With the fourth-ranked class in the nation for 2016, Michigan State is putting together an outstanding recruiting class. With the camp season coming to an end, many of the future Spartans have been able to showcase their skills in front of college coaches and recruiting analysts. Many of the highly ranked prospects have shown that their rankings are well deserved while some of the lower ranked players made it known that they are underrated.
MSU only has one player of their 20 commitments rated a two-star recruit and that is Berea (Ohio) linebacker Joe Bachie. That ranking may not last long based on what Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt saw from the future Spartan at Michigan State’s Elite Player Camp.
“Stock Rising: The Michigan State one-day elite camp on June 13 was our first time seeing Bachie since junior film, and the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker looked like a different player,” Helmholdt said. “It is obvious he has spent time in the weight room and redeveloped his body. An additional benefit is that he was moving with more explosion and quickness than we saw on junior film.
“Bachie had mid-major offers until about mid-spring and that is the level we saw him projecting to off of junior film. Michigan State was his first Big Ten offer and he accepted it pretty much on the spot. Based on what we saw from Bachie at the Spartans’ camp, additional Power Five offers were likely on the way, but Michigan State’s early diligence here landed him before his stock took off.”
Robertson wins championship
Future Spartan defensive end Auston Robertson helped his AWP (Athletes With Purpose) team win the IMG 7-on-7 national championship in Bradenton, Fla. Seven-on-seven usually is not the place where 6-5, 250-pound players excel, but Robertson is a unique athlete for his size. He was cited as one of the top performers at the event by Rivals.com.
“Robertson, who is listed in the Rivals.com database as a defensive end, played linebacker on Sunday and played it particularly well,” said Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy. “His long arms and thick frame took away the middle of the field. Robertson carries decent size (6-5, 250) and still manages to cover well in space, as he looks smooth moving laterally.”
Opening up next
The next opportunity for future Spartans to showcase their skills is at the The Opening present by Nike. The event features the players that had the top performances at the regional Nike camps held across the country. MSU commits Messiah deWeaver (QB) and Mike Panasiuk (DE) were selected. The Opening will run from July 7-10 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.