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Another busy day for Michigan State offers
The offers kept rolling in from Michigan State on Wednesday with the Spartans pursuing young prospects on offense.
The first of the day went to Jimmy Christ, a 2020 Dominion (Sterling, Va.) tackle. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound sophomore‘s primary recruiter at Michigan State is defensive tackles coach Ron Burton, who hails from Virginia and covers that state, as well as Maryland and Washington D.C.
Excited to have received an offer from Michigan State!!! pic.twitter.com/BCM0czGgoy
— Jimmy Christ (@Jimmy_Christ66) January 31, 2018
Christ added the offer to a list already including Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers and Virginia, among others. He is not yet ranked or rated by the 247Sports composite system.
Over in Texas, another Burton target announced an offer from Michigan State: 4-star Crandall High center Branson Bragg. Standing 6-4 and weighing 295 pounds, he ranks second among all centers in the 2019 class.
— Branson Bragg (@bransonbragg72) January 31, 2018
Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Texas and USC are among those to have already offered. He ranks 35th among all juniors from Texas.
And in Georgia, 2020 Callaway wide receiver Jacob Freeman announced a Michigan State offer. The 5-11 sophomore adds it to a list including Louisville, Mississippi State and Oregon.
— ™ (@__jaytoven2) January 31, 2018
Freeman teams up with Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, another 2020 receiver with a Spartans offer, at Callaway. They will have two more years together to wreak havoc in Region 5-AA.
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Michigan State does not yet have any commitments from the 2020 class, but it has 20 players signed for 2018 and four committed to its 2019 class. Though National Signing Day is just one week away and multiple spots remain unfilled this cycle, the Spartans coaches continue to put a lot of emphasis on future classes.
Quarterbacks coach Brad Salem in particular has had a busy few days. On Monday he was at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South, home of 4-star tackle Trevor Keegan. The 6-6, 310-pound junior already has offers from the majority of the Big Ten: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Minnesota, in fact, visited the school the same day. Keegan ranks 14th among 2019 tackles and second overall in Illinois.
On Tuesday, Salem was down in Arizona checking in on several schools. He visited Deer Valley (Glendale), where he has expressed interest in Dez Melton. Melton, a 3-star junior athlete, stands 6-4 and weighs 210 pounds.
Melton holds offers from Arizona and Arizona State, among others. He ranks 64th among athletes in the 2019 class and 10th among all juniors from Arizona.
Salem also checked out Saguaro (Scottsdale), where a lot of players have garnered Michigan State interest, particularly in the secondary. Three-star junior defensive backs Nate Polk and Brandon Shivers don’t yet have MSU offers, but Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah have all offered both.
Additionally, 3-star junior outside linebacker Seth Robinson and sophomore wide receiver/cornerback Kelee Ringo have caught the eyes of the Spartans coaches.
Also while in Scottsdale, Salem visited Chaparral High, home to a pair of the nation’s best sophomores. Jack Miller, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class, and Darvon Hubbard, the No. 10 running back, have both picked up Michigan State interest.
New solo defensive coordinator Mike Tressel was also on the move. On Tuesday he checked in at West Aurora (Ill.), home of 2020 defensive tackle Denver Warren. Warren holds a Spartans offer, has considerable interest and visited campus for the Penn State game Nov. 4.
And on Wednesday, Tressel joined in the group effort toward filling the void in Cincinnati recruiting left by former defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett’s departure for Florida State. Tressel visited Princeton High, attended by 6-5 Class of 2020 defensive lineman Darrion Henry, whom the Spartans have offered.
— Coach K Watson (@therealkwat) January 30, 2018
It appears that even Chuck Bullough was on the road recruiting, as evidenced by the photo above. Bullough has been widely reported as a new assistant coach for the Spartans and was even bid farewell by his former Eastern Michigan colleagues. But Michigan State has still not officially confirmed his hiring.
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