May 27, 2009

Ohio targets plan to check out Spartans

The state of Ohio is loaded with quality prospects this year and the Michigan State staff is actively recruiting many of them. caught up with a top defensive end prospect that plans on stopping into East Lansing this summer. Find out about him, plus more Ohio recruiting news.

As has indicated on several occasions, defensive end recruiting is arguably the most important need for the class of 2010. The Spartan staff is after some outstanding prospects at the spot and one of them is Derrick Bryant of Columbus Brookhaven High School.

Bryant is a 6-foot-4,230-pound prospect that is rated a 3-star prospect recruit and the #26 strong-side defensive end in the nation. His scholarship list is comprised of an impressive list of schools including Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, West Virginia and Kansas. asked Bryant if he has heard from Michigan State?

"Yes, I have," Bryant said. 'Michigan State offered me a few months ago."

The database did not show an offer from the Spartans, but according to Bryant they have been actively recruiting him for quite some time now.

As a junior Bryant racked up 85 tackles and 12 sacks from his defensive end. Since that time Bryant is intent on getting bigger and stronger for his senior season and for college. He has a busy workout and visit schedule planned for the upcoming months.

"I have been working hard and I am glad that it is paying off," Bryant said. "I plan on going to Michigan State's camp this summer. I am looking forward to it"

Being from Columbus, it is only natural to think that the Buckeyes would be involved in his recruitment. As of right now Ohio State has not offered Bryant a scholarship, but they are keeping in touch. A few years ago the Buckeyes failed to offer a Columbus defensive end named Justin Kershaw. All he did was become a 3-year starter and team captain at Michigan State. will be sure to keep in-touch with Bryant over the coming weeks. The Spartans are in on a host of high-level defensive end this year. Many of them are listing Michigan State as one of the schools they are seriously considering. It is very possible that come signing day Head Coach Mark Dantonio could have one of the best defensive line classes in the nation.

Ohio RB to be on campus:

The last Ohio running back to sign with Michigan State turned out to be a pretty good player, Javon Ringer. The Spartan staff is taking a very close look at the best running back in Ohio for the class of 2010 and he is expected to be on campus this summer.

It is a rare occurrence when a junior wins Ohio's Mr. Football, but that is what Erick Howard did last year. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back from Hoover High School in North Canton finished the 2008 season with 2,322 yards and 28 touchdowns. He became on the 2nd junior to win the prestigious award.

Howard already has a solid list of scholarships including Cincinnati, Illinois and Colorado. The Spartans are one of the teams he is hearing from on a regular basis and Howard recently indicated that Michigan State is high on his list. He had the following to say when asked about his favorites by Rivals analyst Adam Munsterteiger.

"I like Ohio State, Michigan State and Georgia," he said. "Ohio State has a winning tradition, good academics and their coaches care a lot about their players, which is big in my mind. With Michigan State, they have a great campus and great facilities. I like grass better than turf, and they have a grass field that is really, really nice. I haven't done a lot of research or talked with Georgia, I just like them."

Like Bryant, Howard plans on visit Michigan State this summer. It is very possible that the next time Howard steps on campus a scholarship offer will follow shortly thereafter. Stay tuned to for the latest recruiting news on Bryant, Howard and several other top Ohio recruits that head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are after.

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