Irvington’s ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage shrank the running gaps for Montclair running back Jordan Williams and accorded quarterbacks Michael Robinson and Soloman Brennan little time to spot their receivers. “Every time they got a stop, I knew we had to score. After returning home from the visit in late August and going through a checklist of which school fit him best, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker made his choice. The Huskers continue to pursue second-level defenders and they have a bunch of versatile ones. If he were to choose MSU, he would be the second Garden State recruit for Mel Tucker’s inaugural class along with offensive guard Kevin Wigenton. And he and his defensive pals spent the evening taking all of the fun out of Montclair’s visit to their home turf. The Spartans are set to kickoff against the Hawkeyes for the 48th time, will they walk out of Iowa City with a victory? Our staff has not made any predictions for Mikai Gbayor yet. Don't miss any of the latest up to the second updates on Michigan State Sports when you follow on Twitter @HondoCarpenter @McLainGrant1 @JDeuceDullack, Michigan State Football vs. Iowa Official Game Thread, Michigan State Football vs. Michigan Official Game Thread. Montclair fumbled on the second play of the third quarter, and Morris-Jackson was there to retrieve it for the Blue Knights at the Mountie 44. Michigan State extended an offer to Gbayor back in April. The way they send their linebackers on blitzes, and the way their have their defensive tackles make way for their linebackers to make play, it's pretty cool. He also considered Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan State Spartans, and Ole Miss, and he was previously considered a Sparty lean. “We took the L last year (a 24-21 loss to Montclair), so we knew we had to come back from that. “He stepped up big today,” Gbayor said of Lockhart. Sign up for the DAILY Spartan Nation newsletter when you CLICK THE MAGAZINE ICON at the top left of the page or the FOLLOW button back on the main page. Henderson started the series with a 13-yard run, but then a penalty and a one-yard loss pushed Irvington back to the 37. MSU is a registered trademark of Michigan State University. “I’ve been here four years. You value local news. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. He looked around campus and got a feel for the city of Lincoln to go with the information the coaching staff already provided about the program and the school. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. He let me know what it was going to be like if I went to Nebraska.". Tell us what you think in the comment section below. “We already knew coming in we ha the mindset of winning. We were on it as soon as the game started.”. He made 88 tackles, including 34 for loss and 12 sacks, during his junior season. You didn't have to go far. 19 player in New Jersey, while 247 has him the 22nd best inside linebacker and the seventh best player in the Garden State. But Montclair gained just 17 yards in that drive. Secondly, he makes every tackle with a powerful thud! Welcome to Spartans Wire's European Union Experience. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. However, the vibe he got from Nebraska's coaching staff, including his lead recruiter, outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson, played a significant role in his decision. For the second week in a row, the Spartans are projected to face West Virginia in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. Mikai Gbayor is one of the top linebackers in the region coming off a dominant year in 2019. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. The Spartans offer 2022 three-star athlete Kenzy Paul out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their defense is pretty cool.". We need your support. The other schools featured in his top-5 are Ole Miss, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Nebraska. That was the third straight victory for Irvington (5-1), which posted its second shutout this season and has allowed only 14 points over the last three games since a 24-0 loss to Pope John. Want the latest breaking MSU news delivered straight to your email for FREE? "I didn't get the chance to go in the stadium, but everything was pretty close. He also forced four fumbles. Gbayor's top five also included Kentucky, Ole Miss and West Virginia, but it was Michigan State that was the other finalist and a pair of New Jersey prospects committed to the Spartans -- offensive linemen Geno VanDeMark and Kevin Wigenton -- were pushing hard for him to join them. However, he visited Lincoln last weekend, and after experiencing the city and the campus clearly loved it because once he got back the home crystal balls came flying in for the Huskers. His commitment continues a connection between Nebraska and the Garden State. This site is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with