2012 rewind of the 2009 football recruiting classâ€¦
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chris Norman OLB 6â€™2â€ 210# Detroit, MI Original class rankingÂ #2 Norman comes in again in 2012 as the starting OLB, but he will get pushedÂ for that spot in the spring.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Edwin â€œROCKâ€ Baker RB 5â€™10â€ 200# Oak Park, MI Original class rankingÂ #3 Had a mediocre 2011 season that was marked by fumbling issues.Â He left after the 2011 season to enter the NFL draft.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Denicos Allen OLB 5â€™11â€ 215# Hamilton, OH Original class rankingÂ #8 Denicos emerged as one of the stars of the 2011 defense and should be a pre season all Big Ten selection when those come out in the fall.Â A fantastic football player, he is star.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Andrew Maxwell QB 6â€™3â€ 196# Midland, MI Original class rankingÂ #1 Maxwell is the real deal.Â Accurate and smart, he has a cannon of an arm and has all of the tools.Â Has wowed in practice and my ONLY concern with him is that he should have got more meaningful reps during the season.Â He is the starter heading into the spring and the single biggest failure of the 2011 season was the fact he got so few reps.
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dan France 6â€™6â€ 275# DE North Royalton, OH Original class rankingÂ #14 France has been moved all over in an attempt to get him on the field.Â He found his spot as the starting LT in 2011.Â He will have competition to keep the job in 2012, but has emerged already as one of the stars of his class.Â
6.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Larry Caper RB 5â€™11â€ 215# Battle Creek, MI Original class rankingÂ #6 Larry Caper didnâ€™t get a lot of meaningful reps in 2011.Â With the emergence of LeVeon BellÂ and the loss of Baker he will enter 2012 as the second RB, but NEVER count out this hard working and super young man.
7.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Blake Treadwell DT 6â€™3â€ 270# East Lansing, MI Original class rankingÂ #5 Tready was the starting C when the 2011 season kicked off, but lost that job with a season ending injury.Â Should compete for starting RG in 2012
8.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dion Sims TE 6â€™5â€ 224# Orchard Lake, MI Original class rankingÂ #7 Dion returned in 2011, but was hampered by injury.Â He has all the tools to be special and will be the #1 TE in 2012.
9.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Denzel Drone 6â€™2â€ 230# DE Plant City, FL Original class rankingÂ #15 DroneÂ is a hard worker, and a very good player.Â Unfortunately for him he has a lot of talent ahead of him on the depth chart, but is a very good player.
10.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bennie Fowler WR 6â€™2â€ 180# Detroit, MI Original class rankingÂ #18 Fowler has been hampered with a foot injury.Â If he returns where he was he becomes the playmaker on this team and starts.Â A super talent that only an injury could hold back.
11.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Kevin Muma K 6â€™ 170# Troy, MI Original class rankingÂ #12Â A super kid, who has struggled to get the ball inside the five, let alone the endzone.Â With Muma we KNOW he can do it, now he has to be consistent and do it.Â I think he will, but I do expect him to be pushed for his starting spot all spring and fall.
12.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Micajah Reynolds OG 6â€™5â€ #313 Lansing, MI Original class rankingÂ #19 Reynolds is back on the DL and is getting better everyday.Â He has been tossed back and forth from DL to OL, but not because he lacks talent.Â In fact it is the opposite.Â Has battled some health issues, but should stay with the DL now.Â Well liked by the coaches, Reynolds should see the field in a meaningful way in 2012
13.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jairus Jones 6â€™2â€ 210# S Tampa, FL Original class rankingÂ #13 Hampered by injury Jones will be back in 2012 and if he comes back where he left, expect him to be in the mix for the MSU two deep for sure and possibly a starters role in 2012.
14.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jeremy Gainer OLB 6â€™1â€ 213# Detroit, MI Original class rankingÂ #9 Gainer is another example of a very good talent who is struggling to find the field for meaningful reps with so much talent on the roster.Â In the past at MSU when young men couldnâ€™t see the field it was because they lacked talent.Â Now that has nothing to do with it.
15.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Henry Conway OT 6â€™6â€ 305# Shaker Heights, OH Original class rankingÂ #11 Conway was on the fast track to being a starting OT at MSU until he suffered a neck injury.Â Cleared to return, 2011 was a chance to get his feet under him again, but I fully expect him to compete for a starting spot and push the returning starting OTâ€™s from 2011.
16.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nate Klatt CENTER 6â€™4â€ 292# Canal Fulton, OH Original class rankingÂ #10 Klatt has had injuries that have hampered him, but is a solid back up on the OL and is another very good player looking for a shot.
17.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Corey Freeman DE 6â€™3â€ 235# Cleveland Heights, OH.Â Original class rankingÂ #21 Freeman is primarily a pass rush DE, but will struggle to get meaningful reps in 2012.
18.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dana Dixon 6â€™2â€ 176# S Detroit, MI Original class rankingÂ #16 Dixon is a terrific young man, but has struggled to find a spot.Â With so much DB talent, finding meaningful reps outside of special teams may be a difficult task for the young man.
19.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TyQuan Hammock LB 6â€™1â€ 220# Fort Wayne, IN Original class rankingÂ #17 Hammock is a good football player, that struggled with weight that sent him to FB and then back to LB when it got under control.Â With all the talent MSU has accumulated at LB, again we find another very good talent that outside of special teams that will struggle to see the field for meaningful reps at his position.
20.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Derek Hoebing TE 6â€™6â€ 245# Original class rankingÂ #20 Vermilion, OH Hoebing will have a shot in 2012 with the loss of two very good TEs.Â He has yet to emerge, but 2012 is his chance.
David Barrent OT 6â€™8â€ 293# West Des Moines, IA Still at MSU retired with injury
No Longer with the team:
Patrick White WR 5â€™11â€ 170# Pickerington, OH
Donald Spencer WR 6â€™4â€ 201# Ypsilanti, MI