January 4, 2011

SpartanMag.com goes under the radar

Recruiting fans hate to hear the word "Plan B". It is like hearing you get to escort your fat cousin at the wedding instead of your sister's hot friend. However, no team gets all the players that were at the top of the list and that is what makes recruiting some interesting. A quick look at Michigan State proves this.

-Kirk Cousins was a plan B recruit, who likely only ended up in Green and White due to Keith Nichol going to Oklahoma. And to think people on here were pissed when Nichol flipped!

-Kevin Pickelman was a plan B recruit by definition. Sure MSU would have liked to have gotten Chris Collasanti to flip, but instead they are stuck with Pick!

-Does Michigan State offer BJ Cunningham if Taurian Washington was a Spartan? Cunningham will likely leave Michigan State as the most prolific pass catcher is school history.

How well a team evaluates and closes on "Plan B" recruits is often the difference between winning a losing. It is like playing Co-Rec sports. The team that wins is the one that has the best girls as the guys offset each other. The team that does the best job evaluating and recruiting these "Plan" recruits is at an advantage.

So who are some players that could fall in to this category?

  • Trevon Pendleton of Portsmouth High School, Ohio
    Spartanmag.com linked his highlight film to the message board and many were impressed with how good of a player he is. Pendleton is an outstanding FB/LB recruit who had a solid performance at Michigan State's camp. Pendleton has a MAC offer on the table and one from Air Force.
    Pendleton's issue is that most teams do not use a FB and other teams do not see him as a true running back. Rivals.com obviously sees the value of Pendleton as a fullback prospect and has him ranked the #2 player in the nation at that position.
    If Michigan State has room and decides to f=go the fullback route, Pendleton would be a solid addition.
  • Matt Losiniecki of Waukesha West High School, Wisconsin
    This summer SpartanMag.com was impressed with Losiniecki enough that we enquired about him to his father who we spotted at camp. The 6-foot-2, 261-pound prospect had an outstanding senior year and now has 8 scholarship offers on the table including one from Coach Enos.
    Losiniecki racked up 92 tackles and 17 sacks while leading Waukesha West High school to the championship. He was named all-state as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
    Losiniecki is a very powerful prospect. He has thrown the shot put 51-feet and the discus 171-feet. He bench pressed 225 for 20 reps and has a 550-pound squat. It also doesn't hurt that Losiniecki is strong in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA and a 28 on the ACT.
    Losiniecki is being compared to former Wisconsin DL Ben Gardner who one of the key contributors for the Stanford Cardinal. Gardner had a similar list of offers prior to committing to Coach Harbaugh late in the process.

  • [db] Takudzwa Kubvoruno of Gull lake High School, Michigan
    "TK" was one of the best performers at the Michigan State summer camp. He worked out at both wide receiver and defensive back and got plenty of praise from the Spartan coaches.TK has excellent hands and lateral ability.
    Kubvoruno will take an official visit to Central Michigan the weekend of the 14th. The Chips have not offered yet, but Grand Valley State, St. Joesphs and Michigan Tech have. Coach Enos could be trying to steal "KT" as a preferred walk-on.

    Keep in mind, you can use official visit on kids that you may want to bring in as a preferred walk-on. If you have the extra visit space it doesn't hurt to treat a player you like to the official visit experience.

  • Damarco Brisbee of Lansing Sexton High School, Michigan

    The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brisbee was a key member of the Big Red this past fall. He helped open holes for current Spartan Onaje Miller. Brisbee got himself behind the 8-Ball academically early on in high school, but has now turned things around and is hearing from several BCS schools.
    Brisbee informed SpartanMag.com that Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Toledo, Central Michigan and Grand Valley have all been in contact. Brisbee indicated that if he does not get a scholarship he will walk-on at one of his favorites. If that happened he indicated he would "Play with a chip on my shoulder"

    Last year Michigan State took walk-on offensive lineman Conner Kruse out of Lowell. The early word on Cruse is that he has shown very well and it is not out of the question that he could earn a scholarship in the future if he continues to progress.

    Could one of these "plan B" players end up being the next Kirk Cousins? What about players like Blair White and Travis Key? Both players came to Michigan State as walk-ons and went on to become team captains. White looks to have a promising NFL career ahead of him.

    Sometimes that hot friend at the wedding turns out to be more trouble than she is worth and the cousin who you treated nice just so happens to be really cool.

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