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Dashaun Mallory‘s moment of truth?
We’re coming to the end of the 2018 recruiting cycle. Once National Signing Day on Wednesday passes, almost every available Power-5 prospect will be off the board.
There are exceptions. Last year, Michigan State managed to snag defensive back Shakur Brown of Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) in June and later welcomed him on campus as a late arrival.
But the time is now. If Michigan State wants the guys near the top of its board, it has to do so soon. And one of those guys who might help the Spartans finish out the class is Dashaun Mallory.
Mallory, a Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive tackle and 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings, has long wanted to be a Michigan State football player. He hasn’t been shy about it. But gaining clearance to take a visit was a tough task. He eventually got on campus from Jan. 12-14.
The 6-foot-3 standout, who ranks 61st nationally among 2018 defensive tackles, would have liked to commit right there with the coaches, but he was asked to wait for a final evaluation.
That process has dragged out a little longer than Mallory expected, but he’s happy to wait. With Signing Day approaching, the time for waiting is almost up. He told Land of 10 he’s expecting a visit from coach Mark Dantonio on Friday, at which point he might get some good news.
If given the green light, Mallory will commit. That much is certain. However, it’s a mighty big “if,” one he’s been waiting on for months.
Michigan State has 20 players signed but none verbally committed to the 2018 class. The Spartans are expected to add to their defensive line and wide receiver corps with the remaining spots.
New offers extended
Throughout the contact period, this has become almost a daily notebook section. That will come to a close this weekend when the quiet period arrives, preventing coaches from making visits to high school campuses.
Until then, Michigan State continues to make the most of its evaluation opportunities. Four new players announced MSU offers since our last notebook.
Defensive tackles coach Ron Burton remained active on the East Coast, where he offered a pair of standout sophomores from powerhouse St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, which crushed everyone in its path en route to an undefeated 2017 season.
Chris Braswell and Osman Savage added to offer lists that already included Maryland, Michigan and Syracuse. Braswell is a 6-3 defensive end, while Savage has starred at both running back and linebacker.
Down in Georgia, running backs coach Dave Warner offered a can’t-miss prospect in 4-star Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.) defensive tackle Travon Walker. The 6-4 junior is the No. 3 DT in his class and the No. 5 junior overall in Georgia.
And in California, another Calabasas High wideout announced an offer from Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel. Johnny Wilson, a 6-5 sophomore, shared the news on Wednesday night. He has 9 Pac-12 offers on a list also including Florida, Michigan and Nebraska. Wilson caught 52 balls for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017, per MaxPreps.
— Johnny Wilson (@johnny_wilson3) February 1, 2018
Wilson’s teammate, 4-star junior receiver Mycah Pittman, already holds a Michigan State offer and has expressed interest in visiting campus. He had 60 catches for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, according to MaxPreps.
Coaches on the move
Not every high school visit leads to an offer. Several other coaches hit the road to evaluate prospects on Wednesday and Thursday, as well.
Burton made a stop at Northwest (Germantown, Md.), home of 3-star junior tight end DeAndre Jules, on Wednesday. Jules holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Purdue, et al. He ranks 23rd nationally among 2019 tight ends.
On Wednesday, Samuel dropped in on Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. The school has several talented prospects, but the top priority was 4-star WR Jameson Williams. Williams is the No. 41 receiver in the 2019 class and has Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State offers to join the one he already holds from MSU.
And on Thursday, Warner checked in at Pendleton Heights (Ind.), where standout 2019 WR Eli Pancol plays. Pancol, who stands 6-4, has offers from Indiana, Iowa and Purdue. He had 41 catches for 834 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior, per MaxPreps.
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