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Locked On Spartans podcast is the daily podcast that keeps you ahead of the games and the first to know the latest news, analysis, and insider info for the Michigan State Spartans. Hosted by Matt Sheehan, the Locked On Spartans podcast provides your daily Michigan State Spartans fix with expert opinions, film reviews, interviews with athletes and coaches, recaps, local analysis, and coverage of all things Sparty. From the legendary gridiron battles at Spartan Stadium to the dazzling skills o ...
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Michigan State football will kickoff its 2024 as a team that's in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, but what teams are they ahead of and who are they behind? We talk with Sean Merriman of FOX Sports and go through where our Spartans and the other 17 teams stand ahead of the inaugural new Big Ten season. Plus, we head to the hardwood to talk ab…
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Michigan State football recruiting added another pair of names to the 2025 class as wide receiver Charles Taplin and tight end Jayden Savoury committed to the Spartans. What will each kid bring to the class, and how does MSU recruiting stack up nationally for the 2025 class? Plus, recruiting news and notes on newly offered offensive tackle Justin B…
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What has to happen for Michigan State football and Jonathan Smith for year one to be deemed a success? And is offensive line coach Jim Michalczik the best hire Smith made this off-season? We talk with Chris Vannini of The Athletic to pick his brain about the year ahead for MSU football. Plus, we talk about which game MSU and their opponent can’t lo…
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Michigan State football recruiting is set to host six recruits this weekend, from class commit Emmett Bork to 4-stars Bobby Kanka and Grant Beerman. Where does each visitor stack up in the recruiting rankings, and who is the top competition for the Spartans. We are then joined by Locked On recruiting expert Brian Smith to pick his brain about Jonat…
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Jonathan Smith, Brian Lindgren and the coaching staff have had a busy off-season retooling the roster, but did it leave the offense in a better situation across the board? We take a position-by-position look from Aidan Chiles and the quarterbacks to Ashton Lepo and the lineman with Brendan Moore of Spartan Illustrated. But first, what numbers favor…
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Michigan State football recruiting got a lift this weekend with speedy wide receiver Braylon Collier and interior offensive lineman Drew Nichols adding their names to the 2025 class. What will each player offer to Jonathan Smith and the Spartans? Plus, who did MSU just shockingly jump in the recruiting rankings? Plus, we get into where MSU projects…
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Michigan State basketball makes its final assistant spot official with the hiring of former Michigan assistant coach Saddi Washington. Why do we love this hire by Tom Izzo, and what are the other moves made inside the program? We also take a look at the weekend ahead of recruiting for Jonathan Smith and MSU recruiting, from Braylon Collier potentia…
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Football whiz Al Karsten joins the show to offer his knowledge on all things Michigan State football. From last year's run game to this upcoming fall, what will the biggest differences be and how will running backs Nate Carter and Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams benefit from them? We also take a gander at Joe Rossi's defensive scheme, how its designed to make …
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Michigan State football has no shortage of must-see games coming up, but if we could only watch three...which ones are we choosing? From the measuring stick of Jonathan Smith's program to what other teams in the conference will look like, Kevin Grech of @spartan_pod and Matt discuss their three most intriguing games. Then, a game of "True or False"…
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Michigan State football is nearly done completing its roster for the upcoming season, so we take a look at the top additions to the team this off-season. From D’Quan Douse to Aidan Chiles and everyone in between, who will make the biggest impact for MSU this season? We also get to mailbag questions on Aidan Chiles comparisons and whether or not we …
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Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal and The Couch And The Rube Podcast joins the show to talk about his recent chat with MSU athletic director Alan Haller. From keeping non-revenue sports alive to people calling for Haller's firing and from Central Michigan being silent to Spartan Stadium naming rights, we hit on every topic that Graham got i…
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There is no shortage of hype around Aidan Chiles this off-season, but can he realistically break any MSU passing records while at MSU? We found two single-season records that could be in danger the next few years should he hit his potential. And between Cal Haladay, Jordan Hall, Dillon Tatum, Malik Spencer and more, who will be the heartbeat and le…
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Michigan State football and basketball are both heading into massive seasons for different reasons, but one line item remains the same – their floor and ceiling is a wide gap. What has us thinking MSU football can get up to nine wins, and just how good can Tom Izzo and the basketball team be this upcoming season? And also…where is the basement for …
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There's been plenty of roster turnover and exciting additions for Michigan State football this off-season on the defensive side of the ball. Which position groups got better and which got worse from last year? We talk with Maxwell Klitzke to talk about who improved from the cornerbacks under the new haul of Lejond Cavazos and Ed Woods to the depart…
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MSU football head coach Jonathan Smith isn't one to draw headlines and we're only a few months into his tenure, but what have we learned about him and the Spartans so far? From how he structures a roster from behind the scenes to his assistants that are hitting the ground running, we talk about what's been moving the needle in East Lansing. Support…
