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MSUSpartans.com is your headquarters for official signing day coverage with live announcements, signee video highlights, bios, photos and more throughout the day.

Per NCAA rules, the MSU Athletics Department will announce a signee when the program has received and MSU Athletics Compliance has verified the signee's National Letter of Intent. Signees are not officially Spartans until approved and then listed on this page.

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Press Conference will begin at 4 p.m. ET

LIVE BLOG

1 p.m. (April 2)
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced the signing of Malik McDowell to a National Letter of Intent at a press conference Wednesday afternoon inside the Clara Bell Smith Center auditorium. McDowell, a 6-6, 292-pound defensive tackle from Southfield High School, faxed in his National Letter of Intent on Tuesday night (April 1).

8:50 a.m.
MSU received a National Letter of Intent Thursday (8:50 a.m.) from Miguel Machado (OL, 6-6, 280, Miami, Fla., Pasadena City College).

7:30 p.m.
Complete bios and videos of MSU's 2014 recruiting class are now available on MSU's Signing Day Central page, along with complete video from MSU head coach Mark Dantonio's press conference. Thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live webcast.

12 p.m.
Due to inclement weather, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio will now conduct his Signing Day Press Conference at 4 p.m. ET TODAY (originally scheduled for 3 p.m.). A live webcast will be available on this page at Signing Day Central on msuspartans.com.

10:58 a.m.
Matt Morrissey, ATH, 6-3, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill. (Adlai E. Stevenson)

10:19 a.m.
Vayante Copeland, CB, 5-11, 186, Dayton, Ohio (Thurgood Marshall)

10:08 a.m.
Montae Nicholson, DB, 6-2, 202, Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway)

9:40 a.m.
Jalen Watts-Jackson, DB, 5-11, 185, Dearborn, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's)

9:40 a.m.
Gerald Owens, RB, 6-1, 252, Thorofare, N.J. (West Deptford)

9:31 a.m.
Brian Allen, C, 6-2, 285 Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)

8:46 a.m.
Enoch Smith Jr., DL, 6-2, 275, Plainfield, Ill. (Mount Carmel)

8:35 a.m.
Madre London, RB, 6-1, 210, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

8:27 a.m.
Montez Sweat, DE, 6-6, 220, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

8:23 a.m.
Chase Gianacakos, OL, 6-5, 280, St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)

8:14 a.m.
David Beedle, DT, 6-5, 278, Clarkston, Mich. (Clarkston)

8:12 a.m.
Craig Evans, DT, 6-2, 305, Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie)

8:05 a.m.
T.J. Harrell, ATH, 6-1, 210, Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Catholic)

7:30 a.m.
Deon Drake, LB, 6-1, 215, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)

7:19 a.m.
Robert Bowers, DE, 6-5, 215, Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)

7:15 a.m.
Jake Hartbarger, P, 6-4, 195, Waterville, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)

7:09 a.m.
Nick Padla, OL, 6-5, 280, Berrien Springs, Mich. (Berrien Springs)

7:04 a.m.
The first fax received was from Byron Bullough at 7:04 a.m. (LB, 6-2, 220, Traverse City, Mich., St. Francis)

6:45 a.m.
Welcome to the official Michigan State football 2014 signing day blog, live from the Skandalaris Football Center. Members of the MSU coaching staff started arriving in the offices at 6 a.m.

Each signee will be announced as his National Letter of Intent is validated by the MSU Compliance Office.

Follow along live all day on msuspartans.com/signingday or on Twitter @msu_football.


MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL 2014 RECRUITING CLASS
NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (High School)Video
Brian AllenC6-2285Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)Video
David BeedleDT6-4290Clarkston, Mich. (Clarkston)Video
Robert BowersDE6-5215Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)Video
Byron BulloughLB6-2220Traverse City, Mich. (St. Francis)Video
Vayante CopelandCB6-0186Dayton, Ohio (Thurgood Marshall)Video
Deon DrakeLB6-1215Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)Video
Craig EvansDT6-3305Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie)Video
Chris FreyLB6-1215Upper Arlington, Ohio (Upper Arlington)Video
Chase GianacakosOL6-5280St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)Video
Jake HartbargerP6-4195Waterville, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)Video
T.J. HarrellATH6-1210Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Catholic)Video
Madre LondonRB6-1210Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)Video
Miguel MachadoOT6-6280Miami, Fla. (Pasadena City College)Video
Malik McDowellDL6-6292Farmington Hills, Mich. (Southfield)Video
Matt MorrisseyATH6-3195Lincolnshire, Ill. (Adlai E. Stevenson)Video
Montae NicholsonDB6-2202Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway)Video
Gerald OwensRB6-1252Thorofare, N.J. (West Deptford)Video
Nick PadlaOL6-5280Berrien Springs, Mich. (Berrien Springs)Video
Casey SchreinerOL6-4280Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park)Video
Enoch Smith Jr.DL6-2275Plainfield, Ill. (Mount Carmel)Video
Matt SokolTE6-5226Rochester, Mich. (Adams)Video
Montez SweatDE6-6220Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)Video
Jalen Watts-JacksonDB5-11185Dearborn, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's)Video

