National Signing Day: Michigan State

February 1, 2012

B1G Recruiting, MSU Football

Mark Dantonio has a lot of competition for Michigan high school players.

Michigan State advanced to the Big Ten title game and won a thriller of a Bowl Game. But all anybody can talk about is Urban Meyer’s recruiting class. Or Brady Hoke’s.

It’s enough to make a coach angry.

But Mark Dantonio and Michigan State has put together a solid 2012 recruiting class – ranked No. 33 in the nation (well behind the Buckeyes at No. 3 and Michigan at No. 4, but solid nonetheless). And the top of it is fairly heavy in Michigan and Ohio players.

Here is what is expected to happen (Player rankings all via ESPN, with class rankings from and comments from, to even things out):

Commits: 20 (click on this number to see which have signed throughout the day!) ranking: 33 (subject to change)

Five stars: None.

Four stars (4): Monty Madaris, Cincinnati, No. 36 wide receiver; Demetrious Cox, Jeannette, Penn., No. 28 athlete; Aaron Burbridge, Farmington Hills, Mich., No. 44 wide receiver; Ben McGowan, Centerville, Ohio, No. 25 offensive guard.

Three stars (13): Mark Meyers, Toledo, Ohio, No. 27 safety; Josiah Price, Greentown, Ind., No. 78 defensive end; Zach Higgins, Alliance, Ohio, No. 78 offensive tackle; MacGarrett Kings, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., No. 107 wide receiver; Jermain Edmondson Jr., Canton, Ohio, No. 47 cornerback; Kyle Kerrick, Coatesville, Penn., No. 112 wide receiver; Riley Bullough, Traverse City, Mich., No. 37 safety; Tyler O’Connor, Lima, Ohio, No. 58 quarterback; Jamal Lyles, Lathrup Village, Mich., No. 98 outside linebacker; Nick Tompkins, Snellville, Ga., No. 73 running back; Kodi Kieler, Gibralter, Mich., No. 127 offensive tackle; Esra Robinson, Sarasota, Fla., No. 72 cornerback; and David Fennell, Portland, Ore., No. 107 defensive tackle.

Summary: I would have bet any amount of money that MacGarrett Kings from Fort lauderdale was a wide receiver. Some things are just meant to be.

What they’re saying: “The Spartans picked up a big commitment Sunday night in wide receiver Monty Madaris and have a chance to close with a couple more late additions.” –

Video to give you something to look forward to:


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