Michigan State is looking to add at least one more offensive lineman to the class of 2016, and Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy’s Luke Campbell may have the inside track. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect will make an official visit to MSU this weekend, and he could become a Spartan shortly afterward.
Campbell is already familiar with MSU, as he has visited the campus several times and attended a camp there last summer. I evaluated Campbell at Michigan State’s camp:
“He has offers from Illinois, Purdue, Cincinnati, Air Force and a host of MAC programs. Campbell is one of those players that was 6-foot-5, 245 pounds last fall and now he is 265 pounds. He tested very well for an offensive lineman and was solid in drills. He reminds me of Michigan native Ryan McDonald, who went on the start 48 games for the Fighting Illini.”
Campbell committed to Purdue last summer but re-opened up his recruitment after several schools were able to evaluate his senior film and the progress he has made. His list of scholarship offers now includes MSU, Purdue, Illinois, Syracuse, Maryland, Iowa State, Cincinnati and a host of MAC schools. Campbell’s strong play this fall has not gone unnoticed. In MSU camp last summer, he was an unranked recruit. His stock has steadily risen and Rivals.com now ranks him a high three-star recruit and the No. 40 offensive tackle prospect in the nation for the class of 2016.
Campbell has already taken official visits to Purdue and Iowa State. He is scheduled the visit Maryland next weekend but he could make a decision before that. This close to signing day (Feb. 3), scholarship spots are limited, and Campbell may want to secure his position with the defending Big Ten champs.
The fact that the Spartans are hosting Campbell this weekend is a strong indication of just how much of a priority he is for the coaching staff. Michigan State will have about 15 recruits on campus for official visits, including 10 or more who have already committed to the Spartans. This will be a great opportunity for Campbell to build rapport with his potential future teammates.
Spartans offer New Jersey DT
One of the top recruits in the nation for the class of 2017 will be defensive tackle Fred Hansard of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. The 6-foot-3, 314-pound prospect is already rated one of the top five players in the nation at his position and a Rivals100 recruit. On Wednesday the Spartans extended a scholarship offer to Hansard. Other elite programs that have offered include Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
Hansard is familiar with Michigan State as he took visited campus last fall to see the Spartans take on the Oregon Ducks. Defensive line coach Ron Burton is serving as the primary recruiter of Hansard. The Spartans scored big in New Jersey in 2016 with the commitment of Army All-American Cameron Chambers. Hansard would be a tremendous addition if he does end up in Green and White.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.