Every year college football fans around the nation wait for National Letter of Intent Signing Day (NLISD) like Christmas. We expect MSU head coach Mark Dantonio to harvest his best crop of recruits yet. He has already proven what he can do with great players and today he will add even more.
Per NCAA rules a student athlete has to fax his letter in. Those will start flowing in after 7:00 AM. MSU has eight early enrollees who will receive scholarships. One young man who arrived this summer but paid his own way is OT Cole Chewins. He is what they call a gray shirt. That simply means you enroll in the summer and get your scholarship starting in the new semester the next calendar year (this past January) so your scholarship technically is counted with that next class.
Other than Chewins who is a big time prospect and projected by Spartan Nation to be a star, here are the bios and information on the other seven players who enrolled early (by choice) in January because they had already graduated early from high school. They are NOT gray shirts. Included in this list is an eighth player. Bradley Robinson is expected to get a scholarship at a further date. He is a long snapper.
Here is the constantly updated list of commitments CLICK RIGHT HERE!
LB • 6-2 • 225 • Brookpark, Ohio
Berea-Midpark High School • Coach Ray Hradek
Primary Recruiter: Jim Bollman
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 27) and 247Sports.com (No. 42) . . . listed among the country’s top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 69) . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) and 247Sports.com (No. 45) . . . named to The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio first team in 2015 . . . three-year starter for Coach Ray Hradek at Berea-Midpark High School in Berea, Ohio . . . led the Titans in tackles (89), tackles for loss (14.5), quarterback hurries (9) and rushing touchdowns (14) as a senior . . . recorded 89 tackles (60 solos, 29 assists) in 2015 . . . also credited with three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles . . . registered at least one tackle for loss in eight games . . . produced double-figure tackles in four games, including a career-best 19 stops vs. Midview (12 solos, 7 assists) . . . posted 11 tackles vs. West Lake (8 solos, 3 assists), including a career-high three for losses . . . made 10 stops vs. Avon (9 solos, 1 assist) and 17 tackles vs. Olmsted Falls (9 solos, 8 assists) . . . accounted for 606 all-purpose yards and 17 TDs as a senior . . . rushed 42 times for 236 yards (5.6 avg.) and a school-record 14 scores . . . had 13 catches for 304 yards (23.4 avg.) and 3 TDs . . . turned in perhaps his best all-around effort vs. North Olmsted, producing 154 all-purpose yards while scoring a school-record six TDs (school-record 5 rushing and 1 receiving) to go along with six tackles, with two resulting in losses including a sack . . . carried 10 times for a career-best 91 yards vs. North Olmsted . . . tallied 93 tackles (62 solos, 31 assists), including 8.5 for losses, and two interceptions as a junior . . . gained 155 yards on 37 attempts (4.2 avg.) and scored 12 rushing TDs in 2014 . . . ran eight times for 62 yards and three scores vs. Steele . . . caught nine passes for 148 yards (16.4 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . recorded more than 100 all-purpose yards in back-to-back games vs. Steele (116) and Avon Lake (101) . . . scored a school-record 33 career rushing TDs . . . also lettered in basketball and baseball for the Titans, earning all-conference honors in both sports as a junior . . . son of Joe and Kristin Bachie . . . born Feb. 26, 1998 . . . plans to major in business.
DANTONIO ON BACHIE:
“Joe Bachie is an outstanding all-around athlete. Joe was the top leader on defense from his inside linebacker position as well as being a major contributor at running back in addition to returning punts. As a junior, he was an all-conference performer on his basketball team. In addition, he was a solid shortstop and an outstanding hitter in baseball. He’s a very tough and intense competitor, who also maintained a better than 3.0 grade-point average. During our summer camp, Joe displayed outstanding explosiveness and jumping ability.”
WR • 6-3 • 203 • Sicklerville, N.J.