   BRIAN ALLEN
C | 6-2 | 285 | Hinsdale, Ill. | Hinsdale Central | Coach: Rich Tarka | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 in San Antonio and was selected one of the captains on the East team . . . ranked among the nation's top players by 247Sports (No. 169) and ESPN.com (No. 256) . . . ranked among the nation's top centers by 247Sports (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 3), ESPN.com (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 5) . . . rated among the top players in the state by 247Sports (No. 5), ESPN.com (No. 9) and Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . ranked among the top players in the Midwest by ESPN.com (No. 29) . . . three-year starter at Hinsdale Central for Coach Rich Tarka . . . earned first-team all-state honors (8A) from the Illinois High School Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune as a senior . . . two-time All-West Suburban Conference first-team honoree . . . also played on the defensive line, recording 16 tackles, including three for losses and one sack (11 yards), along with an interception and fumble recovery in 2013 . . . collected 25 stops and four sacks as a junior in 2012 and 21 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore in 2011 . . . as a junior, won the 2013 3A state wrestling championship at heavyweight (285 pounds), finishing the season with a perfect 48-0 record . . . also won the state title in the shot put . . . was named the No. 1 Doings/Pioneer Press West Group sports story of 2013 . . . son of John and Leslie Allen . . . born Oct. 11, 1995 . . . plans to major in business . . . his brother Jack is a sophomore center for the Spartans.

DANTONIO ON ALLEN: "Brian Allen was a tremendous leader throughout his high school career, and that was even further demonstrated when he was elected captain by his teammates at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is a tough and tireless worker who is extremely competitive and will push our current players for playing time the moment he steps on campus."

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   DAVID BEEDLE
DT | 6-5 | 290 | Clarkston, Mich. | Clarkston High School | Coach: Kurt Richardson | Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 29) and Rivals.com (No. 38) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), National Underclassmen (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 20), The Detroit News (No. 27) and Detroit Free Press (No. 31) . . . All-Oakland Activities Association Red selection anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 14.7 points per game in 2013 . . . recorded 30 tackles (10 solos, 20 assists) as a senior, with six resulting in losses including a sack . . . posted three tackles, with two for losses including a 6-yard sack, in Clarkston's 32-14 win over Detroit Catholic Central in the 2013 Division 1 state championship game . . . made three stops, including two for losses, vs. Rochester as a senior . . . son of Fred and Diane Beedle . . . born Aug. 20, 1996 . . . plans to major in kinesiology.

DANTONIO ON BEEDLE: "David is very powerful and athletic for his size. He displayed the attributes and ability in our summer camp to compete in our defense; his explosiveness off the ball was impressive. David comes from a great program and knows how to win, finishing his career as a state champion."

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   ROBERT BOWERS
DE | 6-5 | 215 | Columbus, Ohio | Walnut Ridge High School | Coach: Byron Mattox | Primary Recruiter: Mike Tressel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play for the South Division I-III team in the North-South Ohio Classic April 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by ESPN.com (No. 72) and Scout.com (No. 108) and top weakside defensive ends by 247Sports (No. 50) . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 40), Rivals.com (No. 53) and 247Sports (No. 57) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 97) . . . two-year starter for Coach Byron Mattox at Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio . . . sidelined for his entire senior season with a shoulder injury . . . set career highs for tackles (66) and sacks (13) as a junior . . . recorded 49 tackles as a sophomore, with 17.5 resulting in losses including 7.5 sacks . . . also lettered in basketball and track . . . son of Jason and Carol Powell . . . born April 5, 1996 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON BOWERS: "Robert is very long, athletic and has great closing speed. He has a motor that doesn't quit. He's very disruptive and will help our pass rush by putting pressure on the quarterback."

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   BYRON BULLOUGH
LB | 6-2 | 220 | Traverse City, Mich. | St. Francis High School | Coach: Greg Vaughan | Primary Recruiter: Mike Tressel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to the Scout 300 (No. 291) as one the nation's top seniors . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers (No. 23) by Rivals.com and top safeties by Scout.com (No. 24) . . . rated as one of the nation's top athletes by ESPN.com (No. 48) and 247Sports (No. 99) . . . listed as one of the top seniors in the state of Michigan by the Lansing State Journal (No. 4), ESPN.com (No. 6), The Detroit News (No. 12), Detroit Free Press (No. 13) and 247Sports (No. 20) . . . named one of the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 40) . . . three-year starter for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich. . . . earned 2012 Associated Press Division 7-8 all-state special mention honors . . . collected 48 tackles and two interceptions in eight games as a senior in 2013; also compiled 666 rushing yards and 81 receiving yards on the offensive side of the ball . . . rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns in a Homecoming win over Charlevoix . . . helped lead the Gladiators to an 11-2 record, the Lake Michigan Conference title, and a berth in the Division 7 state semifinals his junior year in 2012 . . . is also a four-year starter in basketball . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Sept. 7, 1995 . . . becomes a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State . . . his grandfather Jim Morse (halfback, 1954-56) played for Coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame . . . his uncles Chuck Bullough (Michigan State, linebacker, 1988-91), Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) played college football . . . his brother Max was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) and three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Spartans . . . his brother Riley is currently a red-shirt freshman on the Spartan roster . . . plans to major in business/finance. DANTONIO ON BULLOUGH: "Byron is very athletic and has great speed for an outside linebacker. He's also very strong, plays physical, and will strike you. He's played a multitude of positions. He possesses the Bullough football IQ and Bullough toughness, and understands what it means to be a Spartan. He's been in our camp the past seven years and we've wanted him to be a Spartan for a long time."

