The D Zone

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Michigan State snags two studs from D1 contenders

Michigan State's Elite 1-Day camp this past weekend was absolutely loaded with talent.  Two of the Spartans top targets committed shortly after the camp.  Belleville 2018 CB Davion Williams committed the day of the camp, shortly after it ended and Saline 2018 OT Dimitri Douglas committed two days later on Monday afternoon.

Saline and Belleville are tucked on the sides of Ann Arbor and are both expected to be contending for the Division 1 state championship in 2017.  In 2016 Saline actually beat Belleville in the first round of the playoffs and the two Spartan bound prospects could meet one more time before they pad up together.

Saline 2018 OL Dimitri Douglas is 6'4" 290 lbs and received 7 MAC offers, East Carolina, and a handful of FCS offers before he headed to MSU's 1-Day camp.  The point of a camp like that is obviously to earn an offer and that's the intentions Douglas had as he described why he committed as quickly as he did upon earning the offer from MSU, "I knew I wanted to play at MSU for a while so when they offered it was a no brainer."

Belleville 2018 CB Davion Williams held 17 offers and really started to blow up with bigger offers in April.  Michigan State offered during evaluation period in May.  Williams is a raw, long, and rangy prospect with huge upside was also direct in knowing he wanted to play for Michigan State, "I committed to MSU because not only is it my dream school, it’s the best fit for me.  Coach Barnet develops pros and I’d like to be a part of that!"

Douglas flashes immense versatility for a lineman as he has good balance, footwork, and moves well.  Douglas opened up on what Michigan State plans to do with him, "Coach Staten and I have been building a relationship for awhile and they see me playing guard or center in college."

Williams initially skipped the first two years of football to play basketball, he has no regrets now as he's lived out his dream to commit to Michigan State.  Williams shared how MSU plans to utilize his talents, "They like my ability to cover and play man and I’m an athletic corner."

During the process of earning the offer, Douglas was extremely dialed-in, knowing it could be, make or break on earning the offer.  Success normally goes hand-in-hand with having fun, doing what you love as Douglas explained his mindset during camp, "the camp competition was fierce, but the camp was a lot of fun."

Michigan State' huge camp day could pay dividends in the future as several offered underclassmen were attendance and West Bloomfield's WR duo; Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott are deciding this weekend.  Edit:  Mustapha committed to Wisconsin.

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