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As we know by now, Michigan State football has been busy in the portal cycle – especially this spring. We try to sort out the top end talent with Al Karsten as we rank our top three pickups this spring by Jonathan Smith. We then talk about what Al has been loving when he’s watching Brian Lindgren’s offense and what could translate over immediately …
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Michigan State football saw itself shoot up the transfer portal team rankings after adding Semaj Bridgeman, Nikai Martinez and Jeremiah Hughes before the weekend. Where have the Spartan improved the most and what needs did it feel? Plus, in the wake of the Jaden Mangham transfer, was this an example of good general managing work by Jonathan Smith? …
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Well, well, well. That was quite the off-season Friday. MSU football lands a commit from Semaj Bridgeman, who was a former Michigan Wolverine. But first, Michigan lands Jaden Mangham...who was a former Spartan. Chaos amongst the fan bases ensues, but why are these two tales different from one another? And MSU was busy earlier too, landing Nikai Mar…
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Michigan State got another stout defensive tackle transfer in Ben Roberts AKA BIG WORM out of Oregon. What does the latest transfer under Jonathan Smith mean, and how does it fix a hole from the last staff? Also, what to watch for this weekend including Jeremiah Hughes and Kobee Minor possibly being on commit watch after their recent visits. We are…
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Michigan State football recruiting added another in-state kid to its 2025 class as Jace Clarizio commits to Jonathan Smith and the Spartans. He joins Charles White and Di'Mari Malone as players top-ranked at their positions in the state of Michigan. Also, MSU is not done yet trying to add talent to the cornerback position as Jeremiah Hughes and Kob…
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The MSU football win total started a tad low and got even lower this week as it sits at a cool 4.5 wins. Which…seems very doable even for year one of a rebuild for Jonathan Smith and Co. Why are we feeling OK about the over here, what pitfalls does MSU have to avoid and where do their opponents fall on this too? Also, we bring everyone up to speed …
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Michigan State football got another pickup in the transfer portal that has suddenly turned a weak position room into a pretty decent one with Lejond Cavazos committing to the Spartans. What does Cavazos add to the secondary, and with the recent addition of Ed Woods has MSU done enough at cornerback to turn this concern into a positive for the team?…
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Michigan State football had itself a busy mid-May weekend that started and ended with linebacker help coming to East Lansing. From the Sunday commitment of Di’Mari Malone to the Friday transfer portal commit of Marcellius Pulliam, we talk about what each player brings and why its important to land these kids. Also, in the midst of those two commits…
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Michigan State football is right on the cusp between "winning" and "losing" this off-season, so we dragged on Connor Muldowney of Spartan Shadows to decide what side the Spartans are on. Plus, we talk about breakout stars like Jaron Glover and Jalen Thompson before debating what to do with the No. 1 jersey moving forward. And then...just how much p…
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Michigan State transfer Jaden Mangham is set to visit Ohio State, Nebraska and...Michigan. Which, sure, was fine...until family members and former players started chiming in. What did everyone have to say, and why is this another sign of good changes to come for MSU? Plus, who will surprise on the football field this year from Brennan Parachek to Q…
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Michigan State football had an up and down transfer portal season, but is it enough to say MSU is "losers" and "imploding"?? Well, one major outlet thinks so and we are going to set the record straight on that. From who Michigan State really lost in the portal to who they also gained, we talk about how MSU isn't losers (or winners). We then dive in…
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Michigan State football picked up two transfer portal additions for its defensive line in Cincinnati's Tyler Gillison and Nebraska's Ru'Quan Buckley. Where will they slide into on the depth chart, and is MSU getting deep enough around the defense to shore up concerns or is there still work to be done? We also get to mailbag questions on NIL, best h…
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Michigan State quarterback Aidan Chiles joins the show to talk about what he saw within himself and the rest of the team after spring practice. From teammates that have surprised him the most to how coach Jonathan Smith has been during this transition, we get to talk about everything from his few months in East Lansing. Also, we end with a two minu…
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Michigan State football, once again, had a roller coaster day that ended on a high note with Andrew Dennis committing to the Spartans (again). What does the former Illini bring to the offensive line room, and where would MSU recruiting ranking net out if he was in last year's class? Also, Brandon Lane is no longer coming here, Jay'Vier Suggs is not…
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It was a frantic finish to the spring transfer portal window for MSU football, but did Michigan State football end out just fine after the spring portal cycle? And between Brandon Lane, Ed Woods and Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams, who is the top transfer get this spring and what does it say about the work Jonathan Smith is doing? We get to it with Ryan O'Blen…
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What a whirlwind day for Michigan State and Jonathan Smith as the Spartans kick things off with a big commitment from transfer cornerback Ed Woods out of Arizona State. But then, MSU transfer portal departures kept rolling with Geno VanDeMark, Jaren & Jaden Mangham and Ethan Boyd all submitting their names to leave on the portal's final day. What d…
