The Michigan State Spartans have added the 13th recruit to the 2020 class, as three-star prospect Cole DeMarzo has verbally committed to MSU.
DeMarzo projects as either a safety or linebacker at the college level. He is listed at 6-feet-2, 200 pounds and hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. As far as I can tell, this is the first ever South Carolina prospect to to join a Mark Dantonio recruiting class at Michigan State. While he grew up in South Carolina, DeMarzo said he has “grown up watching MSU” and that he had family who has graduated from the school.
DeMarzo held offers from Cincinnati, Air Force, Army, Florida International, Toledo, Tulane Appalachian State and others. Michigan State was the only Big Ten school to offer him, and did so on July 31. DeMarzo attended a camp in East Lansing in June, and obviously impressed the coaching staff.
Oddly, 247Sports lists the newest Spartan commit as a safety, but ranks him as an outside linebacker. The recruiting website currently lists him as the No. 119 outside linebacker in the nation, as well as the 31st player overall in South Carolina.
In a heavily defensive class thus far, DeMarzo is the eighth defender in the 2020 group. He joins fellow linebacker/safety prospect Darius Snow, as well as linebackers Cal Haladay and Devin Hightower; defensive ends Kyle King, Chris Mayfield and Jeff Pietrowski; and cornerback Angelo Grose. The class also includes wide receivers Ian Stewart and Ricky White; tight end Tommy Guajardo; and offensive guard Dallas Fincher.
According to his 247Sports athletic profile, DeMarzo runs a 4.74-second 40 yard dash and has a 30.1-inch vertical jump. Those numbers will likely only increase prior to moving to East Lansing.
Check out his junior highlights below: