Former Michigan State LB Chase Kline to headline Eastern Michigan Recruiting Class of 2022

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YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan weren’t the busiest college football team in the first signing period on Wednesday.

But the Eagles have added a few key players to their schedule, including a well-known move to East Lansing.

Eastern Michigan signed seven players, highlighted by former Michigan State linebacker Chase Kline, who entered the transfer portal in late September.

Kline appeared in four games as a junior redshirt for the Spartans in 2021, recording 11 tackles. He ended his career at East Lansing with 52 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack.

In addition to Kline, EMU added six other players – four on offense and two on defense – and placed 10th by 247Sports among schools in the Mid-American Conference.

“Although they are a small class overall, they are an extremely talented group that really fits our culture,” said EMU head coach Chris Creighton in a statement from press Wednesday. “We can’t wait for these guys to get here. “

The Eastern Michigan football team will face Liberty at the Lending Tree Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.

Below is a breakdown of the 2022 EMU recruiting class for the first signing period.

Joshua Anderson

Position: Offensive line

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Florissant, Missouri

Measurable elements: 6-5, 300 pounds

Anderson is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Bennie Anderson. He prepared for Westminster Christian Academy and was selected three times by all conferences and was ranked among Missouri’s Top 25 Prospects.

Maliek bogard

Position: Defensive end

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Beggs, Oklahoma

Measurable elements: 6-6, 230 pounds

Bogard won a four-year letter for Beggs High School and averaged 14 tackles per game as a senior en route to all-state honors.

He preferred EMU to offers from Kansas, Iowa and Indiana, among others.

Mack indestad

Position: Offensive line

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Lemont, Illinois

Measurable elements: 6-7, 265 pounds

Ranked as Illinois’ No. 39 rookie and served as a team captain at Lemont High School. Finished the senior season with 60 pancake blocks and allowed just two rushed QBs.

Tall White Elijah Jackson-Anderson (2) breaks a tackle and runs for a touchdown in the MHSAA Division 1 Quarter-Final game against Rochester Adams on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Howell High School. (Isaac Ritchey | MLive.com)Isaac Ritchey | MLive.com

Elijah Jackson-Anderson

Position: To recover

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Flint, Michigan (Grand Blanc)

Measurable elements: 5-11, 188 pounds

Jackson-Anderson was one of the best running backs in the state as a senior and helped Grand Blanc achieve the best season on the program. He rushed 173 times for 1,226 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games and caught 24 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns.

He also received offers from Cincinnati, the state of Iowa, and western and central Michigan.

College football: Michigan v Michigan State - November 16, 2019

Michigan defensive lineman Taylor Upshaw (91) pushes Michigan State linebacker Chase Kline (21) after a kick return in the second quarter of their Big Ten football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor , Saturday November 16, 2019 (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Chase kline

Position: linebacker

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Chardon, Ohio (State of Michigan)

Measurable elements: 6-4, 234 pounds

Kline joins the Eastern Michigan team after starting his career with MSU. He will be immediately eligible to play for the Eagles in 2022.

Max Reese

Position: Tight end

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Elmhurst, Illinois

Measurable elements: 6-3, 226 pounds

Reese enters the EMU program as one of its highest-ranking recruits in the 2022 class. He is ranked 27th for the state of Illinois and 84th in the country.

He was a team captain this season at Fenwick High School and helped lead the team to a 12-1 record and a state championship.

As a senior, Reese caught 79 passes for 1,473 yards and 18 touchdowns and won all-state honors twice during his preparation career.

Reese chose the Eagles over Arizona State, Kansas and several MAC schools.

Thayer Thomas, Joseph Sparacio

North Carolina State wide receiver Thayer Thomas (87) carries the ball against Boston College linebacker Joseph Sparacio (34) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boston, on Saturday October 19, 2019 (AP Photo / Michael Dwyer)PA

Joe sparacio

Position: linebacker

Evaluation: 3 stars

From: Naples, Florida (Boston College)

Measurable elements: 5-11, 225 pounds

Sparacio joins Kline as transfer linebacker for EMU. He has recorded five tackles and played 11 games for Boston College this season. He has recorded 61 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one interception in 31 career games in British Columbia. Sparacio will be senior at UEM.