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In-state juniors talk Michigan State
If Michigan State’s 2019 in-state recruiting class were complete right now, it still would be one to marvel. And we stand more than a year away from National Signing Day for that group.
Four 2019 recruits from Michigan among the 33 ranked in the 247Sports composite have committed to a school. Three have chosen Michigan State. All three — 4-star Belleville (Mich.) cornerback Julian Barnett, 4-star Oak Park (Mich.) quarterback Dwan Mathis and 4-star Walled Lake (Mich.) Western tackle Spencer Brown — rank among the top 10.
And the Spartans aren’t done. The coaches welcomed in a large group of in-state recruits last Saturday to attend the school’s men’s basketball game against Michigan. As you might expect, they said they left impressed.
But there’s more to it than that. Two of them — 3-star Paw Paw (Mich.) offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart and 3-star Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) linebacker Marcel Lewis — received Michigan State offers on the visit. To see what both had to say, click on the links attached to their names.
Some others either hold Michigan State offers already or hope to earn one. Land of 10 caught up with them to see where their recruitments stand.
5-star Belleville (Mich.) tackle Devontae Dobbs (No. 1 junior in Michigan)
There’s not much of a point in asking Devontae Dobbs how his latest Michigan State visit went. He has been on countless others. He knows the facilities almost as well as his three-point stance.
That might put the Spartans over the edge. Dobbs has a teammate signed to Michigan State in cornerback Davion Williams and another committed in Barnett. His close relationship with the coaching staff has the Spartans holding nine 247Sports Crystal Ball picks out of 11 predicting his destination, despite offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and more.
“Trust,” Dobbs said when asked what’s important to him in a decision. “Coach trust. I don’t want to go to a school and then the O-line coach that recruited me [says], ‘Oh, I’m going over here now.’ You are who you are, so I don’t want that to happen.”
4-star Detroit Cass Tech running back Jaren Mangham (No. 5 junior in Michigan)
Like Dobbs, Jaren Mangham has long held a Michigan State offer. And like Dobbs, Mangham has built a strong relationship with the Spartans staff that he saw grow on Saturday.
“Everything went great,” Mangham said. “I talked with coach [Mark Dantonio] and the whole offensive staff, and they just let me know that they really want me at MSU. It’s always nice to be wanted and feel the love. Some schools think they can wait until the last minute to show recruits love, but MSU has been there since Day 1.”
That’s good news for the Spartans, whom all eight recruiting analysts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball have selected to land his commitment. A decision might not be near, but he said he should be coming out with his list of top schools soon. As for whether the fellow commits are pursuing him, Mangham had an enthusiastic response.
3-star West Bloomfield (Mich.) wide receiver Tre Mosley (No. 14 junior in Michigan)
Tre Mosley, who doesn’t yet hold a Michigan State offer, visited with a teammate who does, 3-star linebacker Lance Dixon. Mosley said the two of them “talked to almost every coach” while there and cited quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel as the two with whom he is closest.
“It went well,” he said. “The environment up there is great.”
Cincinnati, Indiana, Syracuse and a host of MAC schools have already offered Mosley. He hopes Michigan State joins that group as the Spartans have already offered several of his current and former teammates.
“I’m just being patient,” he said. “It’ll come when it’s supposed to.”
Final Top247 rankings released for 2018 class
With less than three weeks to go until National Signing Day, 247Sports released its final Top247 rankings for the 2018 class. And you might be surprised to hear who finished as the top-ranked Michigan State signee.
Cornerback Davion Williams, who was never listed among the several 4-star Michigan State signees in the 247Sports composite, finished at No. 184 nationally in the Top247 to pace the Spartans. One other signee finished among the rankings: quarterback Theo Day, an early enrollee.
However, neither player comes in as a 4-star recruit in the updated composite ratings. Three Michigan State signees did: cornerback Kalon Gervin, tight end Trenton Gillison and defensive back Xavier Henderson.
Michigan State has 20 player signed to the class with room for more.
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