Some of you may not remember, but when I joined TOC last spring, it was to cover football recruiting.
Mike did a great job taking that over, and he turned it into a full-time job. This means, for the time being, I'll be putting recruiting roundups and breakdowns together again. I'm also going to continue to use the "Spartan Pupdate" title Mike came up with, because it's awesome.
This week, many top recruits were invited to "The Opening" at Nike's facilities in Oregon. Two 2014 MSU commitments, center Brian Allen and defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. were there and seemed to impress. Their measurables and combine results are here.
Here's a compilation of some comments and highlights. It looks like MSU has two very good players in these guys.
Todd Huber (@ToddHuberSS) July 1, 2013
Brian Allen vs Bijhon Jackson https://t.co/l9PKoPXss3— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) July 2, 2013
Michigan State commit Brian Allen beats Bijhon Jackson on rep one, Jackson comes back and wins the second— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 2, 2013
Josh Frazier beats Brian Allen first but Allen comes back and throws him to the ground on the second— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 2, 2013
Michigan State commit Brian Allen just easily drove his guy into the dirt— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 3, 2013
Brian Allen wins again - good day for him— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 3, 2013
SB Nation's Bud Elliott had good things to say about Allen (go to the 2:14 mark):
Enoch Smith Jr.
MSU commit. RT @SBN_Wescott: Enoch Smith, Jr. is built like an absolute tank. Has a base that screams lower body strength. Lean as well.— The Only Colors (@TheOnlyColors) July 1, 2013
Alabama commit JC Hassenauer holds off Enoch Smith for two reps— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 2, 2013
Isaiah Wynn vs Enoch Smith https://t.co/Vno5B1OxiI— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) July 2, 2013
Kammy Delp vs Enoch Smith https://t.co/046IaZKxM3— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) July 2, 2013
Enoch Smith, Jr. may have just had quickest move of day for a DT going from outside shoulder of OG to inside in a flash. Was barely touched.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) July 2, 2013
Enoch Smith Jr. drawing great reviews at The Opening so far. Someone there told me he was "a stud and unblockable yesterday"— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) July 2, 2013
Looks like MSU commit Enoch Smith got a bit of a hair cut at The Opening. pic.twitter.com/8YH7U71Vtg— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) July 3, 2013
Some other things.
Two JUCO offensive linemen MSU is looking at are Raul Martinez and Justin Scott. Both are in California. With MSU losing three OL starters after this season, and possibly Skyler Burkland to injury, MSU wants some immediate contributors. Neither has an offer yet. Martinez is going to visit this fall, while Scott is from Detroit and played high school ball with Will Gholston for one year.