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   VAYANTE COPELAND
CB | 6-0 | 186 | Dayton, Ohio | Thurgood Marshall High School | Coach: Earl White | Primary Recruiter: Harlon Barnett

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play for the South Division I-III team in the North-South Ohio Classic April 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio . . . rated among the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 132) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 248) . . . ranked among the country's top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 13), CFN (No. 26), Rivals.com (No. 41) and ESPN.com (No. 71) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 76) . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 31), Rivals.com (No. 32) and 247Sports (No. 44) . . . MaxPreps Medium Schools All-America second-team selection . . . named 2013 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year . . . selected AP Division III Southwest All-District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . All-Dayton City League and Cox Media Group all-area selection in 2013 . . . gained 159 rushing yards and accounted for three scores vs. Cincinnati Winton Woods, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD . . . played a solid all-around game vs. Alter, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a TD while posting seven tackles and three pass break-ups . . . carried 21 times for 258 yards and four TDs vs. Chaminade Julienne, scoring on runs of 6, 43, 47 and 8 yards . . . ran for 111 yards and intercepted two passes in the 2013 season opener vs. Clayton Northmont . . . rushed for 2,028 yards and 25 TDs as a junior . . . career totals include more than 4,000 rushing yards and 20 interceptions . . . won Division II 400-meter (48.22) state title in 2013 . . . son of Melissa Jackson . . . born Sept. 26, 1996 . . . plans to major in communication.

DANTONIO ON COPELAND: "Vayante has good size, great speed, outstanding ball skills and tackling ability. When he was here at camp, we noticed that he possessed all of the tools to be a successful cornerback in the Big Ten; he reminds me of Darqueze Dennard. He rarely came off the field for his high school team; he was a return man on special teams in addition to playing defensive back and running back. He also was a state champ in the 400 meters as a junior."

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   DEON DRAKE
LB | 6-1 | 215 | Detroit, Mich. | Cass Technical High School | Coach: Thomas Wilcher | Primary Recruiters: Pat Narduzzi/Terrence Samuel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top inside linebackers by 247Sports.com (No. 15) and ESPN.com (No. 34) and outside linebackers (No. 71) by Scout.com . . . listed among the state of Michigan's top seniors by 247Sports (No. 5), Lansing State Journal (No. 6), The Detroit News (No. 14), Rivals.com (No. 15), Detroit Free Press (No. 19) and ESPN.com (No. 21) . . . helped lead Cass Tech to back-to-back Division 1 state championships in 2011 and 2012; the Technicians reached the state semifinals in 2013 . . . suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in November 2012 and missed the first three games of the 2013 season . . . recorded 23 tackles, including three for losses, as a senior . . . also rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns . . . in the opening round of the 2013 state playoffs, scored on a 13-yard TD run and also caught a 14-yard TD reception vs. Grosse Pointe South . . . son of Keisha and Deon Drake Sr. . . . born June 18, 1996 . . . plans to major in business.

DANTONIO ON DRAKE: "Deon is an intense competitor with a nose for the ball; he's a thumper and brings explosive ability to our linebacking corps. He excelled playing both offense and defense in high school and also was a force on special teams. Deon was a physical presence on Detroit Cass Tech's state championship teams."

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   CRAIG EVANS
DT | 6-3 | 305 | Sun Prairie, Wis. | Sun Prairie High School | Coach: Brian Kaminski | Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected by USA Football to the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team to face Team Canada in the 2014 International Bowl series Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington . . . participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Orlando, Fla. . . . ranked one of the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 167), Rivals.com (No. 188) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 207) . . . listed as one of the nation's top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 16), CFN (No. 17), 247Sports (No. 18) and ESPN.com (No. 34) . . . named the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals.com and on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest list . . . also listed as one of the top seniors in Wisconsin by 247Sports (No. 2) and ESPN.com (No. 2) . . . named one of the top recruits in the Midwest (No. 43) by ESPN.com . . . four-year starter for Brian Kaminski at Sun Prairie High School . . . two-time first-team all-state selection by both The Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association . . . two-time All-Big Eight Conference pick . . . produced 71 tackles, including 15 for losses with six sacks, as a senior while being named Big Eight Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year . . . scored two rushing touchdowns vs. Madison Memorial in 2013 . . . recorded 72 tackles (36 solos, 36 assists) as a junior, with 18 resulting in losses including three sacks . . . posted a season-high 12 tackles vs. Badger, including one behind the line of scrimmage . . . born Feb. 1, 1995 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON EVANS: "Craig is the No. 1 prospect out of Wisconsin and comes from a very successful high school program. In camp, he showed tremendous athletic ability and great feet for his size. He will compete for immediate playing time and should be a dominant player for us in the trenches during his career at MSU."

