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Spartan Pupdate is wrapping up camp season at MSU

With five days of camp in the past eight behind us, the Spartans locked up two more commitments and got to see a lot of talented players.


New Haven (Ind.) wide receiver Jordan Hogue put on a clinic last week at Michigan State's 7 on 7 camp. How good was Hogue? The MSU coaches wanted to see more.

"I went with AWP to the 7 on 7 last week," Hogue said. "They told me they liked me and wanted to see me again, so I came up to another camp."

It was worth the time, as Hogue felt he did well in one-on-one drills, 7 on 7 and footwork exercises.

"They said I had some of the best ball skills they had ever seen," Hogue said, "and I run good routes and I have really quick feet."

That skill set allowed the 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver to impress again in East Lansing yet again -- and draw attention from Mark Dantonio, who spent time talking with Hogue after the camp concluded.

"He just said that it' a long process and they don't pull the trigger quickly," Hogue said. "They want to evaluate my film and then go from there."

Hogue currently doesn't hold an offer, but has been to Indiana, Ball State, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio). He also has been hearing from Air Force, Purdue and Illinois.

Here are some notes from performers that stood out:

-- I didn't see Hogue drop a (well-thrown) ball through drills and 7 on 7. In fact, the sound of the ball hitting his hands was markedly different than that from the majority of other receivers -- it was barely noticeable.

He showed off soft hands in bringing in the catch, but more impressive was his shiftiness in space -- and even without it. In tight one-on-ones, Hogue created space where there was none and made defensive backs miss and look silly.

-- If you read these roundups regularly, you probably know the name Austin Mack by now. The 2016 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers wide receiver has been impressive since the first 7 on 7 I saw him at -- and continues to show his skills.

Mack had people on the sidelines thinking he was an upperclassmen, not only for his size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, but for his skills. Mack proved again to be a fluid athlete who can really adjust to the ball in the air and make a play on anything thrown in his vicinity.

The highlight had to be a ball down the sideline where Mack was held for a long time, got his feet tangled up with the defensive back, but went up and made the catch anyway, getting both feet down inbounds.

He already has an Indiana offer to his name, and it won't take long before that list grows.

-- 2015 quarterbacks Alex Malzone (Brother Rice) and Alex Mussat (Troy Athens) continue to be good prospects to watch.

Malzone has been hitting the camp circuit hard since concluding his baseball season and hit MSU for the second time this week. He again showed a tight spiral and the arm strength to really push the ball into the receiver. Prototypical size is something working in Malzone's favor over many of his classmates at this time.

Mussat throws a 10/15-yard out as well as anyone I saw in the past week. The timing is consistently on and the accuracy is there.

-- 2016 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers quarterback Noah Wezensky continues to develop in the camp settings. He already is pretty developed as a passer -- and stands 6-foot-3 -- and flashed good accuracy and decisions Wednesday.

-- 2015 Glenville (Cleveland) linebacker Matthew Draper was a fun one to watch. The athletic linebacker plays both inside and outside at Glenville, and it's easy to see why.

He moves well in coverage and possesses the size to play either linebacker spot in college, too. He has offers from Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati.

-- 2014 Bedford (Ohio) cornerback Antoine Stone was as physical as a cornerback can be Wednesday.

In one-on-ones, he was especially tough off the line -- a toughness and physicality that he matched in 7 on 7. He provided a tough matchup for wide receivers all day.

Stone committed to Western Michigan on Wednesday night, as he and others from the Cleveland-based training group "Hands On Training" went to Kalamazoo following their visit to East Lansing.

-- Also on the trip with Stone was Cleveland St. Ignatius safety Dameon Willis. Willis was impressively quick for his size at 6-foot, 208 pounds and showed good cover skills.

In one-on-ones, it was practically unfair for the wide receivers as Willis was equally quick to many wideouts, but substantially bigger.

He holds offers from Louisville and many MAC schools.