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Thursday, February 3, 2011

MSU's 2011 football recruiting class

While the Spartans' Signing Day was a bit understated — weather washed out the planned press conference to introduce the class, and most of the potential last-minute surprise additions fell through — that doesn't mean that it wasn't successful.

The Spartans loaded up on defensive linemen (6), offensive linemen (4) and linebackers (4) in this class, nabbing one guy for the trenches — JUCO OL Fou Fonoti — on Signing Day. Reactions to the class were mixed — ESPN rated it third, fifth by both Rivals and Scout — but for the second straight year included the state's best player, five-star linebacker Lawrence Thomas, as well as a good mix of local (six in-state players) and national talent. Traverse City St. Francis OL Kyle Lints turned down MAC scholarship offers to come to MSU as a preferred walk-on.

(List taken in its entirety from

Pos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (Last School)
Jack AllenC6-2262Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)
Juwan CaesarWR6-4205Miami, Fla. (Miami Coral Park Senior)
Shilique CalhounDE6-5225Middletown, N.J. (Middletown North)
Donavon ClarkOL6-4305Cincinnati, Ohio (Finneytown)
Brandon ClemonsDL6-4265Milford, Pa. (Delaware Valley)
Arjen ColquhounDB6-1180Windsor, Ontario (W.F. Herman Secondary School)
Connor CookQB6-3197Hinckley, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Ed DavisLB6-3215Detroit Southeastern
Fou FonotiOL6-5295Lakewood, Calif. (Cerritos College)
Darien HarrisLB6-1215Silver Spring, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)
Joel HeathDE6-6250Cincinnati, Ohio (Mount Healthy)
Taiwan JonesLB6-3220New Baltimore Anchor Bay
Damon KnoxDE6-5265Muskegon 
Paul LangTE6-5235Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon)
Kyle LintsOG6-3275Traverse City St. Francis
Onaje MillerATH5-10180Lansing Sexton
Matt RamondoDT6-4285Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield)
Mark ScarpinatoDT6-3270Milwaukee, Wis. (Marquette University)
Andre Sims Jr.WR5-9170Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood)
Lawrence ThomasLB6-4245Detroit Renaissance
Trae WaynesDB6-0165Kenosha, Wis. (Bradford)
RJ WilliamsonDB6-1190Middletown, Ohio (Dunbar)

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