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Massive recruiting weekend ahead
It couldn’t be Michigan-Michigan State weekend without a large haul of recruits on campus.
Unfortunately for basketball fans, they will get only one of those weekends this season. The Wolverines and Spartans face off in men’s basketball for the only time on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. And when they do, football coach Mark Dantonio will be taking full advantage.
Two official visitors told Land of 10 they plan to be in attendance for the game. Dashaun Mallory, a 3-star defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite, is one of them. The Bolingbrook (Ill.) senior and longtime Michigan State target recently got cleared academically and will have a shot at potentially playing for his dream school.
“I’ve always wanted to be a part of that green-and-white culture there,” Mallory told Land of 10 in June after receiving an offer. “I love everything about it.”
Mallory stands 6-foot-3 and ranks 60th nationally among defensive tackles. Michigan State has three defensive line commitments from Parks Gissinger, Zach and Jacob Slade, but the Spartans would like to add another.
Mallory will be joined by Jalen Nailor, a 3-star wide receiver at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). Michigan State extended an offer to the speedy senior back in May, but the Spartans recently turned up the heat after Arizona State’s firing of coach Todd Graham led Nailor to reopen his recruitment.
Nailor traveled with his high school teammate, Michigan State signee Jacob Isaia, to see the Spartans play in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 28. Now he will travel to campus to get an even closer look at the program.
“It will be cool when I finally do get on campus,” Nailor said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Michigan State also will welcome some of its top targets in the 2019 class. Zeeland (Mich.) East defensive end Adam Berghorst and West Bloomfield (Mich.) 3-star linebacker Lance Dixon, two of the Spartans’ more recent offers in the junior class, told Land of 10 they plan to be in attendance. Scout’s Allen Trieu reports that Detroit Cass Tech 4-star running back Jaren Mangham plans to be there as well.
Neither Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) linebacker Marcel Lewis nor West Bloomfield (Mich.) wide receiver Tre Mosley holds an offer from Michigan State, but both are top in-state talents. They told Land of 10 they plan to attend the game on Saturday as well.
There’s no better time to be on campus than during rivalry weekend. Dantonio seems to be taking full advantage.
“I think he knows what our fans are like at that game,” Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo said.
New offer to consider Michigan State visit
When Jaylen Ellis landed his first Power 5 offer on June 15, before the start of his junior year, he committed on the spot.
Who could blame him? Baylor is a short drive from the Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas) 3-star wide receiver’s home and is a member of the Big 12. Nobody could blame him for jumping on it.
But as time progressed and Ellis continued to show out on the field, new offers were inevitable. Houston and Tulsa jumped in, and then on Tuesday, Michigan State extended an offer.
Ellis, the No. 64 wide receiver in the 2019 class, remains committed to Baylor but takes outside interest seriously. He told Land of 10 he will “most definitely” consider visiting Michigan State. He doesn’t know much about the program, but its affiliation is hard to ignore.
“A Big Ten offer [is] always a major thing,” he said.
Michigan State’s 2019 class has four commits, three of them 4-star prospects, and ranks 11th in the nation. One of those pledges, Belleville (Mich.) 4-star cornerback Julian Barnett, wasted no time going after Ellis.
— Julian Barnett (@_OfficialJB1) January 10, 2018
When Michigan State signed all 20 players committed to its 2018 class on Dec. 20, it freed up more time to spend on recruiting the younger classes. This is the result.
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