2016 Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Michigan State Football Recruiting Class: It was one of the program’s best recruiting classes in the Mark Dantonio era – not that anyone noticed. That might be just the way MSU like it.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Michigan State Football Recruiting Class: It was one of the program’s best recruiting classes in the Mark Dantonio era – not that anyone noticed. That might be just the way MSU like it.


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    Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Overview

    How typical is this recruiting season for Michigan State? Just like on the field, everyone wants to focus on Ohio State and Michigan, everyone else gets all the attention, and Mark Dantonio’s team comes out turns into the star. For all of Jim Harbaugh’s silliness, and for Ohio State being Ohio State, what did Michigan State do? It came up with a recruiting class as good as any in the country – but it did it very, very quietly.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Wide receivers. It’s Michigan State, so it got its share of good linemen, but the receiving corps gets the most stars with Donnie Corley, Justin Layne, Cameron Chambers and Trishton Jackson all very, very big, and very, very good. It you want to argue that this might be one of the strongest position hauls of any team’s class for any one position, you might be right. If you want a corps that looks the part, this is it.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    DE Auston Robertson, 6-4, 262 – Donnie Corley was one of the star receivers everyone wanted, and Josh King was a great end with top pass rushing potential, but Robertson could turn out to be the standout who could be used in a variety of ways. Big, athletic, and tough, he could be a dangerous interior presence or could grow into an NFL-caliber pass rusher with a little time on the outside. Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Michigan were among those in the hunt.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The passing game. The Spartans have lots and lots of work to do on a defensive line that loses Shilique Calhoun and three starters, and the secondary needs reworking, too. Throw in the losses on the O line, and there’s plenty of concern. That’s nothing compared to what it means to lose heart-and-soul QB Connor Cook and his main man, Aaron Burbridge. Macgarrett Kings and DeAnthony Arnett are gone from the receiving corps, too.

    2016 Michigan State Football Recruiting Class

    Matt Allen OL 6-2 265 Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)
    Austin Andrews CB 6-0 175 Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales)
    AJ Arcuri OL/DL 6-7 274 Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
    Joe Bachie LB 6-2 225 Brook Park, Ohio (Berea-Midpark)
    Reid Burton FB 6-1 227 East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing)
    Luke Campbell OL/DL 6-4 275 Lewis Center, Ohio (Olentangy)
    Cam Chambers WR 6-3 203 Sicklerville, N.J. (Timber Creek Regional)
    Matt Coghlin K 5-10 185 Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop Moeller)
    Donnie Corley WR/CB 6-3 185 Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
    Noah Davis TE 6-5 242 Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
    Messiah deWeaver QB 6-4 215 Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)
    Mufi Hunt DE 6-6 260 Sandy, Utah (Taylorsville)
    Trishton Jackson WR 6-3 190 West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)
    Naquan Jones DT 6-4 320 Mount Prospect, Ill. (Evanston Township)
    Josh King DE 6-6 230 Darien, Ill. (Hinsdale South)
    Justin Layne WR 6-3 170 Richmond Heights, Ohio (Benedictine)
    Thiyo Lukusa OT 6-5 330 Traverse City, Mich. (DePaul Catholic)
    Kenney Lyke S 6-2 185 Hoffman Estates, Ill. (William Fremd)
    Mike Panasiuk DT 6-3 305 Roselle, Ill. (Lake Park West)
    Brandon Randle LB 6-2 205 Battle Creek, Mich. (Battle Creek Central)
    Bradley Robinson SN 6-2 210 Troy, Mich. (Athens)
    Demetric Vance DB 6-2 193 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)

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