other players performed well and enhanced their recruiting stock. Defensive back prospects Antonio Johnson of Shaker Heights, Ohio and James Turner of Fairfield, Ohio performed very well. As we stated above, Mason Monheim is a good looking linebacker that did nothing to hurt his chances. Vontrell Williams of Mount Carmel High School in Illinois was working out with Coach Ted Gill and he is definitely on the board at defensive tackle. A few other names of players who we thought performed well:

    WR Joe Prokes of Traverse City Saint Francis, Michigan
    QB Matt Hoyer of St Ignatius, Ohio
    WR Devon Bzoskie of Lakeview South, Minnesota
    WR Tres Barksdale of Solon, Ohio
    QB Cooper Rush of Lansing Catholic, Michigan
    LB Tyler Gobel of Plymouth, Michigan
    DE Mitchell Winters of Our Lady of Mt Caramel, Canada

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