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Michigan State football is in the midst of a visit with Arizona State cornerback Ed Woods, who would be a really nice pickup for Jonathan Smith and the Spartans. What would his commitment mean for MSU, and who else do the Spartans have to stave off for him? Also, former 4-star commit Andrew Dennis is in the transfer portal -- could the former MSU c…
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A very busy weekend at Michigan State started with Stephen F. Austin defensive tackle transfer Brandon Lane to soften the blow of Derrick Harmon and Simeon Barrow's departure. Will he be a day one starter, and why are so many power five teams after him? Also, Antonio Gates Jr. comes back out of the portal to keep the receiver room full of young tal…
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Michigan State football loses Malcom Jones in the portal, which is starting to have us concerned about the depth at the cornerback position behind the starting unit. Will this end up being a cause for massive concern for Jonathan Smith? And we tie up some loose ends with mailbag questions in the wake of Derrick Harmon and Simeon Barrow dipping for …
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Michigan State football added a nice piece to Jonathan Smith's offense this week with running back Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams out of UMass. What does the sixth-year running back bring to the table, and how will him and Nate Carter co-exist in the backfield? Also, Bai Jobe, Jalen Berger and Jack Nickel are the latest Spartans to go swimming in the portal. …
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Bad News: Derrick Harmon becomes the second starting defensive lineman to enter the portal. Good News: Frankie Fidler commits to Tom Izzo and MSU basketball to fill a big hole on next year's squad. We are joined by Stephen Brooks of 247Sports to talk about the good, the bad and everything in between that happened to MSU. And with the NFL Draft on t…
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Michigan State football and Jonathan Smith landed its first commit for the 2025 class in 3-star Leo Hannan. What does the California kid show that has us thinking a 4-star bump is near, and why is he an important anchor for this class? MSU transfer portal news got busy with Anthony Jones being added while Antonio Gates Jr., Sean Brown and Davion Pr…
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We take a position-by-position look at the Michigan State spring practice finale at Spartan Stadium. From quarterbacks Aidan Chiles and Tommy Schuster all the way to Quindarius Dunnigan and D'Quan Douse, we give the full breakdown of what we saw on the field and more -- including MSU transfer portal targets. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! M…
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Michigan State football heads into day three of the spring portal window with just two new entries since the window opened, the latest being Eddie Pleasant. However, MSU has set a visit with Auburn wide receiver transfer Ja'Varrius Johnson which could be a perfect fit in the Jonathan Smith and Brian Lindgren offense. We are then joined by MSU women…
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Mike Jones of the Can't Read Can't Write show joins to talk about all things Michigan State football and basketball. MSU just lost one player on Tuesday in the transfer portal in Braden Miller, but that led to a conversation on the offensive line as we have one more week of spring practice left. Can they be trusted, and has offensive coordinator Br…
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Michigan State and the college football world enters another transfer portal cycle as the spring window opens on Tuesday. What will there be to watch out for, and what are the positions of need for MSU as spring practice is nearing a close? And would Oregon State running back Damien Martinez be a good fit here? Also, Frankie Fidler pushes back his …
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With Michigan State football kicking off in 20 weekends, we take a look at what to get fired up about in Jonathan Smith's first year. From the new staff with Brian Lindgren and Joe Rossi to newcomers like Wayne Matthews, Jordan Turner and Nick Marsh there is plenty to look forward to. Now all we have to do is just wait for that opening kickoff at S…
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Outside of the quarterback play of Aidan Chiles, what does Michigan State football need to do in order to hit its ceiling in 2024? From helping out the sophomore quarterback to finding a top target (perhaps in Jack Velling), we talk about what Jonathan Smith needs to get out of his team to hit their potential. Also, which Michigan State basketball …
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Michigan State football defensive coordinator Joe Rossi spoke to the media on Tuesday and was asked about the rush edge position. That had us thinking...who is going to be that versatile player for MSU this season? From Ken Talley to Jalen Thompson, we wonder who will be the one Rossi plugs into that role. Also, the MSU football Spring Showcase has…
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Michigan State football is still sitting without a commit for 2025, but will the ball start rolling soon for Jonathan Smith's first full cycle in East Lansing? We are joined by Locked On recruiting expert Brian Smith Between in-state targets like Desmond Straughton, where should MSU fans keep their attention? And with the recent visits from out of …
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Matt Wenzel of MLive joins the show to talk all things Michigan State football. From the difference in the atmosphere with new head coach Jonathan Smith to what the players are saying, what's been the big takeaways from the spring practice session? Also, why did Dillon Tatum move back to safety and could there be optimism that cornerback is going t…
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Michigan State basketball had itself a busy day in transfer portal news with Mady Sissoko entering the portal and Omaha's Frankie Fidler naming MSU in his final four schools. What does the Sissoko departure mean for MSU's off-season and beyond, and how can we help Sissoko in his incredible mission of humanitarian work? Donate here at: https://madys…
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