EAST LANSING - Michigan State planned to take four offensive lineman in their first recruiting class under new offensive line coach Dan Roushar and four solid building blocks are what they got.
MSU has the makings of a solid group of interior linemen led by a tandem that could be one of the most formidable in the Big Ten in a few years. Guard Chase Dumphord of Paris, KY and tackle Arthur Ray of Chicago Mt. Carmel are the stars of MSU offensive line group.
Dumphord, 6-foot-5, 300-pounds, has been extremely close lipped about his school of choice and never gave a public verbal commitment, but these words should put Spartans fans at ease.
"He's going to sign with Michigan State on signing day," Paris coach Brian Washington said. "He's settled in with his decision."
One of the Midwest Top 100 players, Dumphord drew interest from several top programs before settling on MSU where he projects as a true left tackle.
A possible running mate for Dumphord could be guard Arthur Ray, a true old fashioned mauler from Chicago Mt. Carmel. AT 6-foot-3, 305, he is the kind of big, physical, athletic lineman that the Spartans targeted from day one. His verbal was a big coup for the Spartans and their desire to play "smash mouth" football.
Joining the class are two big offensive tackles, highly recruited Jared McGaha of Powell, TN at 6-foo-6, 270-pounds has the footwork and the ability to move in space that could project him inside, but he will likely be a prospect at right tackle. Joining McGaha is Milford's Joel Foreman. Foreman, who played tackle in high school at 6-foot-3, 295-pounds projects as a guard at the next level.
MSU's group is talented and solid. Look for these four to form the nucleus of a solid, physical offensive line.