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“We’re a young team.”
Michigan State players and coaches have been saying it all year. With fewer than 10 scholarship seniors on the roster, inexperienced players have risen to the challenge. And it might be most evident in the wide receiver corps.
Junior Felton Davis has led the way with 658 yards and 8 touchdowns. Right behind him, sophomore Darrell Stewart Jr. has 486 yards and a pair of scores. Freshmen Hunter Rison and Cody White have done their part as well, combining for nearly 700 yards and 2 touchdowns.
You won’t find a scholarship senior wide receiver on the roster, and Davis is the lone junior. Nevertheless, Michigan State has put as much emphasis on recruiting receivers for the 2018 class as it has on any other position.
Ja’Vez Alexander and Julian Major, both 3-star prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings, have already committed and plan to enroll early. But the Spartans aren’t done. They continue to pursue several talented receivers in hopes of adding a third.
— Jalen Rasheed Nailor (@SpeedyNailor) December 5, 2017
Jalen Nailor has been on Michigan State’s radar for a while. The Spartans offered the 3-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) speedster in May, only to see him commit to Arizona State in July. But after the Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham in late November, Nailor reopened his recruitment.
Michigan State capitalized. One week later, wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel was at Nailor’s home looking to make a late run at the No. 134 receiver in the nation.
“Coach Samuel came to visit me two weeks ago and that was a very positive conversation,” Nailor told Land of 10. “He sees me as a vertical threat and he likes how I play in open space. He also mentioned that I could have the opportunity to help out in the return game.”
At 5-foot-11, Nailor doesn’t have the size of the Spartans’ other top receiver target, Tommy Bush. He’s instead known for his speed. According to MaxPreps, he caught 41 passes for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
It’s not just the coaches who want him. Nailor said his teammate, Michigan State offensive line commit Jacob Isaia, has been in his ear about the Spartans. Nailor said he anticipates taking an official visit in January. He will know for sure after Michigan State plays in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28. But even before getting on campus, he likes the thought of playing for the Spartans.
“I know I could be a great fit,” he said.
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