Timber Creek Regional High School • Coach Rob Hinson
Primary Recruiter: Terrence Samuel
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation’s top prospects by Rivals.com (No. 106) and 247Sports.com (No. 219) . . . ranked among the nation’s top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 21), 247Sports.com (No. 46), Scout.com (No. 50) and ESPN.com (No. 57) . . . listed among the East’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 36) . . . rated among New Jersey’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 4), 247Sports.com (No. 6) and ESPN.com (No. 9) . . . participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (led East with 5 catches for 36 yards) in San Antonio, Texas . . . named recipient of the 2016 Felix “Doc” Blanchard Award, presented to the U.S. Army All-American who signifies the Army’s high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction . . . three-year starter and three-time all-state selection for Coach Rob Hinson at Timber Creek Regional High School in Sicklerville, New Jersey . . . earned second-team all-state and All-Group 4 honors from NJ.com as a senior . . . also named All-South Jersey in 2015 . . . had 63 receptions for 1,041 yards (16.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior while helping the Chargers (9-3) to the South Jersey Group IV state title . . . ranked fourth in the state in receiving yards and fifth in receptions . . . had five catches for 95 yards, including a 44-yard TD grab, in a 28-24 victory over Shawnee in the South Jersey Group IV Championship Game . . . recorded five 100-yard receiving games in 2015 . . . caught two passes for 106 yards vs. Triton . . . matched his career best with 11 receptions for 144 yards and a score vs. Hammonton . . . had five catches for 128 yards and two TDs vs. Moorestown . . . set season highs for receiving yards (171) and TD catches (3) on 10 receptions vs. Clearview . . . hauled in eight passes for 104 yards vs. Cherokee . . . received third-team all-state honors from NJ.com in 2014 . . . caught 44 passes for 702 yards (16.0 avg.) and seven TDs as a junior . . . posted three 100-yard receiving games in 2014: vs. Winslow Township (3 catches for 105 yards and a TD), vs. Kingsway (6-117-1) and Washington Township (6-111-1) . . . named Sophomore All-American by MaxPreps.com . . . third-team all-state selection in 2013 . . . named first-team All-Group 4 and All-South Jersey as a sophomore . . . became the first sophomore in state history to reach the 1,000-yard receiving milestone in a single season, with 57 receptions for 1,196 (21.0 avg.) and 12 TDs in 2013 . . . produced five 100-yard receiving games as a sophomore . . . had a career-best 11 catches for 130 yards and two scores vs. Shawnee . . . caught seven passes for a career-high 262 yards and three TDs vs. Kingsway . . . had four grabs for 100 yards and two TDs vs. Lenape . . . had seven receptions for 163 yards and three scores vs. Cherry Hill West . . . had five catches for 157 yards and a TD vs. Eastern . . . ranks second in South Jersey history in career receptions (164) and receiving yards (2,939) . . . recorded 13 career 100-yard receiving games . . . son of Chris and Cheryl Chambers . . . born Aug. 17, 1997 . . . father Chris played wide receiver at Temple (lettered in 1986 and ’88) . . . plans to pursue a degree in special education – learning disabilities.
DANTONIO ON CHAMBERS:
“Cam Chambers is a big, strong and fast receiver. At 6-foot-3, 200-plus pounds, Cam is physically imposing on the football field, plus he has the speed to take the ball all the way to the end zone on every catch. He has exceptional ball skills combined with an impressive football IQ. He has a hunger to be the best.”
WR/CB • 6-3 • 185 • Detroit, Mich.
Martin Luther King High School • Coach Dale Harvel
Primary Recruiter: Terrence Samuel
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s prospects by Rivals.com (No. 70), Scout.com (No. 100), 247Sports.com (No. 112) and ESPN.com (No. 276) . . . rated among the country’s top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 14), Scout.com (No. 16), 247Sports.com (No. 19) and ESPN.com (No. 46) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 26) . . . ranked among the state’s top seniors by The Detroit News (preseason No. 1), Detroit Free Press (preseason No. 2), 247Sports.com (No. 2) and ESPN.com (No. 6) . . . participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (had a game-long 39-yard reception for the West) in San Antonio, Texas . . . named one of six finalists for U.S. Army National Player of the Year . . . MaxPreps.com All-American . . . played for Coach Dale Harvel at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . selected MLive Media Group Michigan High School Player of the Year in 2015 . . . had 59 receptions for 1,403 yards (23.8 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior . . . also recorded 90 tackles and 10 interceptions, returning one for a score, as a senior . . . caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores in Martin Luther King’s 40-38 victory over Lowell in the 2015 Division 2 state championship game . . . scored on a 25-yard reception in the third quarter and his 40-yard TD grab as time expired proved to be the game-winner vs. Lowell as the Crusaders finished a perfect 14-0 . . . accounted for 141 all-purpose yards and contributed five tackles in the state title game against the Red Arrows . . . caught 47 passes for 1,087 yards (23.1 avg.) and 18 TDs as a junior . . . posted 11 interceptions in 2014, returning seven for TDs . . . had 23 catches for 466 yards (20.3 avg.) and four TDs as a sophomore . . . son of Donny and Tanica Corley . . . born Feb. 19, 1998 . . . plans to major in business.
DANTONIO ON CORLEY:
“Donnie Corley is a tremendous athlete, with outstanding speed, quickness and agility. Donnie has incredible instincts for the football plus the ball skills to match. At 6-foot-3, his height gives him an advantage against most opponents, and he definitely possesses the speed to pull away from defenders. His recent commitment qualifies this receiving class as possibly the nation’s best. Donnie also possesses outstanding cornerback skills, so our long-term plans include utilizing him on both sides of the football.”
