Elite programs look to sign a quality quarterback every year. Michigan State is starting to narrow down the focus to a few select signal-callers for the class of 2017. Below is a look at 5 players the staff has been in contact with.
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson’s Chase Brice
Ranking: Rivals.com four-star. No. 6 pro-style quarterback and No. 127 in prospect in the nation overall.
Brice visited MSU for the Oregon game and came away very impressed. “It was great! I really enjoyed my time there. Such a great campus and atmosphere. It’s a special place.” he said. The key with Brice, and all of the out of state quarterback prospects, will be getting them back on campus at a future date.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud’s Jairus Grissom
Ranking: Rivals.com three-star recruit. Currently unranked as far as his position
Grissom has seen his stock rise the past few months and it should continue to do so. Despite not being highly ranked, he already has offers from N.C. State, Minnesota and a host of MAC scholarships. MSU and Notre Dame are both keeping a close eye on his development. Grissom was in East Lansing for the Oregon game and traveled to South Bend for the Georgia Tech game.
Baltimore Gilman’s Kasim Hill
Ranking: Rivals.com three-star recruit. Ranked the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the nation overall.
Hill was offer a scholarship very early by the MSU staff. He camped in East Lansing this summer and had a solid performance. He seems focused more on schools closer to home.
Chandler (Ariz.) Basha’s Ryan Kelley
Ranking: Rivals.com four-star recruit. Ranked the No. 10 pro-style quarterback and No. 164 prospect in the nation overall.
The Spartans offered Kelley earlier this summer and his stock has taken off over the past six months. MSU had a lot of success recruiting Arizona in 2015 and would like to see that happen again. The majority of Pac-12 teams have already offered Kelley. The key for MSU could be getting him and his family to check out the Spartans over Thanksgiving for Penn State game.
Davis Mills of Greater Atlanta Christian High School in Norcross, Georgia
Ranking: Rivals.com four-star recruit. Ranked the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 52 prospect in the nation overall.
Mills is the highest-ranked quarterback on the list. He was recently offered a scholarship after visiting for the Oregon game. One interesting aspect about Mills’ recruitment is that his father attended MSU. Mills has that quick release that coaches love to see. He is also very good at creating big plays after the pocket breaks down. That is a trait that Mark Dantonio cited when he named Connor Cook the starter over Andrew Maxwell in 2013.
Though it is still early in the process, it is highly probable that one of the above players ends up a Spartan. When you consider that 80% of the quarterbacks that have started for MSU under Dantonio end up playing in Sundays, that is a strong selling point. The Spartans’ pro-style offense lends itself very well to how things are done in the NFL. All of the above players have the physical tools the staff likes to see.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for Spartanmag.com and Rivals.com.