Though football season has yet to kickoff for the recruits that will comprise the class of 2014, several class of 2015 prospects have already picked up scholarship offers. By the looks of it, the class of 2015 could be very strong with blue-chip prospects at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive end and offensive line. Below is a look at half a dozen names to watch for this fall:
■ DL Joshua Alabi of Detroit Cass Tech: At 6-foot-4, 260-pounds Alabi already has the size college coaches love to see. Big Ten heavyweight programs such as MSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska have already offered a scholarship. At this point in his development Alabi compares very favorably to former Spartans and current Denver Bronco defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson from an ability standpoint.
■ QB Jayru Campbell of Detroit Cass Tech: All the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Campbell has done in his first two seasons is lead Cass Tech High School to back to back state titles. Several schools have already offered such as MSU, Notre Dame, Alabama and Wisconsin. Though some characterize Campbell as dual threat quarterback, his is more in the mold of Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.
■ ATH Brian Cole of Saginaw: One of the biggest arguments college coaches are going to have is what position Cole will play at the next level. Position coaches will be doing everything they can to get the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder playing in their group. Cole is the best all-around athlete to come out of Saginaw since All-American Stu Schweigert. MSU, U-M and OSU have already offered him a scholarship.
■ OL Kyonta Stallworth of St. Clair Shores South Lake: At 6-foot-4, 275-pounds Stallworth has excellent size for a player his age. What makes him a unique offensive line prospect is his balance and quickness. Stallworth will almost certainly be one of the most highly recruited offensive line prospects in the Midwest for 2015. Early scholarship offers from MSU, UCLA and Florida are the tip of the iceberg for this blue-chip prospect.
■ SS/LB Tyriq Thompson of Detroit King: The 6-foot-0, 206-pound Thompson had an impressive showing this spring at several camps. His combination of size and speed could land him at safety or he could grow into an outside linebacker. The son of former U-M player Clarence Thompson, the younger Thompson already has offers from Illinois and Wisconsin. The Spartans are very interested in him as well.
■ RB Mike Weber of Detroit Cass Tech: The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Weber rushed for over a 1000-yards as a sophomore while leading the Technicians to the Division 1 State Championship. His play got better as the season progressd an he is primed fora huge season this fall. Weber has the ability to run with speed and power which has led to early offers from MSU, U-M, OSU.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for spartanmag.com and rivals.com