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Michigan State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Tate Hallock.

Legacy alert! Hallock (6'3/185) is the son of former Spartans FB Ty Hallock, whom the Lions selected in the seventh round of the 1993 draft. His older brother also currently plays linebacker for MSU. Zooming in to the current pledge, this particular member of the Hallock family is a versatile athletic piece capable of playing wide receiver, linebacker or safety. He's far from settled in terms of his position, but that should clarify over the next year-plus as he readies for his move to East Lansing.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 23 - 2:39 PM

Michigan State senior WR Felton Davis III's target, reception, yard and touchdown marks from 2017 are all in the top-five of returning Big Ten receivers (minimum 28 targets).

Doffing the cap to Pro Football Focus with this one. Davis (6'4) logged a 55-776-9 receiving line last season. All of those numbers are sharp, most notably the touchdown tally -- he's second among returning Big Ten wideouts in that category. We expect Michigan State to field a rock-solid offensive unit for the coming campaign, headlined by the triumvirate of Davis, QB Brian Lewerke and RB LJ Scott.
Jun 22 - 2:49 PM

Michigan State hired Central Michigan ST coordinator Shayne Graham to serve as a special teams intern.

Graham got his feet wet in the coaching game with his position on Central Michigan's staff last season, that coming after he called it quits on an NFL career which spanned 15 years. Michigan State should serve as a palatable destination to learn on the job under an experienced Power 5 staff.
Jun 7 - 3:54 PM

Athlon Sports named Michigan State sophomore CB Josiah Scott to the preseason third-team All-Big Ten squad.

Scott (5'10/170) is looking to build on a 2017 season in which he posted 30 tackles, an interception and nine passes defended while starting 12 of 13 games as a true freshman. The lone contest he did not appear in -- versus Maryland -- was due to an injury concern. Former four-star recruit Scott picked up Freshman All-America honors from ESPN at the end of the campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 5 - 4:11 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Julian Barnett.

Barnett (6'1/185) was also considering Ohio State heavily, and the talented wideout had offers from schools like Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia; as well. He's considered a top prospect as a cornerback on top of being a wideout, but it's the latter he'll likely play at Michigan State. Reports say that Barnett tracks the ball well in the air, and that he's a physical player who can help as a blocker on top of making plays with the ball in his hands.
May 21 - 5:03 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Michigan State four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Dwan Mathis to Arizona State QB Manny Wilkins.

"Good size and stature as both players are not only good athletes but good passers, too. As with Wilkins, Mathis has a high upside to develop as a dangerous RPO threat," Luginbill writes. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder initially committed to the Spartans last September and has not budged off that pledge in the intervening months. ESPN ranks Mathis as the No. 298 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
May 17 - 3:02 PM

Mlive.com's Matt Wenzel forwards Michigan State redshirt sophomore WR Cam Chambers as a prime candidate to make noise in the receiving rotation this fall.

"Chambers spent the offseason breaking down film of the entire offense and learning all three receiver positions," Wenzel writes. Michigan State co-OC Dave Warner took positive note of the 6-foot-2, 215-pound redshirt sophomore's work this spring and Chambers should be able to push for real playing time behind starting receivers Felton Davis, Darrell Stuart Jr. and Cody White. The transfers of Trishton Jackson and Hunter Rison this offseason have opened up a bit of breathing room on the depth chart behind the aforementioned starters. In his initial active campaign with the Spartans in 2017, Chambers caught five passes for 66 yards.
Source: mlive.com
May 16 - 4:34 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore C Matt Allen has emerged as the leading contender to take over for former C Brian Allen.

Allen (6'3/296) is the younger brother of former MSU starting centers Brian Allen and Jack Allen. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 7 center prospect in the country coming out of high school in the winter of 2016. While he took part in a mere 48 snaps last season, coaches and teammates were impressed with his work in the sprig and his lack of more extensive experience doesn't figure to be too much of a hurdle. Presumably, Michigan State will have to look outside the Allen family for their starting center at some point in the future.
Source: mlive.com
May 16 - 3:40 PM

Michigan State and Western Kentucky have agreed to a contest for Oct. 2, 2021.

The game will be played in East Lansing and will mark the first time in which the two programs have squared off on the gridiron. The Hilltoppers are going to have a few fun non-conference games ahead of them in the coming years. In addition to this showdown with the Spartans, the team announced on Thursday a future road date with Alabama, set to be played on Sept. 16, 2023.
May 11 - 12:36 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from 2018 three-star WR Jalen Nailor, who had previously been committed to Arizona State.

Nailor had previously been committed to the Sun Devils, but decommitted after former HC Todd Graham was let go. He also had offers from Nebraska, Colorado and Wisconsin, among others. He ranks as the 106th best wideout on 247 Sports composite ranking, and the eighth best player from Nevada in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
May 9 - 12:29 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DE Adam Berghorst.

Berghorst had offers from essentially the entire Big Ten, but was also reportedly considering Kentucky, Boston College and Notre Dame. This was viewed as a head-to-head battle, howevever, between Michigan State and Michigan. The former wins. At 6-foot-7, 245-pounds, Berghorst has a tremendous frames, and his long arms should make him an excellent puncher as a pass-rusher. He ranks 35th overall in defensive ends in the 2019 prep class on 247 Sports list, and 14th among prospects in Michigan.
May 1 - 12:44 PM

Rams selected Michigan State C Brian Allen with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Allen (6’1/300) made 38 starts for the Spartans – 16 at left guard, 17 at center, and five at right guard – and earned second-team All-Big Ten in each of his final three seasons. A lowly sixth-percentile athlete, Allen’s calling cards are tenacity, work ethic, and effort, all traits his older brother Jack possessed coming out of Michigan State, but haven’t earned Jack NFL playing time through two seasons. An overachiever, Brian is at a skill-based competitive disadvantage he’ll have to overcome on sheer will.
Apr 28 - 12:45 PM

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is "leaving the door open" for graduate OLB Jon Reschke to remain with the program in 2018.

After declaring he would transfer prior to the 2017 season, Reschke underwent ACL surgery and was unable to find a suitable new landing spot. Reschke originally wanted to transfer due to an "insensitive and totally regrettable" comment made regarding a former teammate. Dantonio said, "I’ve talked to our football team about it, that’s our football team’s decision on that one." When he was fully healthy in 2015, Reschke recorded 75 tackles and two sacks. If he is allowed to return and at full health, he could carve out a significant role on the Spartans defense.
Apr 27 - 11:25 AM

Michigan State redshirt senior DB Jalen Watts-Jackson will transfer as a graduate.

Watts-Jackson (5'11/192) will forever have a place in Spartans lore, as he was the young man who infamously ran back a blocked punt for a walk-off touchdown against Michigan in the autumn of 2015. Alas, he also injured his hip on that play and would not play again during the campaign after undergoing surgery to repair the health concern. While he did have his moment in the sun versus the Wolverines, Watts-Jackson ultimately ends his Michigan State career having registered a mere eight tackles. Moving on as a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately during the coming campaign once he settles on his next home.
Mar 28 - 3:02 PM

Michigan State sophomore RB Connor Heyward is expected to serve as LJ Scott's backup in 2018.

Heyward (6'0/228) didn't get a chance to touch the ball much on offense last year, but he did return 20 kicks for 438 years as a freshman in 2017. The son of former NFL tailback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Connor was a three-star tailback who also had offers from schools like Iowa, Maryland and Georgia Tech. It's entirely possible he'll be the starter who takes over for Scott in 2019.
Mar 8 - 2:57 PM


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