November 22, 2010
Recruiting News: 4-star RB reconsiders
Lots of recruiting news is coming out. Big news on Rivals 100 running back Justice Hayes re-opening his recruitment. Muskegon defensive lineman Damon Knox stops into East Lansing. Is another JUCO prospect on the radar? Find out the latest.
Justice Hayes of Grand Blanc High School re-opens his recruitment:
Many Spartans fans have assumed that Michigan State would be the odds of favorite to land Justice Hayes due to him opening his recruitment back up. While they could be a player, keep in mind that Hayes has stated on several occasions that he would like to play in a spread type of offense.
Many assume that because of that fact Michigan would seem to be the school of choice. That may very well be the case, but keep in mind Northwestern also runs a spread. Northwestern is where hi teammate Tony Jones went last year.
If Hayes takes an official visit to Michigan State I expect the Spartans will be a player, but I think those that assumed that the Spartan are the team to beat in his recruitment are a little bit off at this point.
Keep in mind that Michigan State took a commitment from Mikail McCall prior to the commitment of Hayes to Notre Dame.
DL Damon Knox of Muskegon High School:
Damon Knox is one of the more talented uncommitted players in Michigan for the class of 2011 and he was at Michigan State on Saturday for the Purdue game. The problem is; Knox has grade issues that will make his qualifying very tight. The latest information I have is that Knox has popped a qualifying ACT score, now he just needs to get his GPA to the correct level.
Knox is re-taking several classes as well as taking his regular course load. Whether he qualifies will probably not be known until June. Whether he signs or not in February is still a big question
The smart move for Knox might be to NOT sign with anyone on signing day and then he could see how things play-out. If he then gets qualified he would have several options rather than being locked into one school.
If he is sent a Letter of Intent by Michigan State and signs, I have a feeling the Spartans will have seen his mid-term grades and feel that he is more than likely going to make it.
Another JUCO OL:
SpartanMag.com is working to track down Dan Hear of Iowa Western Community college to see how his visit went. It is possibly that the Michigan tae will be working very hard to add him to the class. The fact that they had Heiar on campus for senior day is a sign that he is a player they really like.
Another JUCO offensive lineman the staff has taken a look at is Zenel Demhasaj of Nassau Community College in New York. Demhasaj is a 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle prospect, but he has missed the 2010 season due to an ACL injury.
The injury makes him a bit of a gamble as he does not have recent film. On the other hand, the ACL injury means he would likely have 3 years to play. He could be a very rare JUCO that has 3.5 years to play 3 as he is expected to graduate in December.
It may be a moot point if the Spartans are able to add Heiar or Matt Williams of North Dakota School of Science, but it is something to keep an eye on.
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