|Le'Veon Bell Declared for the draft on Thursday.|
Nick Tompkins, RB, R-FR- I fell in love with Tompkins from the moment I seen him on the Spartans recruiting radar in 2010. Standing 5'10 185 lbs, Tompkins has very low center of gravity and explodes through his cuts. He ran a 4.4 40 yard dash with a great initial burst, accelerates through the hole, and drops his pad level to finish runs. Had offers from Boston College, California, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt among others. Was rated a 3-star (Scout) out of Brookwood HS in Georgia, and ranked as the 11th All-Purpose Back in the country. The Running Back race could come down to Tompkins, Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford, moving back into RB, as a three headed attack out of fall camp. Tompkins has what it takes to pull away late in the season as the go-to back for the Spartans.
Shilique Calhoun, DE, R-FR- A 3-star recruit out of Middletown North HS, in New Jersey, Calhoun was among the top of Dantonio's wish list for the 2011 recruiting class. Calhoun had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia among others. Standing 6'5 225 lbs, Calhoun has tremendous burst off the line and finishes with power. Played in all 13 games for the Spartans, tallying 6 TKL, 2 TKL for loss and 1 Sack. That sack, versus TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl, came late in the fourth quarter which stalled TCU's drive and led to an eventual Spartan field goal to seal the victory. His great initial burst off the line made Calhoun a situational pass rusher for the Spartans in 2012, and with a little work in the weight room, will lead to a better rounded DE next season. As I said in my previous article, the Spartans physical style, led by the defense, will carry them in 2013 and beyond.
Paul Lang, TE, R-FR- Listed second on the the Spartans Depth Chart in 2012, Lang had 3 receptions for 8 yards and a touchdown on the season. Lang had only two division one offers coming out of HS but decided on MSU early in the process. Standing 6'5 255 lbs, Lang provides a big bodied TE with soft hands for the Spartans moving forward. A 2-star recruit out of Mount Lebanon HS in Pittsburgh, Lang will work on his route running over the off-season to polish himself as a receiving target for Spartans Quarterbacks next season.