QB • 6-4 • 215 • Huber Heights, Ohio
Wayne High School • Coach Jay Minton
Primary Recruiters: Harlon Barnett & Brad Salem
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation’s top prospects by Rivals.com (No. 180) and 247Sports.com (No. 244) . . . ranked among the country’s top quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 8 pro-style), 247Sports.com (No. 11 pro-style), ESPN.com (No. 19 pocket passer) and Scout.com (No. 21) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 38) . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 5), 247Sports.com (No. 11) and ESPN.com (No. 15) . . . participated in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California . . . Division I All-Southwest District second-team selection in 2015 . . . accounted for 3,088 total yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior for Coach Jay Minton at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio . . . completed 166-of-280 passes (.593) for 2,924 yards, 32 TDs and four interceptions while leading the Warriors to a 14-1 record in 2015 . . . recorded eight 200-yard passing games, including three 300-yard efforts . . . threw at least one TD pass in 13 of 15 games . . . produced back-to-back 300-yard passing games against Reynoldsburg (18 of 29 for 306 yards and 4 TDs) and Springboro (16 of 24 for 315 yards and 3 TDs) . . . connected on 16-of-26 throws for 308 yards and two scores vs. Moeller . . . matched his season high with four TD passes vs. Beavercreek (10 of 18 for 244 yards and 1 INT) . . . rushed 103 times for 164 yards and three TDs as a senior . . . spent three seasons as the starting quarterback at Trotwood-Madison before transferring to Wayne for his senior year . . . participated in the 2015 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Beaverton, Oregon, prior to his senior season . . . accounted for 1,769 total yards and 31 TDs as a junior while earning Division III All-Ohio second-team recognition . . . hit 106-of-213 throws (.498) for 1,604 yards, 24 TDs and nine INTs in 2014 . . . posted two 200-yard passing games: vs. Bellbrook (5 of 14 for 207 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT) and Sidney (13 of 21 for 218 yards and a season-high 5 TDs) . . . recorded at least one TD pass in 11 of 13 games as a junior . . . ran 84 times for 165 yards and seven TDs in 2014 . . . named Division III All-Southwest District second team as a sophomore . . . completed 137-of-231 tosses (.593) for 2,265 yards, 21 TDs and nine INTs in 2013 . . . produced four 200-yard passing games as a sophomore while leading Trotwood-Madison to an appearance in the state finals . . . set career highs for passing yards (366) and TD passes (6) vs. Clyde (16 of 19) . . . accounted for six scores (4 passing and 2 rushing) vs. Troy (15 of 20 for 298 yards) . . . hit 59-of-124 passes (.476) for 831 yards, 13 TDs and four INTs as a freshman while guiding the Rams to the state championship game vs. Toledo Central Catholic . . . his top performance in 2012 came vs. Sidney, completing 11-of-16 throws for 238 yards, three TDs and an interception . . . threw for 7,660 career yards and 90 TDs while compiling a 49-9 record (.844) in 58 career starts . . . won four regional titles while posting a 15-4 record (.789) in 19 playoff games . . . accounted for 106 career TDs (90 passing and 16 rushing) . . . son of Dwight and Michelle deWeaver . . . born Dec. 27, 1996 . . . plans to major in business.
DANTONIO ON DEWEAVER:
“Messiah deWeaver is a big, talented quarterback, who has displayed great decision and playmaking ability. Messiah has very good accuracy and arm strength as well as the mobility to extend plays. He’s an excellent game manager, who led Wayne High School to the state championship game as a senior. Messiah performed at an extremely high level during our summer camp. He’s also a real student of the game, so we’re really excited for him to join our talented quarterback meeting room.”
DE • 6-6 • 260 • Sandy, Utah
Taylorsville High School • Coach: Rod Wells
Primary Recruiter: Ron Burton
Originally signed with Michigan State on Feb. 4, 2015 . . . cut short his LDS mission to Mount Vernon, Virginia, due to a knee injury . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated one of the top defensive ends in the nation by ESPN.com (No. 48) and Scout.com (No. 50) . . . ranked one of the top weakside defensive ends in the country by Rivals.com (No. 30) and 247Sports (No. 39) . . . listed among the top players in the state of Utah by ESPN.com (No. 8) and 247 Sports (No. 11) . . . ranked the No. 2 defensive end prospect in the state of Utah by Scout.com . . . ranked among the top players in the West by ESPN.com (No. 95) . . . collected 73 tackles, including 16 for losses and 12 sacks, as a senior at Taylorsville High School . . . ranked tied for fourth in the state in Class 5A with his 12 sacks in 2014 . . . named a second-team all-state selection as a senior by the Deseret News . . . recorded 61 tackles, including 8.5 sacks, as a junior at Brighton High School . . . was a member of Jordan High School’s Class 5A state championship team as a sophomore in 2012 . . . also played basketball at Waterford School his first two seasons; was allowed to play football at Jordan due to UHSAA’s “co-op rule” since Waterford didn’t have a football team . . . son of Eugene and Michelle Hunt . . . born Nov. 27, 1996 . . . pre-med major.
