Spartan Pupdate is getting noticed

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

The Spartans have been checking in on a couple strong Midwest 2015 prospects in the spring.

A couple weeks ago, Northville rising junior David Moorman received his first offer from Central Michigan and since then, recruiting has picked up speed for the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman.

"CMU offered and now, it feels like a lot more schools are noticing me and looking at me," Moorman told me.

Michigan State is among those paying attention and Coaches Terry Samuel and Ron Burton stopped by Northville last week to see Moorman.

"They stopped by last Thursday," Moorman said. "They talked to me a bit and invited me up to camp and for a visit. They said they have to get me up there as soon as possible to see the facilities and campus and start to build a relationship with them.

"They said they like my film and how I play with anger and am athletic. They also said they like my character from what they have heard. I am looking forward to keeping up a relationship with them in the next couple years."

Moorman, who said he has had uncles, cousins and grandparents go to MSU, grew up a fan of the Spartans but is keeping his options open early in his recruitment.

"I have always been an MSU fan since I was a little kid," he said, "so it is really exciting to be recruited by them. I definitely bleed green and white, but I have to go with what is best when it comes to recruiting."

Moorman, whose father played tight end at Eastern Michigan from 1986-89, took a quick path to the varsity team at Northville after not playing in middle school.

"I didn't play football in seventh or eighth grades because they had a weight limit, so I played basketball and soccer," he said. "As a freshman, I was on the freshman team for a day before moving up to JV and spent a week and a half there before moving up to varsity."

It didn't take long for Moorman to see the field either, as he moved into the starting lineup when the Mustangs' left guard was injured. He split time there the rest of the year before starting full-time as a sophomore at right tackle. He figures to continue starting at the right tackle spot this year.

Moorman plans on camping at MSU on June 12 for the offensive/defensive lineman camp. He also will camp at the Sound Mound Sound Body camp in Southfield, as well as at CMU, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

-- While the Spartans have yet to add a running back to the class of 2014, they already have their eyes on a 2015 prospect from Illinois.

DeKalb's Dre Brown has been in contact with the Spartans for a while early in his recruitment.

"So far, (my recruitment) is going great," Brown told me. "It has been picking up a lot this spring. Michigan State came down during that time.

"After Coach (Dan) Roushar left for the Saints, I thought they would forget about me, but they hired Coach (Ron) Burton and he came down to see me, but got stuck in traffic. So, we just talked on the phone for a while."

"I am going to camp to try to earn an offer."

Brown said he might give Burton a call this week to see how things are going and touch base about MSU.

"I have heard they have a beautiful campus and I know that they runt he ball a lot, which is good for me as a running back," Brown said

Brown has spent some time in the combine circuit as a safety, and also plays it in high school "for more versatility." He said once he gets more defensive film, some schools will start looking at him as an athlete -- adding that he likes both positions as both require him using his instincts.

Brown currently has offers from hometown Northern Illinois and also Illinois. In addition to MSU, Brown plans to camp at Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern and maybe Minnesota or Indiana.

-- Half of the expected starting defensive line for MSU this year will be made up of players from New Jersey and the Spartans are looking at a handful of defensive linemen from the Garden State in 2014.

One of the players with an offer is Bergen Catholic's Kurt Holuba.

"I've been hearing a lot from MSU," he told me. "Coach (Pat) Narduzzi has been in this spring and they want me to come out for a visit.

"I really like Coach Narduzzi and he says he likes how hard I play and how tough I am."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end said he doesn't know if will visit MSU, but he does know a little about the Spartans.

"I know that they have a great defense and, specifically, a great defensive line," Holuba said.

Holuba currently holds more than a dozen offers and said he thinks he will pick a school following his senior season.

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