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Have you lost track of the offers Michigan State has extended during this live recruiting period?
It’s pretty impressive if you haven’t. Since the live period began on Jan. 12, Michigan State has doled out more than 25 offers. Now we transition to a quiet period on Sunday followed by a multi-day dead period as 2017 prospects prepare for National Signing Day.
In a technical sense, scholarship offers don’t mean a whole lot. They’re not official and coaching staffs can easily back out of them. But they do give us a sense of which players Michigan State has targeted.
So let’s go down the list and see which players the Spartans have offered in the past two-plus weeks.
Class of 2020
Blake Corum, RB — Michigan State extended an early offer to the St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, Md.) freshman, who also holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Coziah Izzard, DE — Same day, same school. Michigan State joined the Terps in offering both Corum and Izzard. Defensive line coach Ron Burton came by with the news.
Class of 2019
Quinn Carroll, OT — This elite sophomore lineman out of Minnesota already has offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and now the Spartans.
Jacob Lacey, DT — The Kentucky native sent in his film and heard back within a few weeks with an offer. He’s long been a Michigan State fan and will attend Sunday’s basketball game against Michigan.
Horace McCoy, ATH — The Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) athlete, who looks like a wide receiver at the next level, already has an offer list that includes Alabama, Michigan and USC.
Will Putnam, OT — The offer extended to this Illinois native further shows how the Spartans want to land a top-flight tackle prospect in the current sophomore class.
Spencer Rattler, QB — Michigan State went back to Pinnacle (Phoenix), where it got quarterback Brian Lewerke, and offered another impressive QB talent.
Class of 2018
Thomas Booker, 4-star ATH — 247Sports reported that Michigan State offered the 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end/defensive end, rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.
Noah Boykin, S — The Spartans stayed active in the Washington, D.C. area by offering Boykin. It has been a clear area of emphasis for the staff in recent months.
Tommy Bush, WR — At 6-foot-5, this Texas wideout has great size and will build on his current offer list soon. It includes Arizona, Colorado State, North Texas and Texas State.
Chris Collins, DE — Collins stands 6-foot-5 and as he continues to put on weight he’ll become an imposing figure going after quarterbacks. Georgia and Virginia also have offered.
Elijah Collins, ATH — Michigan State hadn’t emphasized in-state prospects a whole lot before offering Collins out of University of Detroit Jesuit. He’s likely a linebacker or safety at the next level.
Brenton Cox, 4-star DE — The Spartans have kept an eye on Stockbridge, Ga., prospects. After Yusuf Corker, the CB target who committed to Kentucky, Cox is next.
Theo Day, 3-star QB — The same day Michigan State offered Collins, it extended a long-awaited in-state offer to this Dearborn Divine Child standout, for whom the Spartans are likely now the favorite.
Trey Dean, 3-star S — Expect his modest rating to rise, as Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA are among those who also have offered.
Christian Meadows, 3-star OT — Meadows has been committed to Florida State since July, but that hasn’t stopped Michigan State from jumping into the mix.
Chris Smith, 3-star CB — Like Dean, Smith is another junior defensive back who’s become an elite prospect. And like Dean, he has an Alabama offer. Need more be said about his talent?
Nick Tarburton, LB — This middle linebacker from Pennsylvania has been on Michigan State’s radar for a while and picked up his offer on the first day of the live period.
Tavion Thomas, RB — Michigan State offered the Dayton, Ohio, prospect shortly after his best friend, 4-star wideout Joseph Scates, pledged to the Spartans.
Ronnie Walker, 4-star RB — Back to the East Coast, where the Spartans offered Walker, who holds offers from such impressive academic institutions as Duke, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Class of 2017
Johnny Johnson III, 3-star WR — Michigan State had hoped that offering the Oregon commit and getting him on campus might lead to a commitment, but it looks like he’ll stay with the Ducks.
Tyson Lindsey, 4-star WR — Needing a slot receiver, it looked like a great opportunity when Lindsey de-committed from Ohio State. Alas, he quickly chose Nebraska.
Laress Nelson, 2-star WR — Nelson arrived on campus Friday afternoon, shortly after he picked up an offer from Michigan State. The Spartans appear the clear favorite.
Tre Person, 3-star CB — Michigan State offered the Atlanta cornerback early in the live period, got him on campus and quickly flipped his commitment from Georgia Southern.
Kurt Taylor, 3-star RB — In need of another running back, the Spartans offered a Michigan commit. He won’t end up taking the visit he scheduled, though. He’ll surely stay with the Wolverines.
DeAri Todd, 3-star DL — He visited in December, then committed to Boston College when a Spartans offer didn’t come. Eventually it did, and he flipped to MSU.
Jalen Tolbert, WR — Like Nelson, he picked up an offer on Thursday and scheduled a visit on very short notice. He flew from Mobile, Ala., to East Lansing on Saturday morning.