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   CHRIS FREY
LB | 6-1 | 215 | Upper Arlington, Ohio | Sun Prairie High School | Coach: Mike Golden | Primary Recruiter: Mike Tressel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 6, 2014, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . participated in 2013 National Underclass Combine All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 44) and Scout.com (No. 60) . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 36) and ESPN.com (No. 66) . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Golden at Upper Arlington (Ohio) High School . . . Associated Press Division I second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior . . . also earned all-metro and All-Ohio Capital Conference honors in 2013 . . . recorded 94 tackles (20 solos, 74 assists) as a senior, with 13 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also intercepted one pass in 2013 . . . rushed 155 times for 855 yards (5.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . produced a career-best 136 tackles (35 solos, 101 assists) in 2012, including 3.5 sacks . . . also credited with two interceptions (51 yards) and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . gained 648 yards on 67 carries (9.7 avg.) and scored 10 TDs in 2012 . . . had six catches for 89 yards (14.8 avg.) and two scores as a junior . . . averaged 28.5 yards on 12 kickoff returns in 2012, including a school-record 99-yard runback for a TD vs. Westland . . . his career defensive totals include: 270 tackles (66 solos, 204 assists), 22 tackles for losses and four interceptions (92 yards and one TD) . . . his career offensive totals include: 1,600 rushing yards and 17 rushing TDs, 11 receptions for 126 yards (11.5 avg.) and two TDs . . . also returned 17 career kickoffs for 491 yards (28.9 avg.) and two TDs . . . also lettered in basketball for the Golden Bears . . . son of Chris and Brea Frey . . . majoring in marketing.

DANTONIO ON FREY: "Chris excelled at both tailback and outside linebacker in high school. He never came off the football field and was able to take over a game by himself. He has great acceleration and possesses a combination of athleticism and toughness, which is exactly what we're looking for in a linebacker. When he came to camp, you could see his closing speed and the ability to run our defense."

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   CHASE GIANACAKOS
OL | 6-5 | 280 | St. Charles, Ill. | St. Charles North High School | Coach: Coach Robert Pomazak | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Orlando, Fla. . . . ranked among the nation's top offensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 45) and Rivals.com (No. 62) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 26) and ESPN.com (No. 43) . . . three-year starter at St. Charles (Ill.) North High School . . . first-team Class 7A all-state selection as a senior by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association . . . special mention all-state selection in 2013 by the Chicago Tribune . . . first-team all-area pick as a senior by the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Kane County Chronicle . . . unanimous first-team All-Upstate Conference selection in 2013 . . . anchored an offensive line that helped produce 2,010 rushing yards (198.1 yards per game) and 30 rushing touchdowns in 2013 . . . recorded 34 pancake blocks and allowed just three sacks as a senior . . . credited with seven pancakes each vs. Elgin and Larkin . . . also lettered in basketball for the North Stars . . . son of Richard and Stephanie Gianacakos . . . born Feb. 17, 1996 . . . plans to major in business/finance.

DANTONIO ON GIANACAKOS: "Chase is a long, athletic player who has the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage. He grew up all over the world and thus is relatively new to playing football. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and that was evident in our evaluation of him early on."

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   T.J. HARRELL
ATH | 6-1 | 210 | Tampa, Fla. | Tampa Catholic High School | Coach: Mike Gregory | Primary Recruiter: Harlon Barnett

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected by USA Football to the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team to face Team Canada in the 2014 International Bowl series Friday, Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington . . . ranked one of the nation's top athletes by Rivals.com (No. 12) and ESPN.com (No. 74) . . . rated among the nation's top safeties by 247Sports (No. 55) and Scout.com (No. 58) . . . listed as one of the top seniors in the state of Florida by Rivals.com (No. 38) and 247Sports (No. 92) . . . helped lead Tampa Catholic to a 10-3 record his senior year in 2013 as the Crusaders reached the Florida 3A state semifinals . . . named to the Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County First Team as a specialist . . . rushed for 593 yards on 82 carries (7.2 avg.) with 11 touchdowns as a senior . . . also played linebacker and safety; totaled 47 tackles (36 solos), 12 passes defended (two interceptions, 10 pass break-ups), three sacks (11 yards), 10 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt . . . compiled 699 all-purpose yards . . . ran for 120 yards and two TDs on 14 attempts while recording a 5-yard sack and two pass break-ups vs. Berkeley Prep on Oct. 18 . . . as a junior, ran for 616 yards and six TDs on 75 carries (8.2 avg.) . . . tallied 830 all-purpose yards . . . recorded 107 tackles (77 solos), including 12 tackles for loss with 2.5 sacks (17 yards) . . . also had seven passes defended (one interception, six pass break-ups), three blocks and two forced fumbles . . . rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries with one TD and also posted 18 tackles, including two for losses, against Fort Meade on Nov. 16 . . . had 15 tackles, including three for loss, vs. Jesuit on Nov. 9 . . . recorded 18 stops, with two tackles for loss, against Berkeley Prep on Nov. 2 . . . collected 40 tackles, including three sacks, with two fumble recoveries and one interception as a sophomore . . . son of Tim Harrell and Shanell Snyder . . . born Sept. 18, 1995 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON HARRELL: "T.J. was a very highly recruited athlete. He has great athletic ability and is a very versatile player - he was an outstanding tailback in high school as well. He's also a very intelligent football player. T.J. is extremely explosive and could either play safety or outside linebacker for us."