DANTONIO ON HUNT:
“Mufi Hunt was one of the most highly recruited players who came out of the West a year ago. He’s a long, rangy, athletic defensive end, with unlimited potential. Mufi is a quick-bodied lineman, who can play multiple positions on our four-man front. He has shown great acceleration off the football. As a midyear enrollee, Mufi will be provided with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge early on, both on and off the field.”
OT • 6-5 • 330 • Traverse City, Mich.
DePaul Catholic High School • Coach John McKenna
Primary Recruiters: Mike Tressel & Mark Staten
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 289) . . . listed among the East’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 42) . . . rated among the country’s top offensive tackles by ESPN.com (No. 30), 247Sports.com (No. 39) and Rivals.com (No. 42) . . . ranked among the nation’s top offensive guards by Scout.com (No. 20) . . . rated among New Jersey’s top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 9), ESPN.com (No. 10) and Rivals.com (No. 11) . . . started at right tackle as a senior for Coach John McKenna at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Spartans average nearly 258 rushing yards per game, including 6.8 yards per carry, en route to the 2015 Non-Public Group 3 state championship . . . didn’t allow a sack during his senior season . . . named to USA TODAY’s All-USA New Jersey Second Team . . . spent three years on the varsity roster for Coach Tim Wooer at Traverse City (Michigan) West High School before transferring to DePaul Catholic . . . also lettered in basketball and track and field for the Titans . . . earned second-team All-Big North Conference honors in basketball as a junior after averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game . . . son of Ngandu and Kami Lukusa . . . born Dec. 19, 1997 . . . plans to major in criminal justice.
DANTONIO ON LUKUSA:
“We first got to know Thiyo Lukusa between his freshman and sophomore years when he competed in our summer camp. We followed up shortly thereafter and offered Thiyo a scholarship, and he has continued to grow and develop physically. He has outstanding footwork that he’s helped define through his success on the basketball court. Thiyo is a big, strong athlete who wants to be great. Enrolling early will provide Thiyo with an opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge to compete for playing time early in his career.”
S • 6-2 • 185 • Hoffman Estates, Ill.
William Fremd High School • Coach Lou Sponsel
Primary Recruiters: Brad Salem & Harlon Barnett
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 89) . . . ranked among the nation’s top safeties by 247Sports.com (No. 19), Rivals.com (No. 23), Scout.com (No. 23) and ESPN.com (No. 65) . . . listed among the state’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 7), 247Sports.com (No. 9) and ESPN.com (No. 18) . . . earned all-state honors from The News-Gazette (first team) and Chicago Tribune (second team) as a senior . . . four-year starter for Coach Lou Sponsel at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois . . . recorded 68 tackles and an interception in 2015 . . . also rushed for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior . . . produced 64 tackles (41 solos, 23 assists), including two for losses, and an interception as a junior . . . also lettered in track and field . . . son of Kenneth Lyke Sr. and Latoya Fort . . . born Sept. 11, 1997 . . . majoring in communication/broadcasting.
DANTONIO ON LYKE:
“Kenney Lyke showcased his football talent by playing multiple positions in high school. As a senior, he really excelled on the offensive side of the football. Kenney is a tough, physical and aggressive safety, who has very good speed to go along with the ability to tackle in space. He’s a hard-hitting safety with great length and good ball skills. Kenney has a great frame to build on the attacking mentality that we teach in the defensive secondary.”
SN • 6-2 • 210 • Troy, Mich.
Athens High School • Coach Josh Heppner
Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem
Walk-on will be added to the 2016 roster . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked as the state’s No. 1 and nation’s No. 20 long snapper by Chris Rubio . . . three-year starter at offensive tackle and long snapper for Coach Josh Heppner at Athens High School in Troy, Michigan . . . also saw action at middle linebacker . . . selected Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Clarkston (Week 6) . . . three-year starter at attack on the Red Hawks’ lacrosse team . . . brother Andrew is the back-up long snapper at Michigan . . . son of Brad and Susanna Robinson . . . born March 26, 1998 . . . plans to major in prenursing.
DANTONIO ON ROBINSON:
“Bradley Robinson played multiple positions on the offensive and defensive lines at Troy Athens. Bradley is one of the top-ranked long snappers in the country. He’s worked extremely hard at perfecting the craft of long snapping. Bradley has displayed very good velocity, consistency with snap times, and accuracy. He has good size along with the ability to protect and cover.”