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Wherever he goes, DaShon Bussell plans on making an immediate impact.
Whether at wide receiver or defensive back, the 6-foot-2 Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) athlete wants to see the field early. He thinks his versatility gives him a good shot at doing just that.
Bussell projects by many as a receiver, and Michigan State likes him there, as well. But in doing his research, the junior found himself intrigued by the possibilities at defensive back at East Lansing.
“I feel like they develop good DBs,” he said. “And then looking at the recruiting classes and who they’ve got at receiver slash who they’ve got at DB, I feel like I would fit the DB spot perfectly. Because when I’m going in, I’m trying to play as a true freshman.”
As a junior in high school, Bussell played wide receiver and safety. He’ll transition to more of a receiver/cornerback combo for his final go-around. A consistent riser in the 247Sports composite rankings, he is the No. 71 receiver in the nation.
But the size, speed and versatility to play multiple spots ultimately attracted Bussell’s first Power 5 offer. On Wednesday, Iowa recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell contacted him and extended an offer. Bussell hadn’t heard from the Hawkeyes “for a few months” prior.
“It felt really good,” he said of the offer. “It was really random. I was not expecting it.”
More could be on the way soon. Bussell visited Minnesota last weekend and soon will head to Louisville and Iowa. He said Purdue has shown considerable interest, too.
Michigan State continues to move toward a potential offer. Bussell has visited campus twice, long been in contact with the Spartans and continues to get to know the staff, namely running backs coach Dave Warner and recruiting operations coordinator Butler Benton.
“They say just to be patient with them,” Bussell said, “but that I am an offer type of guy.”
Bussell visited Michigan State on Feb. 11. He toured the facilities, saw the men’s basketball team take down Iowa and got some face time with Warner and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
“I like their coaches,” he said. “Their coaches are really cool. I like that about them.”
When Bussell looks to make a decision — he’s thinking in June or July — that factor will play a big part. He wants to make sure he chooses a staff that has his back.
And, of course, if he can avoid redshirting, he will.
“I want to see real coaches, not any fake coaches,” he said of his top priorities. “I want to see where would give me the best chance at playing right away.”
Updates on in-state OL
Michigan State received disappointing news last weekend. Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central OT Jalen Mayfield committed to Minnesota on Saturday.
I am extremely blessed and proud to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic career at Minnesota!!!! pic.twitter.com/OvuTILaEzx
— Jalen Mayfield (@jay_may_11) February 18, 2017
Michigan State offered the 3-star prospect on Jan. 29, and Minnesota followed on Feb. 6. Mayfield ultimately opted for the Gophers while visiting campus last weekend.
It’s a disappointing miss for the Spartans on an in-state target. However, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck also had offered Mayfield when he coached at Western Michigan, so the two have had a budding relationship.
In the sophomore class, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle continues to rack up offers. Belleville (Mich.) prospect Devontae Dobbs added offers from Alabama and Florida State on Saturday.
Michigan State is outgunned when it comes to the prestige of many of the programs that have offered Dobbs, so the Spartans will have to rely on relationships. They remain the team that has recruited Dobbs most aggressively.
“I think it’s probably his favorite school right now,” Belleville coach Jermain Crowell told Land of 10 last week. “He’s familiar with them. That’s who he’s comfortable with.”
Michigan State basketball commitment stat tracker
The prep basketball regular season is drawing to a close, and Michigan State’s signees and commits continue to produce as much as they did when things tipped off. Let’s check in once again to see how they performed on the stat sheet.
- 2017 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) forward Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped in 11 points as his Lakers continued to roll with a 94-62 win over Gary (Ind.) Roosevelt on Wednesday. They’ve not lost since their lone slip-up of the season against Sierra Canyon (Los Angeles) on Jan. 16.
- 2017 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian big man Xavier Tillman put up 8 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-31 Senior Night win against Thornapple-Kellogg. His Eagles remain unbeaten on the season.
- 2018 Macomb (Mich.) Dakota forward Thomas Kithier posted 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists as his squad rolled Romeo 83-55 in the Macomb Area Conference tournament on Thursday.
- 2018 Clarkston (Mich.) point guard Foster Loyer and his team entered the week undefeated, like Tillman and Grand Rapids. But after beating North Farmington 66-41 on Tuesday, the Wolves (16-1) fell to Southfield 64-60 on Friday. Loyer scored 21 points against North Farmington.