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   JAKE HARTBARGER
P | 6-4 | 195 | Waterville, Ohio | Anthony Wayne High School | Coach: Craig Smith | Primary Recruiter: Mike Tressel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in 2014 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . ranked among the nation's top punters by 247Sports.com (No. 1) and Kohl's Professional Camps (No. 2) . . . rated among the country's top kickers by ESPN.com (No. 4) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 73) . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 29) . . . three-time first-team all-district punter for Coach Craig Smith at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio . . . three-time All-Northern Lakes League selection as a kicker . . . averaged 43.0 yards on 30 punts (1,290 yards) as a senior, including a career-long 77-yarder, while earning first-team All-NLL honors as the punter . . . placed 11 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line in 2013, including seven kicks downed inside the 10 . . . also hit four punts 50-plus yards as senior . . . hit 5-of-7 field-goal attempts in 2013, including a season-long 30-yarder, and 33-of-34 extra-point tries . . . third-team All-Ohio selection as the punter as a junior . . . two-time first-team All-Blade selection (2012 âÂ�" punter; 2011 âÂ�" kicker) . . . named second-team All-NLL punter in 2012 . . . received special mention All-Ohio honors as the kicker as a sophomore . . . averaged 42.2 yards on 60 career punts (2,534 yards) . . . scored 138 career points for the Generals, converting 10-of-18 field-goal attempts (.556), including a career-best 42-yarder, and 108-of-115 PATs (.939) . . . son of Toby and Wendi Hartbarger . . . born May 31, 1995 . . . plans to major in mathematics.

DANTONIO ON HARTBARGER: "Jake is a very long and athletic punter who reminds me of Craig Jarrett. He has great leg strength and has the ability to really boom the ball and turn the ball over. Jake is coming into a great situation, as he will have the opportunity to be Mike Sadler's understudy for a year and learn from him before taking over and continuing the great tradition of Michigan State punters."

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   MADRE LONDON
RB | 6-1 | 210 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | St. Thomas Aquinas High School | Coach: Rocco Casullo | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. . . . rated among the nation's Top 300 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 175) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 274) . . . ranked among the country's top running backs by Rivals.com (No. 17), CFN (No. 34), 247Sports (No. 51) and ESPN.com (No. 76) . . . listed among Florida's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 27) . . . rated Broward County's No. 2 prospect by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . . . played for Coach Rocco Casullo at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . honorable mention (Class 7A) all-state selection as a senior by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . . . second-team (Class 8A-7A-6A) all-county selection in 2013 by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . . . rushed 122 times for 871 yards (7.1 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior, including four 100-yard rushing games . . . gained a season-high 119 yards vs. Cypress Bay in 2013 . . . had eight catches for 114 yards (14.3 avg.) and one TD as a senior . . . led the Raiders in all-purpose yards (985) and TDs (17) in 2013 . . . ran 58 times for 363 yards (6.3 avg.) and four TDs as a junior . . . carried 13 times for a career-best 123 yards and two TDs vs. Manatee in 2012 . . . his career rushing totals include 194 attempts for 1,291 yards (6.7 avg.) and 21 TDs . . . had 15 career receptions for 268 yards (17.9 avg.) . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of La'monica Lewis . . . born Jan. 27, 1996 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON LONDON: "Madre is a big, powerful Big Ten running back, but he also has soft hands. He's an extremely productive and electric running back who competed at the highest level in the state of Florida. He runs physical and is tough to tackle in the open-field."

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   MIGUEL MACHADO
OL | 6-6 | 280 | Miami, Fla. | Pasadena City College | Coach Fred Fimbres | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Listed as one of the top 100 junior college prospects by Rivals.com (No. 83) . . . also named one of the top junior college players by 247Sports (No. 158) . . . rated one of the top junior college recruits in the state of California by 247Sports (No. 46) . . . listed one of the top junior college offensive tackles by ESPN.com (No. 16) and 247Sports (No. 21) . . . was a two-year starting tackle for Coach Fred Fimbres at Pasadena City College . . . earned second-team All-Southern California Football Association Northern Conference honors in 2013 . . . is the first player out of Pasadena City College to sign with a Big Ten program since 2007 . . . is the first Lancer to play for Michigan State since Tony Manley in 1982 . . . attended Carol City High School in Miami, Fla.

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   MALIK McDOWELL
DL | 6-6 | 292 | Farmington Hills, Mich. | Southfield High School | Coach Tim Conley | Primary Recruiters: Pat Narduzzi/Brad Salem/Terrence Samuel

