February 8, 2012
Class of 2012 Superlatives
Most likely to make an early impact:
Aaron Burbridge of Farmington Hills Harrison High School, Michigan:
The Spartans graduated the entire wide receiving corps so the position is wide open. Kyle Kerrick is already enrolled and that gives him a jump on the others. With that said, we like Aaron Burbridge's chances of seeing the field as possibly the 3rd wide receiver. We are a big Monty Madaris fan and MacGarrett Kings is dynamite in open field, but Burbridge could be special. Mark Dell played as a true freshman back in 2007 and many who follow The Harrison Hawks say Burbridge is better than Dell.
Most exciting player:
MacGarrett Kings Jr. of University High School, Florida
Demetrius Cox has highlight reel ability at multiple positions, but MacGarrett Kings was recruited to replace big play specialist Keshawn Martin. Kings is the reason why the Spartans dropped Dennis Norfleet. Simply put, Kings is the type of wide out that can take a screen pass and turn it into six. The Spartans like to get Florida kids involved early if possible and for that reason Kings could see time as a return man. If Nick Hill's role at RB expands it might be wise to usher Kings in the return role.
Most likely to red-shirt:
Zach Higgins of Alliance Marlington High School, Ohio:
It is usually not a good situation when you play true freshmen on the offensive line and luckily Michigan State has not had to do that in quite a while. We don't expect any of the 2012 offensive line commitments to play, but Higgins is the least likely due to the fact he suffered a serious knee injury this past fall. Higgins had his knee operated on up in East Lansing and he is expected to make a full recovery, but a red-shirt is a definite. The hope is that Higgins will be ready to practice come August. Higgins excels at run blocking, but will need to work on pass protection before he is ready to see the field.
Mark Meyers of Toledo Whitmer High School, Ohio
It would be easy to go with a player like David Fennel due to him being of the recruiting grid, but that is too easy. SpartanMag.com has been a big Josiah Price fans since last spring so that would not be much of a surprise. We will go with Mark Meyers of Ohio. We checked our summer camp notes and Meyers was a guy who made some plays. He may not see the field real early, but if he becomes a guy who starts a couple of hears we will not be shocked. A Robert Newsome type of player would be tremendous.
The sure thing:
Monty Madaris of Cincinnati Moeller High School, Ohio
As long as he stays focused and despite an odd recruitment we have no reason to think he will not be focuses, Monty Madaris might be the safest bet. Much like BJ Cunningham a redshift might do him well. If that happens, Madaris could be a player that ends up with over 150 grabs over his career. Madaris has all the tools to be an exceptional player at the next level. Madaris could be the type of player that by the end of the fall he may be better than guys playing and the staff could end up having to decide whether to burn scholarship or save the year for the future.
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