Recruiting: Saginaw Swan Valley RB Alex Grace to camp at Michigan State, his 'dream' school

Recruiting: Saginaw Swan Valley RB Alex Grace to camp at Michigan State, his 'dream' school


Recruiting: Saginaw Swan Valley RB Alex Grace to camp at Michigan State, his 'dream' school


One of the most intriguing prospects in Michigan for the class of 2015 is Saginaw Swan Valley running back Alex Grace. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect had a record-breaking junior season and is on the radar of several BCS teams, including Michigan State.

Last fall, Grace ripped opposing defenses for a state-record 2,952 yards in just 12 games (246 per contest). He averaged over 10 yards a carry and scored 36 touchdowns while leading Swan Valley to an 11-1 record. Even against quality programs like Saginaw Nouvel and Lansing Sexton, Grace rushed for over 200 yards in each game.

Many running backs have put up huge numbers in high school, but what makes Grace different is his combination of size and speed. In addition to his quality size, he is also one of the fastest players in Michigan for the class of 2015. Last year, Grace ran a 10.75 in the state 100-meter semifinals. This spring, he has clocked a 22.4 in the 200 meters.

Grace was offered a scholarship early in the recruiting process by Central Michigan. Since that time, the Chippewas and several other teams have kept in regular contact with him.

“Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Indiana have all been by school,” Grace said. “Michigan State has kept in contact, I have spoken with Coach (Harlon) Barnett and Coach (Curtis) Blackwell. I also just got a had written letter from Coach Nuss (Doug Nussmeier) from Michigan. I will be camping at Michigan State on June 1. I will also be going to camps at Western, Eastern, University of Michigan and Sound Mind-Sound Body.”

Grace will likely be working at several different positions at the MSU camp. He said he is down in weight because of track, but he plans on being back up around 215 pounds for football this fall. His size and speed means Grace could project running back, safety or outside linebacker at the next level.

Grace made it clear that an MSU scholarship would be tough to pass up.

“That is where I want to play, Grace said. “It is my dream to play at Michigan State. I have loved Michigan State ever since I can remember. It would honestly be the best feeling and the happiest day of my life if I received a scholarship from them.”

D.C. wide receiver to visit MSU

One of the top wide receiver prospects on the MSU recruiting board for the class of 2015 is Washington Gonzaga’s Jabari Greenwood. The 6-3, 188-pound receiver holds over a dozen BCS scholarships including one for the Spartans.

Greenwood recently confirmed that he has been in frequent contact with the MSU staff and will be visiting Eats Lansing soon after school lets out. ranked Greenwood a three-star recruit and the No. 35 wide receiver in the nation for next year.

Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for and


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