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MSU Football: 5 underrated recruits that could join the Spartans’ 2013 recruiting class.

Posted in MSU Football by Sean Merriman, web editor on August 21, 2012

With the 2012 college football season just around the corner, the summer recruiting cycle may begin to take a back seat in the mind of MSU fans. But that dosen’t mean that Mark Dantonio and his staff are finished putting together the team’s 2013 class just yet.

As it stands right now, MSU has 11 verbal commitments for the 2013 recruiting class and are expected to take somewhere between 14-and-18 players to round out the group. Of those 11 commitments, only one player (Devin Salmon) plays on the offensive or defensive line. That means that both lines should be a spot to watch as the Spartans round out this 2013 class.

We have heard about five-star defensive tackle prospect Montravious Adams, who MSU would love to add to this class, but who are some of the under-the-radar recruits that don’t receive as much press or hype surrounding their name?

Let’s go ahead and break down five underrated recruits that could join MSU’s 2013 recruiting class.

1. Monty Nelson

MSU head coach Mark Dantonio has developed a small pipeline in the state of Florida over the years, and adding Nelson would only make that pipeline stronger.

The 6-foot-2, 310 pound defensive tackle prospect has been high on the Spartans for some time now. Just this past July, he narrowed down his top five schools, which included MSU, along with Wisconsin, Louisville, Wake Forest and Missouri.

The Spartans have developed some nice depth at the defensive tackle position this fall, but Tyler Hoover (sr.), Anthony Rashad White (sr.) and Micajah Reynolds (jr.) are all upperclassmen, which means that Nelson would fill a need for this team and have the chance to compete for early playing time.

Look for Nelson to make a visit to East Lansing at some point this fall and make a decision after that.

2. Marcus Ball

Ball is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound athlete who plays quarterback in high school, but would likely be positioned on the defensive side of the ball for MSU.

Ball has already camped at Michigan State and is familiar with the campus and the coaching staff. He would likely be projected as a safety at the collegiate level.

Landing Ball would be a nice pickup for the Spartans as the class only has one 2013  defensive back commitment (Darian Hicks) up to this point.

3. Christopher Worley

Worley is another athlete prospect who is projected to play outside linebacker or safety at the collegiate level.

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Worley is a kid who loves to make contact out on the football field. He has the speed and quickness of a safety, but the body of a linebacker, with plenty of room to grow still.

Worley has an impressive list of offers at this point, which in addition to MSU, includes the likes of Arkansas, Ohio State and West Virginia.

Many believe that Ohio State is Worley’s leader, but don’t count the Spartans out by any means at this point.

4. Kyle Meadows

Meadows’ junior season was cut short because of an injury, but he looks fully healed now and appears ready for a big senior season at Lakota West High.

At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Meadows is a big offensive tackle who is still growing at this point. He is athletic for a lineman, featuring great footwork and improving strength.

Meadows has an enormous offer list right now, but MSU certainly remains in the mix.

The Spartans are still waiting to receive their first commitment from an offensive lineman in 2013, and Meadows would certainly be a nice pickup for this already solid class.

5. Reginald Green

Green may be listed as a two-star prospect, but this kid has a ton of talent and a nice offer list to show for it.

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound Green would like to play wide receiver at the collegiate level, but that is a position that the Spartans have loaded up on in the past two recruiting classes. Jay Harris and Trey Kilgore are a pair of wideouts already committed to this 2013 class.

It is unclear where Green would play at MSU, but he also excels at defensive back in addition to wide receiver. He has exceptional height and runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-range.

Don’t be surprised to see Green in the stands or on the sidelines for at least one Michigan State game soon.

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