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Spartans Square-ly in the running for OLB
This one shouldn’t come as any surprise; nonetheless, it’s positive news for the Spartans.
Detroit Cass Tech junior outside linebacker DeAndre Square, a longtime Michigan State target, included MSU in the top-10 list he revealed Thursday. The Spartans joined Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
— DeAndre Square (@d_square10) May 5, 2017
All 10 teams have offered Square, a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Notable absences were Cincinnati, Minnesota and Missouri, all of which had offered.
Michigan State has emphasized a need for leadership to the often soft-spoken Square, who has been a captain at Cass Tech since his sophomore year. That’s no easy task considering the talent that comes from that school. Two current Spartans, Dennis Finley and Demetric Vance, graduated from Cass Tech.
Additionally, the Technicians produced Michigan State offensive line signee Jordan Reid, who has set his sights on Square, despite having plenty of teammates to pursue. The Spartans continue to be in great shape.
Offensive line target off the board
This one is no surprise if you take stock in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which has a history of accuracy.
Three-star Sciotoville (Portsmouth, Ohio) East offensive guard Blaine Scott announced his commitment to Ole Miss on Friday. The 6-foot-4 standout visited Michigan State multiple times and included the Spartans among his finalists.
— Blaine Scott (@blaine_scott54) May 5, 2017
Scott announced his commitment via Periscope, which you can watch here if you feel so inclined.
What now? Michigan State continues to pursue interior linemen in the 2018 class, and it has several possibilities. The most likely, it seems, is 3-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) guard Jacob Isaia. The grandson of Spartans legend Bob Apisa, he has expressed interest in following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
The next likely possibility appears to be 4-star Oak Park (Mich.) junior Marquan McCall. The Spartans would have to ward off Michigan for his commitment, and beyond the Wolverines, Tennessee also has been in hot pursuit.
What’s the deal with Tugs?
Until he’s committed, you’re going to keep hearing Brian “Tugs” Bowen’s name.
The Saginaw, Mich., native and current 5-star La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) wing looked for a long time as if he would play his college basketball for Michigan State. But as he waited and waited to see which players at his prospective landing spots would bolt for the NBA, his choices changed.
The 6-foot-7 Bowen spoke with Rivals’ Krysten Peek about how certain players’ decisions impacted him. Of Michigan State star Miles Bridges’ decision to return for his sophomore season, Bowen said, “Miles Bridges returning to MSU caught me off guard a little bit, but really I’m not that surprised he decided to stay.”
Don’t expect a decision out of the blue. Bowen, from the Class of 2017, told Peek that he’ll first put his announcement date on Twitter. Then, he will reveal the long-awaited decision.
He didn’t remove any of the schools that long have been on his list of favorites: Michigan State, Arizona, Creighton, North Carolina State and Texas. However, he did note that Florida State and Oregon have been showing heavy interest.
And most surprisingly, he didn’t mention DePaul, which recently hired his former coach at La Lumiere, Shane Heirman.