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 in San Antonio . . . ranked one of the nation's top players by Rivals.com (No. 26), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 32), Scout.com (No. 36), 247Sports (No. 38) and ESPN.com (No. 60) . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 2), 247Sports (No. 2), ESPN.com (No. 5), CFN (No. 6) and Scout.com (No. 7) . . . listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Midwest by ESPN.com . . . named the state's No. 1 prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports and National Underclassmen . . . also named one of the top seniors in Michigan by ESPN.com (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), The Detroit News (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 4) . . . recorded 89 tackles, including eight sacks, with three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a senior and was named first-team all-state by The Associated Press . . . the Southfield defense only allowed 8.0 points per game . . . collected 70 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss with 15 sacks, as a junior at Detroit Loyola and was named the 2012 Associated Press Player of the Year in Division 7-8 . . . also named to the AP all-state first team in 2012 . . . helped lead Loyola to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Division 7 state championship game in 2012; posted seven tackles in the state title game against Ishpeming . . . son of Greg McDowell and Joya Crowe . . . born June 20, 1996 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON McDOWELL: "Malik McDowell is the top prospect in the state of Michigan and one of the nation's highest-ranked players. He has a very high ceiling as a player for the Spartans. We're very excited about his athleticism, and he's flexible for his size. When he was at camp, he displayed tremendous pass-rushing ability, power, and explosiveness in a small space. He has great length and will be a very dominant player in our defensive front. Malik is an impact player who has the ability to be on the field as a freshman."

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   MATT MORRISSEY
ATH | 6-3 | 195 | Lincolnshire, Ill. | Adlai E. Stevenson High School | Coach: Bill McNamara | Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated one of the top safeties in the nation by Scout.com (No. 56) and ESPN.com (No. 88) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 28) and ESPN.com (No. 31) . . . two-time Class 8A all-state selection by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association . . . named second-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune as a senior . . . three-time all-area selection by the Pioneer Press and two-time all-area pick by the Daily Herald . . . three-time All-North Suburban Conference choice . . . two-time IHSFCA academic all-state selection and three-time NSC All-Academic pick . . . three-year starter at safety and wide receiver for Coach Bill McNamara at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. . . . helped the Patriots to a combined record of 28-9 (.757), including three-straight conference championships . . . named Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Player of the Year in 2013 . . . also selected Pioneer Press All-Area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . recorded 107 tackles (70 solos, 37 assists), including three for losses, four interceptions and five pass break-ups in 2013 . . . also returned a fumble for a touchdown as a senior . . . had 43 receptions for 783 yards (18.2 avg.) and 10 TDs in 2013 . . . produced 87 tackles and five pass break-ups as a junior . . . caught 33 passes for 563 yards (17.1 avg.) and five scores in 2012 . . . also lettered in basketball for the Patriots . . . son of Jim and Amy Morrissey . . . born Jan. 18, 1996 . . . father Jim was a four-year letterman at Michigan State (1981-84), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a linebacker as a senior, and spent nine years in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears (1985-93; Super Bowl XX Champions in 1986) and Green Bay Packers (1993) . . . brother Mike played linebacker at Boston College (three-year letterman; 2007, 2009-10) . . . plans to major in business.

DANTONIO ON MORRISSEY: "Matt has the ability to play at multiple positions and possesses great size and body control. He's a natural pass catcher with a high football IQ. As a team captain, he led his team in receptions and was one of the leading tacklers as a safety. Matt is an outstanding athlete who reminds me of Blair White; he's a very quick jumper. He also is a captain on one of the state's top basketball programs."

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   MONTAE NICHOLSON
DB | 6-2 | 202 | Monroeville, Pa. | Gateway High School | Coach: Donnie Militzer | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to participate in 2014 Big 33 Football Classic (June 14 vs. Maryland in Hershey, Pa.) . . . played in 2013 Chesapeake Bowl (Virginia Beach, Va.) and 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (San Antonio, Texas) . . . rated among the nation's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 132), Rivals.com (No. 135), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 179) and ESPN.com (No. 244) . . . listed among the East's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 22) . . . ranked among the country's top safeties by Rivals.com (No. 13), CFN (No. 14), 247Sports (No. 17) and Scout.com (No. 20) . . . rated among the nation's top athletes by ESPN.com (No. 30) . . . named the top recruit in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest list . . . also listed among the top seniors in Pennsylvania by ESPN.com (No. 4) and 247Sports (No. 4) . . . two-time Class AAAA all-state selection as a defensive back by the Pennsylvania Football Writers . . . first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press in 2013 . . . two-time member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 . . . named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 as a senior . . . three-time first-team All-Foothills Conference selection . . . three-year starter for Coach Donnie Militzer for Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa. . . . recorded 72 tackles, including five for losses, and three interceptions in 2013 . . . credited with four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and scored two defensive touchdowns as a senior . . . had 41 receptions for a school-record 810 yards (19.8 avg.) and 11 TDs in 2013 . . . caught six passes for a school-record 253 yards and three TDs vs. Penn-Trafford as a senior . . . accounted for 15 total TDs in 2013, returning two kickoffs for scores including a 98-yard runback . . . scored TDs in three different ways vs. Kiski Area as a senior (reception, kickoff return and interception return) . . . posted 36 tackles, an interception and three defensive TDs as a junior . . . had 25 catches for 653 yards (26.1 avg.) and seven TDs in 2012 . . . had three 100-yard receiving games as a junior, including six receptions for a season-high 204 yards and a TD vs. Altoona . . . his career totals include 123 tackles and four interceptions . . . had 66 career receptions for 1,463 yards (22.2 avg.) and 18 TDs . . . scored 24 career TDs . . . also lettered in basketball and track for the Gators . . . school-record holder in 100 hurdles won 2012 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) title and finished second in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) . . . son of Jackie Crawford . . . born Dec. 4, 1995 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON NICHOLSON: "Montae Nicholson is a complete football player and the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania. He's explosive, powerful and has outstanding ball skills. He's a two-way performer who excelled at both wide receiver and safety, and has shown the athleticism to be a press corner. Montae has the unique ability to come in and be an immediate impact player."

