September 9, 2009

New recruits on the radar?

As many people know who follow recruiting, the first three games of a player's senior year can often be a big factor in whether or not they are going to be a Division 1 prospect. Coach request film from those first 3 games and if that film shows player development, scholarship offers can often follow. looks at a few players that fit that category.

Jeremy Langford of Westland John Glenn High School, Michigan

The same school that provided the Spartans with super sleeper Keshawn martin has another dynamic playmaker in Langford. The 6-foot-0, 185 speedster is putting up big numbers as a running back, but he could project at multiple positions at the next level.

Last weekend Langford exploded for 370-yards and 6 touchdowns in a 42-12 win over Pinckney. He also had an 82-yard run called back due to a penalty. In week one Langford rushed for 124-yards and 2 touchdowns in a 19-5 win over Waterford Mott. At the current pace Langford could rush for over 2000-yards and score over 30 touchdowns. in the regular season.

Lots of high school running backs put up bug numbers, but what makes Langford different is his speed. This past spring he ran the 100-Meters for Westland John Glenn and defeated Michigan 2009 commitment Teric Jones. Jones was considered by some to be the fastest running back in the class of 2009.

Langford has clocked a sub 11 second 100-Meters and will be one of the favorites, along with Dior Mathis to win the Division 1 championship this spring. Langford camped at Michigan State this summer and the Spartan staff is well aware of his progress.

Chris Robinson of Ovid-Elsie High School, Michigan

Last year as a junior, Robinson had one of the best seasons in Michigan high school history rushing for 2844-yards. At 6-foot-0, 205-pound Robinson has good size, but he does not have a long list of scholarship offers yet.

As we stated above, many running backs put up big numbers, but it does not always translate to division 1 offers or even success. Kirk Elsworth of Goodrich was one of the best high school running backs in Michigan history and only Western Michigan offered him. Plus we all know the story of Kevin Grady and how his high school numbers did not translate at the next level.

For that reason teams are starting to take a look at Robinson as a potential strong safety prospect. Not only doe she have the size and speed to play the position, but he has shown the ability to be very physical on the defensive side of the ball.

Robinson is one of those players that team may end up recruiting as a defensive player, but allow him a shot at running back just in case. By the way, Robinson rolled up 259-yards rushing, scored 4 touchdowns, threw for 86-yards and had an interception in a 34-33 win over Portland last weekend.

Seth Cunningham of Lakewood St. Edwards High School, Ohio

Cunningham is an interesting prospect in that he mad ea commitment to Akron this summer, but is now seeing his recruiting stock rise significantly this fall. Cunningham miss much of his junior season and that caused him to not get as much attention as many other prospects.

One of the recent schools to offer Cunningham is the Cincinnati Bearcats and Michigan State is also apparently keeping tabs on the speedy defensive back prospect. caught up with Cunningham recently and he indicated that right now he still considers himself an Akron commitment, but the BCS level interest is something that has his attention. As of right now he does not see things changing as long as Akron has a solid season and the staff remains intact.

If for some reason things change, Cunningham could easily become a prospect that multiple BCS level teams are interested in especially come December or January. Cunningham camped at Michigan State this summer prior to his commitment. He performed well enough that the Spartans were hoping to have a chance to recruit and evaluate him further this fall.

If anything changes on this front, will be sure to let fans know.

Taurean Jackson of Lansing Sexton High school, Michigan

Every year there is a player in the Lansing area that everyone should see play; this year that player is Jackson. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound quarterback is hearing from numerous school including Michigan and Michigan State.

Jackson is a dual-threat quarterback, but his best position at the next level might be in the secondary. He remind some of 2009 Michigan commitment Thomas Gordon.

Gordon was a quarterback who teams liked as a potential safety, but many held off on offering until they saw him play his senior season. Jackson is supposed to play more defense this fall and that could allow him to get more division 1 looks. Jackson was in Ann Arbor last weekend, unofficially visiting the Wolverines.

Michigan State host the in-state Chippewa's this weekend, look for many of the states top prospect to be in attendance along with the committed members of the class of 2010.

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