December 22, 2009

Arnett not in any hurry

One of the top players in the nation for the class of 2010 is wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw High School. Arnett already has an impressive list of offers and recently picked up a few more. Find out about him and the latest on 2010 Spartan recruits.

Wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw High School is sure to be one of the top prospects in the nation for the class of 2011. was able to catch up with his brother Ralph Arnett recently and he gave us some details about DeAnthony's recruitment.

"He now has 9 offers in writing and 3 verbals," he said. "The verbals offers are from Oklahoma, LSU and Miami. Notre Dame and Iowa are the most recent schools to offer him."

Michigan Stte was one of the earlier teams to offer Arnett and he received his written Spartan scholarship offer the first day it was allowed by NCAA regulations.

Arnett was considering attending the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Tecas, but has decided instead to stay in Michigan and focus on helping the Saginaw Trojan basketball team. asked Ralph Arnett if his brother has a process as far as how he is going to go about his recruitment.

"He will probably have a top 7 after basketball season is over. Then he will look at each one closely and see which ones offer him the best opportunities on and off the field and go from there."

Arnett will certainly be invited to just about every junior day out there this winter. We asked if Ralph Arnett if they have a plan as far as visiting schools.

"I think we might do the Raw Talent Bus Tour this summer. That is the tour that is run by Ted Ginn," he said.

The Raw Talent Tour stops into a host of Big Ten and MAC colleges giving numerous prospects exposure and time to work with position coaches at each college.

As far as the Spartans go, Arnett is very familiar with the school and many of the players. One aspect that could come into play is the depth situation at Michigan State. Some people anticipate that their could be some attrition at the wide receiver spot in the coming months. If that happens, the Spartans will need a player that can step in and contribute right away. Arnett has early-impact ability based on what has seen of him on the football field and in camps/combines.

  • In state OL being patient

    Lowell offensive lineman Connor Kruse is hoping his combination of hard work and patience pays off over the coming weeks. Kruse, who was selected to the Grand Rapids Press and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams is getting a close look by the Spartans and Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar.

    Kruse had a outstanding senior season for the Red Arrows and Lowell Head Coach Noel Dean believes his standout would make an excellent addition to any program.

    "Connor is an incredible worker," Dean said. "He has great power and good feet for someone his size. He will play inside (guard) in college and will be a great role model for whatever program he plays for."

    in addition to football, Kruse is an outstanding wrestler as well. When spoke with him earlier today he indicated that he is working on getting down to the 285-pound limit. He stated that right now he is 295-pounds, down from 310-pounds during football season. Cruse stands in at a height of 6-foot-4.

    Last year, Kruse finished 7th in the state at 275-pounds. He was 38-12 on the season. He was District Champion and took 3rd in the Regionals. asked Kruse what his plans are for the coming weeks.

    "I recently visited Grand Valley State," he said. "I also would like to visit Michigan State, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Hopefully I get offers as recruiting is getting somewhat stressful."

    Kruse was offered by Western, but he indicated that he is not considering the Broncos at this point. has watched film of Kruse and seen him in person. In our opinion he has the ability to play at the Division 1 level. He is an effective run blocker and his wrestling background helps him with leverage.

    From an ability and build standpoint, Cruse reminds of Gordy Niebylski who played for the Spartans from 2001-2005. Niebylski's hard work turned him into a solid Big Ten lineman by the time he graduated from Michigan State.

    Whether the Spartans offer Kruse may come down to a numbers game. The Spartans were tight on scholarships, but now they have some wiggle room due to attrition. Whether Cruse gets offered will likely have to do with how things shake out at some other positions and with other players.

    No matter where Cruse ends up playing, you can be sure that program will be getting a player whose best football is ahead of him.

    Matt Dorsey's Take:

    The attrition at the wide receiver spot could help the Spartans with Arnett. Mark Dell's graduation and the possible departure of some others could make it likely that a 2011 wideout will have to slide right into the rotation. Spring practice 2010 will go a long way toward determining how the wide receiver position will shape up for 2011 recruiting.

    Michigan State will likely add one more player to the class of 2010 at the offensive line spot. The Spartans just offered Alex Lewis of Arizona, who at 6-foot-6, 245-pounds may project more as a tackle. Lewis' decision could directly impact Cruse. A wildcard coudl be Kent King of Gladstone High School. King committed to CMU in the summer, but may look around due to the coaching change. In our opinion, King was easily better than Northwestern commitment Paul Jorgenson at the Spartan summer camp.

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