January 15, 2004

Recruiting Update for Jan 15th:

Domata Peko: Peko told Spartan Magazine last week that he was pretty sure he was going to come to MSU. Jim Comparoni tried to follow up with Peko earlier this week to try and confirm a commitment, but did not get in touch with him. He did speak with his brother, Suki, who indicated that MSU is in very good shape.

The State News story states "A familiar name will be part of the MSU football team next season" and then says "If he commits, Peko said he would come to MSU in June to begin training."

So there are still some questions, especially considering that Peko's brother told Comparoni on Sunday night that both he and Domato will take an official visit to Hawaii this weekend. Suki, a linebacker prospect, is not being pursued by MSU.

We fully expect Domato Peko to be at MSU. Once we get the official word we will let MSU fans know.

Hugh D'Imperio: We tried to catch up with LB Hugh D'Imperio twice last night. He was meeting with Tennessee coaches for several hours. We did speak with his father and he talked about how Hugh is enjoying the process. D'Imperio has 2 visits left, Tennessee and Va Tech. A recent Tennessee report indicated that Va Tech's proximity to New Jersey (8 hours) could make them a favorite. I can say without a doubt that it doesn't matter where Hugh D'Imperio goes, his family will be extremely supportive. Hugh has a little brother that is a heck of a player too. He will be a junior next year. You can be sure that if the Spartans are able to get one D'Imperio, they will be back at Washington Township hoping to add another.

MSU LB Coach Mike Cox was at D'Imperio's championship game. That tells Spartan Magazine that D'Imperio is being looked at as a LB for MSU, not DE. D'Imperio moves well in space for someone his size. He reminds us of former Spartan and NFL LB Rob Fredrickson.

Dion Gales: We spoke with Gales last night. News broke the other day that Gales was planning a visit to MSU. Another story then stated that a conflict had arisen over the date of a Miami visit. When we spoke with Gales he informed us that he still has Ole Miss, MSU and LSU set for the next 3 weeks. Miami wants him to come the weekend of Jan 30th. That is the weekend he plans on taking the LSU visit. Why Miami has slow-played Gales is unknown. The Miami recruiting site reported that Gales still needs to get his test score. That could be one reason Miami has cooled a bit. The inside word is that Miami is being a bit more selective this year on the academic front. Miami has had high numbers of kids not qualify the past few years.

Nader Abdallah: We did not call Abdallah, as we know he is very busy entertaining coaches. In addition, he wants to keep his promise and visit all 5 schools before he names any favorite or makes a decision. We did get an e-mail from his brother that updated his schedule. In the past 2 days Abdallah has had coaches from MSU, Colorado, Florida State (Bowden) and Tennessee (Fulmer) visit. Ohio State is also scheduled to stop in later this week. Spartan Head Coach John L Smith, DL Coach Steve Stripling and QB Coach Doug Nussmeier all visited Abdallah earlier this week. It is clear from our observations that Abdallah is the one high school DT the Spartans hope to bring in. The Spartans are no longer recruiting Carl Howard, Neil Smith or Kenny Love. The Spartans DT situation necessitates a player who is physically ready and mature enough to contribute early in his career. Abdallah is that type of player. Abdallah recenlty moved up the Rivals rankings, but is still vastly underrated in opur opinion.

Kenny Jackson He is the JUCO WR from Bakersfield College. Bakersfield College is on break until late January and Jackson apparently is back in the Ft Myers Florida area. We have been able to confirm that both MSU and Iowa State have offered Jackson. Iowa State coaches were visiting Jackson last night. We also were able to watch some film of Jackson recently. What impressed us, in addition to his WR skills, was his tenacity on blocking. Jackson looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers WR the way he was engaging DB's on every running play. Teh Spartans are viewed as the strong leader over ISU.

Bryan Brighton: As was reported on the Underground Bunker message board, Bryan Brighton has shot up the recruiting rankings of Tom Lemming. The fact that someone rates Brighton in the top 200 players in the country and #25 in the Midwest is not a total surprise to us. The fact that it is Tom Lemming ranking him there is, though. Lemming has always seemed to favor UM recruits, and his contacts in Michigan seem to be much more UM based. We had Brighton rated above players like Morgan Trent and Isaac Price 8 months ago. It looks like Tom Lemming has figured things out before many other national gurus.

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