May 22, 2010
Spartan targets: RB talent runs deep
Michigan State is looking to add a running back to the class of 2011. The Midwest has plenty of quality prospects that would make an excellent addition to the Green and White. Spartanmag.com looks at a few of the players who could move to the forefront as far as running back recruiting.
Melvin Gordon of Bradford High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Ht: 6-foot-0, Wt: 185-pounds, 40-4.5 seconds
Gordon is considered by some to be the top prospect in the state of Wisconsin for the class of 2011. The Badgers, who historically like bigger backs, apparently project Gordon more as a defensive back prospect. Spartan running back coach Brad Salem is recruiting Gordon for the Spartans had likes him as a running back. Gordon hopes to make a trip to East Lansing this summer. The Iowa Hawkeyes could be the team to beat.
Justice Hayes of Grand Blanc High School, Michigan
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 185-pounds, 40-4.44 seconds
Hayes is one of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 201 and has a lengthy list of scholarship offers. He has narrowed his list of schools don to a manageable 6 schools, which included Michigan State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Northwestern, Tennessee and Iowa. The Irish are making a strong push, but are in on several other high-level running backs. Northwestern is hoping to ring the bell at Grand Blanc again after land WR Tony Jones last year.
[/db]Mikail McCall[/db] of Thornridge High School, Dolton, Illinois
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 210-pounds, 40-4.55 seconds
McCall is a powerful running back with the speed to go the distance. Michigan State was the first school to offer McCall and now several other Big Ten schools have followed suit, such as Illinois, Minnesota Purdue and Wisconsin. McCall has told SpartanMag.com that Michigan State is one of his top choices and plans to visit campus this summer. McCall has clocked several sub 11.0 100M this spring which is impressive for someone his size.
Vernard Roberts of Dunbar High School, Washington D.C.
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 175-pounds, 40-4.5 seconds
Roberts is an interesting prospect due to the fact that he has a twin brother, Vance that is also getting looked at by multiple BCS programs as a defensive back. Several schools have offered both brothers, but so far the Spartans have only offered Vernard. Various reports have stated that the brother would like to play together in college, though Vernard has also stated that the Spartans are his top choice. Roberts recently won the RB MVP award at the Blacksburg NIKE Camp.
Remound Wright of Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Ht: 5-foot-9, Wt: 190-pounds, 40-4.45 seconds
Of all the running backs listed above, Wright was the most prolific of the bunch as far as statistics go. He rushed for over 2000-yards last year. Many have speculated that Wright is a Notre Dame lean, but the Irish are slow-playing him and the fact that they just offered RB Jameel Poteat is a solid indication that Wright is not plan A at this point for Coach Kelly. Wright was the RB MVP at the Columbus NIKE Camp and plans to visit Michigan State sometime this summer.
Mike Caputo of West Allegheny High School Imperial, Pennsylvania
Ht: 6-foot-1, Wt: 195-pounds, 40-4.5 seconds
Michigan State has not had a strong presence in Western Pennsylvania for almost 2 decades. In fact, they have actually signed many more players from Eastern PA than Western PA during that time period. Breaking that trend with a player like Caputo would be a big coup. Caputo is an elite strong safety prospect,. However, he is also a heck of a running back and if the Spartans are looking for a hard-nosed runner, Caputo could be a great fit. Caputo rushed for over 2500-yards as a junior.
Team to watch:
The Iowa Hawkeyes: Michigan State and Iowa have both offered several of the same players. The two schools could have a direct impact on each other deepening on who they sign. If the Hawkeyes get a commitment from one of the above, it could bode well for the Spartans with another prospect and vice versa.
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