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Spartans still searching at OT
Offensive tackle has been one of the thinnest positions for Michigan State in this young 2017 season, and AJ Arcuri’s absence as he recovers from surgery doesn’t help.
So it would make sense that the Spartans would look for an offensive tackle as they round out the 2018 class. Saline (Mich.) standout Dimitri Douglas and Michigan State commit often gets listed as a tackle, but he has been told he will likely start off at guard in college.
Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) tackle James Ohonba, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings, would be a massive pickup. He plans to take an official visit over the weekend of Michigan State’s Sept. 23 game against Notre Dame, per 247Sports.
Keep an eye on Salem (Canton, Mich.) senior Alexander Howie, as well. The top-ranked remaining offensive tackle in the state, he ranks one spot higher than Douglas. He holds offers from Indiana, Virginia and Washington State, among others.
Michigan State has not yet offered Howie, but the Spartans will be taking a close look at his progress. Offensive line coach Mark Staten plans to use the bye weekend to evaluate the 6-foot-5, 299-pound prospect.
“He is planning on being at the game Friday,” Howie told Land of 10.
Could he earn an offer? That remains to be seen. But he’ll have a great chance to prove himself in a game against Canton, one of Michigan’s toughest teams.
Hoops coaches watch top in-state players
Michigan State has been all over the Midwest meeting with players and watching open gyms during the current evaluation period for college basketball. On Thursday, it appears the coaches didn’t have to go far.
Assistant coach Dane Fife made the short trip to Clarkston (Mich.) High to watch his alma mater practice. The Wolves have long been led by his father, Dan Fife.
Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife in attendance today checking out #ClarkstonBasketball
— Clarkston Basketball (@ClarkstonBball) September 13, 2017
Clarkston will enter the 2017-18 season looking to repeat as Michigan state champions with point guard and 4-star Spartans commit Foster Loyer leading the way. And the Wolves may even be better this year after adding fellow Michigan State pledge Thomas Kithier, a 3-star forward who transferred during the summer.
Dan Fife’s powerhouse team has even more top talent in Michigan commit Taylor Currie and 6-10 sophomore Matt Nicholson. This group will be a heavy favorite to win the state title once again.
Michigan State assistant Mike Garland, meanwhile, joined coaches from DePaul, Ohio State and Purdue at New Haven (Mich.) High to see open gym. The Rockets’ leader, 4-star junior Romeo Weems, has earned offers from the Spartans, Michigan and Missouri.
Thanks to Coach Garland Michigan State, Coach Anderson DePaul, Coach Brantley Purdue & Coach Johnson Ohio State for coming to open gym today
— NEW HAVEN BASKETBALL (@RocketCountry) September 14, 2017
The Spartans are in great shape with Weems, who visited campus for both of the first two football games of the season. A commitment wouldn’t be particularly surprising, but Weems has plenty of time to come to a decision.
The 6-6 star has plenty to focus on, anyway. He will soon be at the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp along with 53 other top high school players from around the nation.
Prep football games to watch
With no Michigan State football to watch this weekend, maybe you’re looking for prep football to get your fill. If you’re in the area, we’ve got some games for you to check out. And if not, you should still check out how they turned out.
Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley at Hilliard (Ohio) Darby
Time: 7 p.m. ET, Friday
Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel is expected to be at this one watching 3-star Bradley wide receiver Kory Taylor. The 6-5 standout might just be working toward an offer from the Spartans, and this rivalry game could help his cause.
Dublin (Ohio) Coffman at Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Time: 7 p.m. ET, Friday
Undefeated Dublin Coffman and Michigan State linebacker commit Jeslord Boateng will face off against 2-1 Olentangy and Spartans defensive line pledges Jacob and Zachary Slade. Bragging rights among future teammates will be on the line.
Elder (Cincinnati) at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
Time: 7 p.m. ET, Saturday
Something’s got to give in this battle between undefeated teams. St. Edward, led by Michigan State defensive back commit Mitchell Dowell, will go up against Elder and junior defensive end Spencer Bono, who has picked up interest from the Spartans.
Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) at Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday
Here’s another game between undefeated teams. Penn Hills has explosive Michigan State wide receiver commit Julian Major, and Pine-Richland has offensive tackle Andrew Kristofic (who holds a Spartans offer) blocking for Notre Dame QB commit Phil Jurkovec.
Marietta (Ga.) at Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday
And once again, a pair of 3-0 teams meet. Lassiter, led by Michigan State cornerback commit Chris Jackson, will face off against sophomore quarterback Harrison Bailey of Marietta, who already has an offer from the Spartans.
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