Michigan State University. — Mikai Gbayor (@MGbayor) September 1, 2020 Mikai Gbayor currently plays for Irvington High School in New Jersey and he is the No. BetMGM: Michigan State Football odds tightening against Iowa, WATCH: MSU Football releases new hype video ahead of Iowa match-up, Michigan State Football vs. Iowa: Where to watch, listen, stream, REPORT: MSU Basketball to play at Duke in Champions Classic, Locked On Spartans: Michigan State vs. Iowa preview, Former Michigan State cornerback Josh Butler teases acting role, Michigan State QB Rocky Lombardi named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week, WATCH: Michigan State's Xavier Tillman No. “I’m gonna be honest: I love my line. Junior quarterback Al-Muhaymin Lockhart passed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, senior Al-Jay Henderson rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, and the Gbayor-led defense limited Montclair to 137 combined yards to steer Irvington to a 37-0 victory in the first annual Belt Game and on Senior Night Friday in Irvington. So, the Spartans will have another Big Ten university to compete against. "I really liked the college town. Mikai Gbayor released his top five schools, BetMGM: Michigan State Football odds tightening against Iowa, WATCH: MSU Football releases new hype video ahead of Iowa match-up, Michigan State Football vs. Iowa: Where to watch, listen, stream, REPORT: MSU Basketball to play at Duke in Champions Classic, Locked On Spartans: Michigan State vs. Iowa preview, Former Michigan State cornerback Josh Butler teases acting role, Michigan State QB Rocky Lombardi named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week, WATCH: Michigan State's Xavier Tillman No. Gbayor must have also known before kickoff that the best way to overcome his pain was as by making somebody else feel even worse. While 247 has us ranked 22nd in the country, 6th in the conference, and 3rd in the West division. Mikai Gbayor planned to make his college decision in early June, but that went by the wayside when he was unable to make spring visits. Anthony Ellis kicked a 25-yard field goal to close a five-play drive with 6:34 to go in the third quarter, and Lockart scored on a 4-yard run 31 seconds in the fourth quarter for a 37-0 advantage. “He still has a lot to learn, and he’s got to keep getting better, but he’s gonna be good.”. Two series later, Irvington started at its 38-yard line after a punt, and struck three plays later on a pass from Lockhart down the middle and behind coverage to Nasir Addison for a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. 22 in the team rankings. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Spartan Nation publisher Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. is here to answer all your questions regarding Michigan State football. It was really a cool place, a chill place. 7 ranked payer in New Jersey in the 247Sports rankings. Lockhart hooked up with one of those seniors, tight end Latrell Couchman, on a 12-yard pass later in the second quarter to raise Irvington’s lead to 21-0. Mikai Gbayor, three-star linebacker, put Michigan State in his top-5 schools. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound Gbayor hails from Irvington, New Jersey in the northeast part of the state and plays his prep ball for Irvington High. The coaches there have been doing a great job of recruiting me. Meanwhile, that steady, stubborn play continually furnished the Irvington offense with favorable field position, and Lockhart and Henderson were prepared to capitalize. Spartan Nation senior writer Jon Schopp is here to discuss Michigan State's 49-7 blowout loss to Iowa. “They held it down,” Lockhart said of his defense. 41 prospect at his position in the recruiting class of 2021, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. “I knew behind them, nothing was gonna happen to me.”. He recently released his top eight list of schools as he … Mike Kinney may be reached at mkinney@njadvancemedia.com. On third-and-16, Lockhart escaped a an almost sure sack and, while falling forward off the hit, he pushed a pass across the middle to Adon Shuler, who caught it at the 19 and raced to the end zone for a 28-0 lead with 9:33 to go. Welcome to Speed City. Mikai Gbayor currently plays for Irvington High School in New Jersey and he is the No. Three-star linebacker, Mikai Gbayor, released his top-5 schools last week, and Michigan State was one of the universities that made the cut. — Mikai Gbayor (@MGbayor) June 9, 2020 MSU offered Gbayor back in April. He also has offers from LSU, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Alabama, Cincinnati, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, and Kent State. Mikai Gbayor said that even before the game against Montclair was underway, he was already feeling a little bad about playing his last home game at Irvington.

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