Big Board: Defensive Line

Big Board: Defensive Line

Michigan State sits No. 1 for one of the nation's top defensive ends and is targeting many more.

Just like they did on the offensive line in 2014, Michigan State brought in a lot of prospects – a lot of top prospects. It was probably the most impressive defensive line haul around East Lansing in quite some time.

With probable immediate contributors like Malik McDowell and Craig Evans in the picture, the Spartans also added depth with David Beedle, Montez Sweat and Robert Bowers in the class.

We take a look at some players on the radar in the 2015 class as the Spartans look to keep loading up in the trenches.

The names:

Jashon Cornell – Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)

Cornell is among the nation's top-ranked defensive ends and still claims the Spartans as his leader. Following his spring game visit, Michigan State moved all the way to the top for Cornell and have not lost their lead in the month or so since then. He has offers from anyone and everyone, so that could change, but right now, the Spartans hold the top spot.

Joshua Alabi – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

Alabi could play either inside or outside on the line in college or even offensive tackle, but we will leave him on the defensive line for this. Alabi was offered by Michigan State a while ago and with the door open to Cass Tech these days, MSU is thick in the mix. Tennessee has been Alabi's favorite at many points, with the Spartans and Michigan – and maybe even Wisconsin – in the top few.

Elijah Taylor – Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller

Moeller has been good to Michigan State in recent years, with Greg Jones, Marcus Rush, Shane Jones and Monty Madaris all being products of the powerhouse. Taylor could be the next one, but Notre Dame and Ohio State could be tough to beat. He has visited Michigan State plenty and knows about the program, of course, so the Spartans should be well in the picture until his decision is made.

Darrell Taylor – Hopewell (Va.)

Taylor has said Michigan State is in his top group, which bodes well for the Spartans as defensive line coach Ron Burton is his primary recruiter in the Virginia – and is looking to get players from that area to Michigan State.

CeCe Jefferson – Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker Country

Scout.com's No. 1-ranked defensive end said recently he hopes to visit Michigan State this summer. He, like Cornell, holds offers from just about everyone. It is hard to see Michigan State being a big player in Jefferson's recruitment, but being mentioned as a possible visit is a plus.

Trenton Thompson – Albany (Ga.) Westover

Like Jefferson, Thompson is the No. 1 player at his position on Scout.com and also hopes to visit Michigan State – at least that has been some of the buzz around him. Will he spurn in-state Georgia and the rest of the SEC? Again, like Jefferson, that's tough to imagine, but the Spartans are getting attention from top players these days.

Immanuel Stinson – Romulus (Mich.)

Stinson reported an offer a while back, but it had not actually come through. He will camp Sunday in hopes of landing that offer. Stinson has nice size, but is pretty raw overall. It will take a good showing this weekend to land an offer, but if he does, he probably winds up at Michigan State.

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