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Michigan State 2016 In-State Recruiting Recap

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Michigan State 2016 In-State Recruiting Recap

Breaking down Michigan State's 2016 in-state recruiting class:


Donnie Corley, Detroit King WR – The State Champs! Preseason No. 1 player in Michigan and the 2015 Mr. Football, Corley always had Michigan State on his radar, but was also strongly considering Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee before announcing his commitment to Michigan State during the Army All-American Game.

Corley has the talent to play right away in East Lansing and with Michigan State having voids at the receiver position due to graduation, Corley could very well be in line to play from Day one now that he’s already enrolled in school. The four-star wide receiver had a monster season on offense, tallying over 1,400 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, but was an impact player defensively, recording 80 tackles and 10 interceptions. Corley has expressed interest in playing offense and defense at the next level and will have the option to start out playing both ways and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he makes an impact on either side of the ball.


Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central LB – Committed to Michigan State early on in the process, Randle had a big senior season and earned a fourth star according to Scout.com. Randle also received offers from Minnesota, North Carolina State and Indiana along with several other Division 1 offers.

Randle is one of the more overlooked players in the Michigan State recruiting class, but is a player who many recruiting analysts expect to redshirt as a freshman and compete for a key role on the team in two years. Randle recorded 79 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in his senior season at Battle Creek Central as he went on to be named an Army All-American.


Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield WR – A star quarterback in high school, Jackson made the decision to pursue a college scholarship as a wide receiver over the summer before his senior year and strong showings in camps, Jackson was offered by Michigan State and accepted the offer shortly after.

Jackson may not play right away when he gets to East Lansing and may need an extra year or two to become fully comfortable with the position, but out of the four receivers that the Spartans are bringing in, Jackson could have the highest upside. Jackson is an elite athlete who will likely be a fit at several different positions, but receiver is where he will fit best for the Spartans.


Demetric Vance, Detroit Cass Tech DB – Vance was the first in-state player to commit to Michigan State in the class of 2016 and had offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, UCLA and a number of other high level Division 1 offers as well.

Vance, a four-star recruit, could be a player who sees the field early on at Michigan State and is the definition of a true playmaker in the secondary, whether at the cornerback position or at safety. A player who has made a reputation of being a big hitter in the secondary, Vance recorded 60 tackles in his senior season and also made an impact on offense, but is expected to play exclusively on the defensive side of the ball.


Thiyo Lukusa, Traverse City West OL – Lukusa did not play his senior season in the state of Michigan as he transferred to De Paul Catholic in New Jersey, but has been committed to the Spartans since May of 2015.

Because of the offensive line depth at Michigan State, Lukusa will have time to develop, so don’t expect to see him early on in East Lansing, but his proven ability as a run blocker and pass blocker, Lukusa could become a key anchor on the Michigan State offensive in the coming years for Michigan State.


Final Take: Michigan State’s in-state recruiting class has a balance of players that could play right away for the Spartans, as well as players who will have time to develop before playing a significant role on the team. Corley is obviously the marquee player of the recruiting class and Vance is also a premier name that the Spartans will have on next year’s team, but the big part that stands out about Michigan State’s 2016 in-state recruiting class is upside and the potential to have several big playmakers on the field down the road.