Looking for something new, I decided to give you guys -- my readers -- the chance to ask questions about MSU football and basketball. So, here are the questions you asked and my responses:
Any new commitments coming? -- Ben (@bennyv7684)
I would have told you Devyn Salmon, but he already pulled the trigger. My gut says another one isn't likely until the season rolls around. I believe Alec James is looking to commit soon, and MSU is among his three leaders but it looks like Wisconsin will be his choice -- I could be wrong, though.
Keep an eye on the recruitment of athlete Delton Williams, offensive tackle Dennis Finley, defensive end Demetrius Cooper, and safeties Brandon Arnold and Marcus Ball -- those are five players who could commit to MSU. Williams has been a reported MSU lean for a while, but he encountered some legal trouble this summer. Finley has MSU among his favorites. In my opinion, Cooper is going to let his recruitment play out a little longer before a commitment -- his stock is on the rise and he might pull in more offers. Arnold won't visit until later in the season, while Ball could fill that spot at safety before Arnold visits.
How concerned should we be with OL/DL recruiting? -- Michael (@mike3fan)
A little bit on the defensive side MSU pulled its first defensive lineman in Salmon last week, and is in on some other talented prospects on the defensive side. As for the offensive side ... a little more concerned.
The fact that an MSU lean Riley Norman is reportedly going to stop playing football after high school is an unpleasant blow as he is very highly regarded as an offensive tackle prospect.
The aforementioned Finley is among the potential players MSU lands and Kyle Meadows is another tackle prospect to pay attention to -- if MSU doesn't land one of those players, well, that means the Spartans are looking at guys who were originally "plan C" players (if you will).
On the d-line, MSU is rather deep with youth already, so that side isn't as much of an issue at present.
An interesting tidbit is that MSU is among the top five for the nation's top defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Are the Spartans likely to land Adams? Not really, pulling him from SEC country would be remarkable. Still, being in on a player of his caliber will resonate with other recruits.
(Editor's Note: Check back in the next couple weeks to see posts breaking down offensive line and defensive line recruiting. Both are in the works.)
**More after the jump**
Chances MSU bball makes a final four in the next two years, thus extending Izzo streak of all 4-year players making a Final 4? -- Ryan (@CrONeSPORTS)
I would say the chances are pretty good, but I would lean to the 2013-14 season at this point. Assuming no attrition from major contributors, the only player leaving after the 2012-13 season would be Derrick Nix. That means Keith Appling, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Brandan Kearney and Travis Trice all still around around -- plus the 2012 recruits Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski. Pending the development of those freshmen -- and the possibility of adding Jabari Parker in 2013 -- 2013-14 looks like a year where MSU could be a national title favorite.
What kind of role will (Denzel) Valentine have next season for MSU basketball? -- Jake (@JakeExline)
It is going to be hard to keep a kid with Valentine's skill set off the court. He is a big, athletic player who sees the court as well as a point guard. MSU just happens to have a wealth of players who can handle the ball well in Appling, Kearney and Trice.
You think the spartans will land those pro combats again this year? -- Tyler (@PupNSuds25)
I haven't heard anything about Pro Combat uniforms again this year -- but you never know.
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