The main strength of the Spartans recently signed 2009 recruiting class was the overall domination on the home front. MSU’s staff brought in 12 recruits from the state of Michigan and they hope to do the same in 2010.

 

Linebacker Austin Gray is one of the prospects the Spartans are already looking at in the 2010 class. The 6’2” 210-pounder already lists offers from Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Central Michigan and Toledo and while he does not yet have an offer from the Green and White it is still very early in the process.

 

The Warren Fitzgerald High School (MI) product also has been drawing interest from almost the entire Big 10 listing Penn State, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin as potential college destinations.

 

Coach Dantonio has already landed MLB Max Bullough for the upcoming class making the recruitment of Gray, who is also a natural MLB, a little tricky. That surely won’t deter the Spartans from pursuing Gray as he could transition to OLB or with the impending graduation of Andrew Hawken he could even move to the other side of the ball and play Fullback.

 

The Spartans will have needs at Linebacker in 2010 with the future loss of Senior Brandon Denson coupled with the fact that when Gray is scheduled to hit campus as a Freshman both Eric Gordon and Greg Jones will be entering their final seasons on the banks of the Red Cedar.

 

Playing his natural position, MLB, Gray registered 97 tackles and 9 sacks last season as a junior, earning him 1st team all county and 1st team all conference honors. His big frame and speed, he runs a 4.6, will help him compete at the college level and there is no doubt that if Gray were to become a Spartan he would compete from day one.

 

He has excellent lateral foot movement and he keeps his head up and eyes forward.  That exceptional technique is good, but is beyond his years is his peripheral vision.

 

If Max Bullough is hitting the phones the way Chris Norman did a year ago, don’t be surprised to see Gray become a great addition to an already promising 2010 class before all is said and done.