With 20 verbal commitments, Michigan State does not have a lot of scholarship room left for the class of 2016. The staff did however recently offer a player they see as someone who would be an excellent fit for the offense, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin’s Albert Okwuegbunam.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Okwuegbunam is rated the No. 58 athlete recruit in the nation and the No. 15 player in Illinois for the class of 2016 by Rivals.com. In addition to MSU, Okwuegbunam also holds offers from Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Indiana and Iowa. Okwuegbunam has 17 scholarship offers all together.
The Spartans see Okwuegbunam as someone who could start as a big wide receiver and then grow into the role as a pass-catching tight end. He has the frame to carry 20 to 25 more pounds and play at close to 245 pounds without losing much speed. As a junior, Okwuegbunam had 27 catches for 480 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping Sacred Heart Griffin win the Illinois Class 5A title.
“They are definitely a strong interest of mine,” Okweuegbunam said of MSU to Rivals Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt. “The success they’ve had academically and on the football field, that really puts them high in my mind.”
Okwuegbunam is hoping to make his college decision later this fall after he is able to visit some of his top choices again. He informed me that he is planning on traveling back to East Lansing during September for the game against Oregon.
Detroit OL still considering MSU
One of the top uncommitted players in the state of Michigan for the class of 2016 is Detroit Renaissance offensive tackle Alaric Jackson. The 6-7, 285-pound is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 58 offensive tackle prospect in the nation for the class of 2016. Jackson’s recently informed Rivals.com that MSU, Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue and Rutgers are the schools he is most familiar with.
Jackson has only been playing football for a year because of his previous focused on basketball. He is extremely athletic for someone his size and is working on learning the proper techniques to play offensive tackle. Many schools are looking forward to see how he has progressed now that he is focused on playing college football.
Jackson plans on taking several official visits this fall before he makes a college decision. The Spartans are tight on scholarships for the class of 2016, but if they have Jackson and his family on campus for an official visit, you can be sure he is a player that Mark Dantonio wants in Green and White.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.