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   GERALD OWENS
RB | 6-1 | 252 | Thorofare, N.J. | West Deptford High School | Coach: Clyde Folsom | Primary Recruiter: Pat Narduzzi

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Orlando, Fla. . . . ranked among the nation's top fullbacks by ESPN.com (No. 1), 247Sports (No. 1), Scout.com (No. 3) and Rivals.com (No. 4) . . . rated among the East's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 32) . . . listed among New Jersey's top seniors by 247Sports (No. 6), National Underclassmen (No. 7), ESPN.com (No. 10) and Rivals.com (No. 23) . . . named one of the nation's top players by 247Sports (No. 132) . . . three-year starter for Coach Clyde Folsom at West Deptford (N.J.) High School . . . three-time All-Colonial Conference selection . . . helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back South Jersey Group 2 titles in 2011-12 . . . West Deptford put together a 29-game winning streak during one stretch . . . rushed 134 times for 921 yards (6.9 avg.) and 14 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded four 100-yard rushing games in 2013, including 10 carries for a season-best 207 yards and four TDs in the opener vs. Gateway Regional . . . earned Group 2 all-state and All-South Jersey honors after setting career highs with 212 carries for 1,703 yards (8.0 avg.) and 26 TDs as a junior . . . produced 10 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including two 200-yard efforts . . . ran 28 times for 216 yards and five TDs in 42-28 win over Cedar Creek in 2012 South Jersey Group 2 Championship Game, as the Eagles capped off a perfect 13-0 season . . . carried 21 times for 220 yards and three scores vs. Woodbury in Week 2 . . . gained 1,563 yards on 163 attempts and scored 27 TDs as a sophomore . . . had 509 career carries for 4,187 yards (8.2 avg.) and set West Deptford all-time record with 69 total TDs . . . also lettered in wrestling . . . won district wrestling title at 220 pounds as a sophomore . . . son of James and Frances Owens . . . born July 1, 1996 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON OWENS: "Gerald Owens is a big, explosive tailback who has great vision and reminds me of T.J. Duckett. He has deceptive speed for a big man and has the ability to break tackles. Gerald is a multi-dimensional player who will fit great into our offensive system."

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   NICK PADLA
OL | 6-5 | 280 | Berrien Springs, Mich. | Berrien Springs High School | Coach: Bill Bergan | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the inaugural Michigan vs. Ohio High School Border Classic June 14 in Findlay, Ohio . . . rated one of the nation's top offensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 56) and 247Sports (No. 121) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 13), Lansing State Journal (No. 20), Rivals.com (No. 21), Detroit Free Press (No. 22), National Underclassmen (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 28) . . . garnered first-team all-state accolades from The Associated Press (Division 5-6) and Detroit Free Press (Division 5) . . . also earned first-team All-Wolverines Conference (West Division) honors . . . two-way lineman recorded 47 tackles, including six for losses, and returned an interception for a touchdown as a senior in 2013 . . . three-year starter for Coach Bill Bergan at Berrien Springs High School . . . son of Dennis and Keren Padla . . . born March 19, 1996 . . . undecided major . . . his brother Alex played one season of football at Saginaw Valley State University . . . his uncle Doug earned three letters at Temple (1968-70).

DANTONIO ON PADLA: "Toughness and determination define Nick Padla - he never left the field in high school. He's big and athletic with room to grow. His attitude on the football field should fit nicely in our offensive line room."

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   CASEY SCHREINER
OL | 6-4 | 280 | Bethel Park, Pa. | Bethel Park High School | Coach: Jeff Metheny | Primary Recruiter: Mark Staten

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Walk-on will be added to the 2014 roster . . . Named one of the top seniors in Western Pennsylvania (No. 42) by Preps.com . . . helped lead Bethel Park to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals as a junior in 2012 . . . two-year starter for Coach Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park High School . . . played three years on the varsity team . . . son of Mark and Laura Schreiner . . . born May 23, 1996 . . . plans to major in business/finance.

DANTONIO ON SCHREINER: "Casey had a great senior year playing for an outstanding coach in Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park High School. He had an excellent camp for us this past summer and is an extremely hard worker. We're looking forward to seeing his development on the offensive line."

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   MATT SOKOL
TE | 6-5 | 226 | Rochester, Mich. | Adams High School | Coach: Tony Patritto | Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 6, 2014, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . rated one of the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 20) . . . listed among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 5), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), 247Sports (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 14) and Lansing State Journal (No. 14) . . . played multiple positions in high school, including defensive line, linebacker and quarterback . . . three-year starter and two-year captain for Coach Tony Patritto . . . rushed for 289 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against Farmington on Oct. 4 . . . ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries against Oak Park on Sept. 13 . . . missed second half of his senior season with a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula; had three receptions for 26 yards and 11 solo tackles as a linebacker in six games . . . threw for more than 1,200 yards and rushed for more than 600 yards while playing quarterback his junior season . . . son of David and Kimberly Sokol . . . both of his parents were athletes at West Point . . . plans to major in accounting.

