Mark Dantonio had a rewarding weekend when the Michigan State Spartans landed two recruits that they had high on their wish list.
The first is a high-motored DT with an engine that never turns off.Â David Fennell is a 6â€™3 Â½â€ energizer bunny who is a punishing force inside.Â He is a rare combination of brunt force trauma and excellent ability.Â He is from Portland, Oregon and weighs in at 281#.
Fennellâ€™s father (DavidÂ Fennell, Sr.)Â is a legendary Canadian Football League star on defense and did not get the publicity of some lesser talented DTâ€™s because he didnâ€™t get the exposure having just started playing football in America.Â He is from Canada.
He had drawn interest from several top flight programs, but that lack of USA exposure early ended up benefiting MSU.Â Several people equate the Spartans getting Fennell to their having picked Kevin Pickelman who was a MAC TE prospect when the Spartans noticed his talent and ability on the DL.Â That isnâ€™t a very accurate description.
Pickelman didnâ€™t have the technique or DT talent anywhere close to Fennell at this point.Â He is much farther along.Â What he does have is a work ethic like Pickelman and that is a good thing.
Check out the film on Fennell when you CLICK RIGHT HERE.
The other commitment for MSU was S Mark Meyers.Â This young man has great vision, great hitting skills that make him a punisher over the middle and tough.Â He has great hands, but the All Ohio Player didnâ€™t have monster INT stats because people wouldnâ€™t throw his way.Â He has a nice frame, 6'1" and 194#.
The Spartans really liked Meyers and tabbed him as a top tier recruit early in the process.Â A super kid with a high character, through hard work and dedication he was able to excel academically to earn a scholarship.
One of the bright things about Meyers is that although school has not beenÂ the easiet thing in the world for him, he is committed to it and Pat Narduzziâ€™s continual recruiting of the young man and focus on school impressed him.Â In the end when people were confident grades were not an issue he had his pick of several great schools, but the Spartans constant communication and emphasis on school won him over.
One BCS head coach who I am close friends with told me last night, â€œI think Mark (Dantonio) got not a good player, but a super player and kid.Â He is an immediate threat in that system they run in East Lansing.â€
Watch the film of Meyers WHEN YOU CLICK RIGHT HERE.
So the Spartans now have 16 commitments for the 2012 class.Â There are several other players that are close to pulling the trigger on their choices.Â National letter of intent signing day is February 1, 2012.
The Spartans could very well sit at 16 total commits for this class (the current number) or that number could rise as high as 22.Â We shall see, but one thing we do know is that Mark Dantonioâ€™s recruiting prowess is already proven and the Spartans have done a great job stockpiling talent.
Here is the complete list of current MSU commits for the 2012 class:
Â 1. Benny McGowan OL Dayton, OH
2. Riley Bullough LB Traverse City, MI
3. Zach Higgins OT Alliance, OH
4. Evan Jones TE West Lafayette, OH
5. Tyler O'Connor QB Lima, OH
6. Kyle Kerrick WR Coatesville, PA
7. Jamal Lyles OLB Detroit, MI
8. Josiah Price TE Greentown, IN
9. Nick Tompkins RB Snellville, GA
10. McGarrett Kings WR Fort Lauderdale, FL
11. Aaron Burbridge WR Farmington Hills, MI
12. Jermaine Edmondson S Canton, OH
13. Kodi Kieler OT Rockwood,MI
14. Ezra Robinson, CB Sarasota, FL
15. Mark Meyers S Toledo, OH
16. David Fennell DT Portland, OR