(Note: Welcome to a new segment, Spartan Pups. This (ideally) is going to be a weekly segment to break down and update how the Michigan State commitments for the class of 2013 and 2014 are doing in their high school seasons. Any and all feedback is welcome.)
When Michigan State received a commitment from Erie Cathedral Prep quarterback Damion Terry, it was clear the Spartans landed a great talent.
And through two games, he has shown that -- and led his team (2-0) to the top ranking in Pennsylvania's Class AAA, the second-largest class.
Terry has thrown for five touchdowns and ran for two scores, while racking up 510 passing yards. In Cathedral Prep's season-opening 56-6 win, Terry threw for 245 yards on 15-of-21 passing with a touchdown and two rushing touchdowns. In the second game, Terry threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns.
Terry also eclipsed the 4,000 career passing yard mark in his second game of the year -- the first quarterback in Cathedral Prep's history to do so.
As far as rankings go, another Michigan State commit leads the defense on one of the nation's top teams.
Linebacker Shane Jones had led the 12th-ranked team in the nation, Cincinnati Moeller, to a 3-0 start. Jones leads his team with 23 tackles and also has a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
The two running backs committed to Michigan State have started off with impressive seasons so far, as well.
Beaver Dam (Wis.) star R.J. Shelton had racked up 664 yards on 69 carries with 10 total touchdowns in three games.
Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s Gerald Holmes has rushed for 352 yards on just 27 carries, scoring four touchdowns in three games.
Only one of two 2013 wide receiver commits has seen the field this year, as St. Xavier (Cincinnati) receiver Trey Kilgore broke his foot in a scrimmage and is out four-to-six weeks.
Jay Harris, of Downington East (Pa.), has three touchdown receptions in two games. In his team’s season opener, a 42-18 win, Harris hauled in two touchdowns and had 118 yards receiving on just three catches.
Tight end Dylan Chmura (Waukesha West (Wis.)) had two touchdowns in his team’s second game of the year, a 28-25 overtime win.
Darian Hicks, a Solon (Ohio) cornerback, has been making big plays on offense and special teams so far this season. In Solon's season opener, Hicks had five catches for 120 yards and scored two touchdowns in the final 2:22 to lead his team to a comeback win.
He returned a punt 78 yards for a game-tying touchdown against Akron Butchtel last week, in Solon's third game of the season.
Chicago Julien defensive end Demetrius Cooper made his debut with Julian after sitting out two games as a transfer and made a splash with eight tackles, including a sack, and a receiving touchdown.
2014 wide receiver commit Drake Harris (Grand Rapids Christian) has hauled in 15 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He had four catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles latest game, a win against Kenowa Hills.
Another 2014 recruit, Traverse City St. Francis’ Byron Bullough had 8½ tackles in the Gladiators' season opener.