March 17, 2008

Junior Day brings out state's best

On Sunday Riavls.com hosted the 5-Star Academy at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The event drew over 175 prospects from all over the state of Michigan. SpartanMag.com was on hand and has some notes on the players that were in attendance.

On Sunday Riavls.com hosted the 5-Star Academy at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The event drew over 175 prospects from all over the state of Michigan. SpartanMag.com was on hand and has some notes on the players that were in attendance.

Numerous top prospects were in attendance on Sunday, but the players that stole the show were the Spartan commitments for the class of 2009. Running backs Edwin Baker and Larry Caper along with linebacker Chris Norman and wide receiver Donald Spencer were all there. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell was hoping to attend but was unable to make it due to a previous commitment.

Baker and Caper had a chance to spend sometime with each other and the dynamic duo are certainly fired up about teaming up to form what many believe will be the best RB combination in the nation for 2009. Baker measured in at 5-foot-9, 204-pounds and Caper was 5-foot-10.5 and 215-pounds.

Detroit Renaissance star linebacker Chris Norman checked in at and the 6-foot-2, 225-pounds and definitely look the part. Norman's teammate Dana Dixon was also in attendance and will be one of the prospects to keep and eye on this spring at the NIKE Camps.

WR Donald Spencer of Ypsilanti High School definitely has the size coaches like to see at that spot. We did not get his official HT and Wt, but 6-foot-3, 195-pounds would probably be very close. Spencer is a player that we are really looking forward to seeing at the Spartan Summer Camp.

As far as top in-state prospects that passed the eyeball test.

Shamari Benton of Brother Rice:

Benton looked very good from a physical standpoint. The 17-1-pound listed for him in the database is way off. He is probably close to 20-pounds more than that without an ounce of fat on him.

Aaron McCord of Detroit Crockett:

McCord is a player that we were anxious to see. He was not difficult to spot due to being a solid 6-foot-3, 260+-pounds. McCord carries the weight well and could easily add more weight on his frame. If he shows well at the NIKE Camp next month look for his stock to really move up.

Justin Semmes of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's

If the Spartans decide to go after a fullback in the class of 2009, Semmes would seem to be a very good addition. He is solidly built, runs well and likes the contact part of the game. He could easily be a higher-level recruit than his brother (committed to Iowa) was last year.

Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb Dakota

Macomb Dakota has been the best team in Michigan the past two years. Fantuzzi is not a player we know a lot about at this point, but we can say that he definitely looks the part. Fantuzzi was a starter for Dakota last year, so that means he must have some ability. Kyle Cook and John Stipek are former Dakota linemen that ended up as Spartans.

Charles Chapman of Carleton Airport

SpartanMag.com has stated that the class of 2009 has a "chance" to be one of the best in recent memory. In order for that to happen a few offensive line prospect will need to emerge as solid Big Ten prospects. Chapman is a player that could fit that mold. The database listed him as 6-foot-8, 275-pounds. That might be a bit generous on the height, but 6-foot-6, 270+ seems very realistic.

Blake Treadwell of East Lansing

Treadwell is the son of Spartan offensive coordinator Don Treadwell. Treadwell is a solidly built player that checks in around 6-foot-3 and 265-pounds. Reports are that he committed to Michigan State upon being offered. Treadwell projects as an interior OL prospect. SpartanMag.com will have more in the near future.


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