Multiple players committed to Michigan State made a move up the Rivals.com position rankings and that has vaulted the Spartans up the team rankings. Three players who were previously three-star recruits were bumped up to four-stars.
DT Panasiuk moves into Rivals 250
MSU defensive tackle commit Mike Panasiuk of Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School not only received a fourth star, he moved into the Rivals250. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Panasiuk.
“The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Panasiuk has always been one of the strongest prospects in the 2016 class, but his move to four-stars and into the Rivals250 was due to showing as a senior that he is more than a space-eater in the middle,” Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “The Michigan State commit displayed a level of athleticism we had not seen from him earlier and proved he can get after the quarterback.”
Jackson and Lyke gets four-star recognition
West Bloomfield wide receiver Trishton Jackson and Palatine (Ill.) Fremd safety Kenney Lyke both received four-star designation from Rivals.com after outstanding play this fall.
“Jackson earned an offer by showing a tremendous pair of hands at its summer camp and committed shortly thereafter,” Helmholdt said. “Although having a slight build on his 6-foot-2 frame, Jackson showed as a senior he can take the punishment by playing quarterback. He is an exceptional route-runner and has outstanding body control.”
The ideal safety prospect has the athleticism and speed to provide range in coverage while also possessing the size and physicality to come up and support the run game. That describes the 6-2, 185-pound Lyke perfectly. An MSU commit, Lyke showed throughout the off-season that he can handle Division I-caliber wide receivers and tight ends in coverage, and senior film showed he can run the alleys and stuff ball carriers.”
The improved rankings of the above recruits also impacts the Rivals.com team rankings. The MSU class of 2016 is currently 13th in the nation and third in the Big Ten behind only Ohio State and Michigan. The Wolverines have a higher ranked class because of more commitments that the Spartans (20 to 18). If you compare the classes based on individual player rankings, the Spartans move ahead of Michigan (3.44 to 3.38), trailing only Ohio State. The Spartans are one of only four teams in the nation with double-digit four-star recruits, along with Ohio State, Florida State and Texas A&M.
Hayes to decide today
All-America linebacker prospect Daelin Hayes of Ann Arbor Skyline High School will make his college choice at 12:30 p.m. today. Hayes is a five-star recruit and the No. 1 prospect in Michigan for the class of 2016.
He has over 40 BCS scholarship offers from coast to coast and has narrowed down his choices to MSU and Notre Dame. Both Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly had in-home visits with Hayes and his family on Monday.
Most believe that the Irish are the team to beat for his services, though the fact that he hosted both coaches means that anything is possible.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for spartanmag.com and rivals.com.