Football 'Crootin Roundup Is What We Thought It Was

About halfway to Signing Day, CBS Sports is taking a look at each conference. In the Big Ten, it's not a surprise that Michigan had the top class and Shane Morris was the top commit, but MSU was named the conference's "under the radar class."

Damion Terry is a nice addition at the quarterback spot and should fit in well to the Spartans' offensive system along with running back Gerald Holmes. The headliners of this still small group though are at linebacker in Jon Reschke and Shane Jones. Both players are flexible enough to play either inside or outside but really should shine as special teams mavens before becoming a starter in a year or two. Reschke in particular seems like a complete steal.

Don't worry. MSU is doing just fine.

As for the uncommitted players...

Spartans close to adding top DE (Rivals) - MSU is still looking for a few more defensive linemen in the 2013 class, and unranked Chicago DE Demetrius Cooper is near the top of MSU's wish list. He earned an offer after a solid performance at MSU's camp, and picked up a Notre Dame offer not long after. While he is unranked, Rivals says he could get "four-star consideration" next month. Cooper plans on visiting MSU for the Boise State game, and a decision could come shortly after.

"Yes I plan on getting back up there soon," he stated. "I might get back up there before their first game or for the first game. Depending on how that visit goes I might make my decision after that. If not that day it will be shortly after that."

California safety high on Spartans (Rivals) - Not much of an update on three-star California safety Brandon Arnold, who still has MSU and Cal at the top of his list. He reiterated that the cold climate is actually a positive, as those hoping to play in the NFL need to succeed in cold weather. MSU is at the top of a few DBs' lists, but might only have room for one more.

"I like the history they have of being a good football program," he said. "I like the fact that they play smash-mouth style, have crazy fans, good academics and are in a good cold area."

SpartanMag.com Hot List: The final spots (Rivals) - Rivals takes a look at the 10 players that likely will fill up MSU's remaining spots in the 2013 class.

Michigan State looking to dip into Cass Tech talent pool (Freep/Rivals) - Dennis Finley remains one of MSU's top OT targets for 2013. A few Cass Tech players will be visiting MSU this week, including Finley.

Allen decommits from Rebels (Rivals) - Four-star Indiana safety Antonio Allen surprised many when he committed to Ole Miss earlier this summer. Well, now he has decommited, and I imagine MSU will again go hard after him.

Spartans to have surprise visitor (Scout) - Canadian offensive tackle David Knevel is set to visit on Friday. He currently has offers from Wisconsin and Missouri and is hearing from some SEC schools, including Alabama. Knevel says he can enroll in January and would like to commit as soon as possible, so MSU has a good shot if the 6-foot-8, 295-pound lineman impresses.

Munger 'not close' to deciding (Scout) - Four-star Ohio DT Donovan Munger hasn't visited MSU yet, but the Spartans are high on his list. One of the top uncommitted prospects in Ohio, Munger has about 20 offers from a number top schools. After participating in Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp, he said MSU was of high interest to him.

I'm not sure if I will take any other visits or not. I'm down to schools like Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan State, even though I've never been there (Michigan State) before. My goal is to have my choice done before the season, but I can't be sure that will happen."

What's up with Dunbar? (Rivals) - Three-star Illinois defensive end Ruben Dunbar has been pretty quiet this summer. He tells Rivals he hasn't be able to visit any schools this summer, but wants to take some officials this fall. Illinois, Missouri and MSU are his favorites, with MSU still the leader. As you can tell by his uneventful summer, he's not in a hurry to make a decision.

Garrett names a leader, talks Friday Night Lights (Rivals) - 2014 Illinois linebacker Clifton Garrett loves the Spartans and the Buckeyes, and depending on the interview, the leader may be different. But it's clear there are two schools ahead of the others, with Notre Dame in third. He obviously won't be making a decision any time soon, but MSU is in good position with one of the nation's top linebackers for 2014.

Top Ohio QB Talks Michigan State (247) - 2014 Ohio QB DeShone Kizer has a few BCS offers, but is looking for some bigger names. He worked out at Friday Night Lights last weekend with some other top prospects. Kizer is hoping to throw in front of the MSU coaches — either in East Lansing or Toledo — so he can earn an offer.

Spartans to welcome Madison native (247) - 2014 Wisconsin offensive tackle Jaden Gault is set to visit MSU on Sunday. Gault has offers from Wisconsin and Nebraska and is hearing from MSU and other schools. Despite being a Madison native, he's giving other schools a "fair shake." Getting Gault on campus so early is a good sign of MSU's inroads in Badger country.

Drake enjoying day after Spartans offer (Scout) - 2014 Cass Tech linebacker Deon Drake picked up an MSU offer on Wednesday, one day after getting a Nebraska offer. He said it's too early to look too deeply into things, but he'll be visiting on Saturday.

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