The Michigan State Spartans hosted several recruiting prospects in East Lansing this weekend, and have earned two new commitments from class of 2020.
Defensive end Chris Mayfield out of Hilliard, Ohio, and cornerback Angelo Grose out of Mansfield, Ohio, have announced their decisions to become Spartans:
I would like to thank all of my family and coaches along the way for making me successful and the man I am to today but I will be committing to— Chris Mayfield (@Chrismayfield42) June 23, 2019
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I would like to thank the whole Michigan State staff and the great visit and I am excited to announce that I am committed to Michigan state pic.twitter.com/KRESqTPzVm— angelo grose (@GroseAngelo) June 23, 2019
Mark Dantonio and Michigan State have long had a recruiting pipeline in Ohio, and Mayfield and Grose join three-star defensive end Jeff Pietrowski as the current players from the Buckeye State in MSU’s 2020 recruiting haul, with likely more to come. The 2020 class now stands at 10 players overall.
Grose is the only cornerback committed in the class thus far, and joins four-star safety Darius Snow as the only two defensive backs. He is listed as the No. 132 cornerback in the class, and No. 57 player in the state of Ohio, in the 247Sports Composite.
Grose is a bit undersized at 5-feet-10, 170 pounds, and is rated as a lower three-star recruit. However, this reminds of a certain current starting Spartan named Josiah Scott — who was ranked as the 104th cornerback at a similar size in the 2017 class. I would say that worked out OK, so I wouldn’t get too hung up on Grose’s is ratings.
The cornerback had offers from Cincinnati and a host of MAC schools, including Toledo, Ball State, Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State and Miami (OH). In addition to his coverage skills, Grose also returns kicks with great speed, and has shown the ability to blitz from the corner. He also is used as a weapon on offense.
Meanwhile, the Spartans continue to build in the defensive trenches, as Mayfield is the third defensive end in the 2020 group. He joins Pietrowski (who could also play linebacker) and three-star Kyle King. According to his highlight video, Mayfield stands at 6-feet-4-inches tall and weighs in at 240 pounds, and is constantly getting after opposing quarterbacks.
King is ranked as the the No. 64 weak-side defensive end in the country, and the No. 52 player, in the Composite rankings. He held a pretty impressive offers list, with Purdue, Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Boston College and others are after him. While he plays mostly as a down linemen, Mayfield can also work as a standup edge rusher.
Check out their junior highlight tapes below.