DANTONIO ON SOKOL: "Matt Sokol had a great high school career while playing multiple positions, but he'll focus on tight end for the Spartans. He's a very athletic and long body that can make plays in space. He has natural ball skills and the ability to run away from defenders. As a former quarterback in high school, he has a great understanding of offensive concepts."

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   ENOCH SMITH JR.
DL | 6-2 | 275 | Plainfield, Ill. | Mount Carmel High School | Coach: Frank Lenti | Primary Recruiter: Ron Burton

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named the South Bay West Coast Bowl Player of the Game after recording five sacks in the all-star game played in Redondo Beach, Calif. . . . also named the South Bay West Coast Player of the Year . . . selected by USA Football to the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team to face Team Canada in the 2014 International Bowl series Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington . . . ranks among the nation's top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 20), Scout.com (No. 30), 247Sports (No. 30) and ESPN.com (No. 32) . . listed among the state's top players by Rivals.com (No. 11), ESPN.com (No. 13) and 247Sports (No. 17) . . . ranked one of the top recruits in the Midwest by ESPN.com (No. 41) . . . helped lead the Caravan to back-to-back state championships (8A in 2012; 7A in 2013) . . . in the 2013 7A title game, the Caravan defense limited Lake Zurich to four first downs and 71 total yards . . . Mount Carmel finished the season with a 13-1 record in winning the school's 12th state title and the 11th of head coach Frank Lenti's career . . . the Caravan defense allowed just 96 points all season and produced six shutouts . . . recorded 48 tackles, including 14 for losses (47 yards) . . . earned second-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune . . . named to the Northwest Times of Indiana All-Area Illinois First Team . . . garnered first-team All-Catholic League Blue accolades . . . picked up all-state special mention honors from The News-Gazette and all-area special mention honors from the Southtown Star . . . son of Enoch Smith Sr. and Talisha Smith . . . born Dec. 25, 1995 . . . plans to major in engineering . . . attends the same high school that produced former MSU offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr.

DANTONIO ON SMITH JR.: "Enoch Smith has impressive athletic traits and possesses a high motor. We had him in camp and noticed he was very strong at the point of attack. We feel Enoch has the ability to be a disruptive three-technique in our defensive front. He comes from a great high school program in Mount Carmel, led by Frank Lenti. Enoch is a self-motivated, high character individual who will reach his goals both academically and athletically. He will be a light in the community."

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   MONTEZ SWEAT
DE | 6-6 | 220 | Stone Mountain, Ga. | Stephenson High School | Coach: Ron Gartrell | Primary Recruiter: Dave Warner

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked one of the top tight ends in the nation by ESPN.com (No. 26), Scout.com (No. 36) and 247Sports (No. 65) . . . recorded 33 tackles (17-16), including six for losses with one sack, in 12 games his senior season playing for Coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School . . . helped lead Stephenson to a 9-3 record and the round of 16 in the Georgia high school state playoffs (Class AAAAA) . . . also plays basketball; as a junior, averaged 12 points per game and ranked 10th in DeKalb County in rebounding (7.8 avg.), 13th in blocks (1.5 bpg.) and 19th in field-goal percentage (.522) . . . currently averaging 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as a senior . . . grandson of George and Deborah Sweat . . . born Sept. 4, 1996 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON SWEAT: "Montez Sweat will compete as a defensive end when he gets to campus. He has an excellent frame at 6-6 and will be a force on the edge for us. He's extremely athletic for his size and quick-bodied in short space. Montez is a versatile two-way player who excelled at the highest level of football in the state of Georgia."

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   JALEN WATTS-JACKSON
DB | 5-11 | 185 | Dearborn, Mich. | Orchard Lake St. Mary's | Coach: George Porritt | Primary Recruiter: Brad Salem

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked one of the top cornerbacks in the nation by ESPN.com (No. 33), Scout.com (No. 70) and 247Sports (No. 81) . . . listed as one of the top seniors in the state by The Detroit News (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 10), ESPN.com (No. 14), Lansing State Journal (No. 14), Rivals.com (No. 15), 247Sports (No. 18) and National Underclassmen (No. 18) . . . named one of the top prospects in the Midwest by ESPN.com (No. 91) . . . three-year starter for Coach George Porritt at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory High School . . . earned first-team all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press (Division 3), The Detroit News (Division 3-4) and The Associated Press (Division 3-4) . . . first-team All-Catholic League selection . . . recorded 39 solo tackles and had six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns . . . as a wide receiver, had 27 receptions for 369 yards and three touchdowns . . . also returned punts, averaging 16.9 yards on 17 returns, including three scores . . . also plays basketball . . . son of Rick and Terra Watts . . . born Dec. 13, 1995 . . . undecided major.

DANTONIO ON WATTS-JACKSON: "Jalen Watts-Jackson is another signee we had the opportunity to evaluate in our senior camp as a cornerback. He's very explosive, athletic, and displayed great change of direction in camp in a dominant performance. He also has very natural ball skills as a wide receiver. As a starter on the basketball team, you can see the attributes he has to be a very successful cover corner in our defense."

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