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Since April 15, when the latest evaluation period began, Michigan State coaches have constantly been on the road, evaluating young players and extending offers. That tactic won’t likely stop until the end of the month, when the quiet period resumes full time.
For now, we remain in the throes of offer season — and Tuesday proved to be one of its most active days. If you don’t have the motivation to keep up with all the offer announcements that fill up Twitter (or the time to figure out these players’ actual names), we’re here to inform you of who picked up offers and where these players come from.
Trio of Florida teammates pick up offers
Michigan State defensive ends coach Mark Snyder stuck around Florida after offering several 2018 prospects on Monday. And on Tuesday, he checked in on Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood.
There, Snyder extended offers to three sophomores who all project as defensive backs at the next level. One of them is Te’Cory Couch, a 6-foot-tall athlete whose only other Power 5 offer is from Illinois.
Blessed to receive an offer from Michigan state university pic.twitter.com/q49ZarjdVN
— T〽.Tc (@TecoryC_16) May 2, 2017
When asked what position Michigan State will be recruiting him for, Couch responded, “They didn’t say, but I’m pretty sure it’s at corner because that’s where I feel the most comfortable.”
Next on the list is Keontra Smith, rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports who already holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse and now Michigan State.
Blessed to say I have received an offer from Michigan State ✅ pic.twitter.com/JJpW3V6mRt
— Keontra ? (@IronMan794) May 2, 2017
And why not make it three? Snyder also offered James Williams, a 5-11 prospect yet to garner a rating from 247Sports. Williams already held offers from Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Temple and South Florida. Michigan State became his first Power 5 offer.
— James Williams (@21_1k) May 2, 2017
Little more than a mile away …
… another South Florida prospect picked up a Michigan State offer. Dominick Watt, a 6-1 junior and 3-star prospect projected as a wide receiver in college, announced his offer early Tuesday afternoon.
— ✨™$weezyDom (@1Way_Dom) May 2, 2017
Watt already holds an impressive haul of offers that includes Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. There are two predictions so far for Watt on the 247 Crystal Ball — one each for Florida and Kentucky.
However, as Watt told 247Sports’ Evan Flood, he does not plan to announce a decision at least until after his senior season has begun. Michigan State has ample time to jump into contention.
And just up the Atlantic Coast …
… Michigan State also made its way 20-plus miles north to Fort Lauderdale, a regular hotspot for Spartans recruiting. In the 2017 class, they landed two players from the area: WR Laress Nelson and DE Lashawn Paulino-Bell.
Now they’re look to shore up their linebacking corps there, offering two Deerfield Beach prospects Tuesday. The first was Kenny Bastida, a 3-star junior.
— Kenny ?? Bastida . (@kingbastida) May 2, 2017
Bastida is rated the No. 35 outside linebacker in the nation. He had already held offers from such schools as LSU, North Carolina, Penn State and Wisconsin. Now Michigan State has joined the list.
The Spartans also offered his teammate, 3-star ILB Rosendo Louis. The No. 23 inside linebacker in 2018 announced that it was his 27th offer.
Blessed for my 27th offer from Michigan State University‼️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/1t4W4gRAgO
— 42™〽️ (@RJ_DREAMCHASER) May 2, 2017
Louis may be the most sought-after player in the bunch. His offer list includes Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Elsewhere in Fort Lauderdale
Michigan State dropped in on St. Thomas Aquinas, home of Paulino-Bell, who is currently recovering from a personal watercraft accident.
The Spartans extended offers to five players — three sophomores and two juniors. One junior, 4-star CB Trenell Troutman, committed to Louisville all the way back in July, but that didn’t stop the Spartans from offering.
The other, D’Andre Ragin, has flown a bit more under the radar. The 6-3 outside linebacker only held one Power 5 offer prior to Michigan State, and it came from Kentucky, a school that has been very liberal with its offers.
From the 2019 class, the Spartans offered CB Jaden Davis, OG Vincent Murphy and OT Jake Pope. Davis, a 5-11 sophomore, has quickly become a national commodity with offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Oregon, among others.
Murphy, a 6-4 standout, has many of the same offers as Davis, though not quite as many. And for Pope, the offers received from Michigan State and Illinois on Tuesday were the first he has announced.
And two more in North Carolina
The preparation for the future continued a bit farther up the coast, as Michigan State offered two Elizabeth City (N.C.) Northeastern sophomores: Traveon Freshwater and J.R. Walker.
One more for good measure
Julian Fleming hasn’t been ranked by recruiting sites. He doesn’t have any stars. After all, he’s just a freshman.
But the Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia youngster has already snagged some big-time offers early in his recruitment. At 6-3, Fleming has the size and skills that have garnered the attention of Rutgers, Michigan and West Virginia, the latter two having already offered.
And now Michigan State has offered the Class of 2020 receiver as well. He made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
Honored to receive an offer from Michigan State!!! pic.twitter.com/L0PZ8WTr5K
— ?0J4? (@julian_040) May 2, 2017
There’s surely a long way to go in his recruitment, but Fleming will be one to watch.
Did you get all those names? Take a breath. That’s one of the most active recruiting days you’ll see.