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Michigan State’s latest to offer 2019 WR
Jameson Williams laughed when asked what has led to his recent flurry of offers. Did he put out a particularly great sophomore tape?
“I guess so,” he told Land of 10. “I’m not entirely sure.”
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for the St. Louis Cardinal Ritter sophomore. Syracuse started things off April 5 with Williams’ first offer. Then came Illinois, Kentucky and Southeast Missouri State.
On Wednesday, Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel checked it on Cardinal Ritter and Williams, a 4-star wide receiver per 247Sports. Samuel didn’t meet with Williams, but relayed the offer to his coach. (College coaches can’t talk to recruits in person off-campus until the summer before their senior year.)
— juiceman ? (@juicedupjameson) April 19, 2017
“I was really excited,” Williams said. “I didn’t expect none of this to happen.”
As it turns out, Williams has been watching Michigan State for several years. He said he doesn’t have any connection to the school, but he found himself drawn to the program and the way the offense plays.
At 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, Williams stands out for his size, but mainly for his speed. The high school sophomore hasn’t been timed in the 40-yard dash and isn’t sure how to quantify his quickness, but he compares himself to former Washington Huskies speedster John Ross.
“I’m a really quick receiver,” he said. “[Samuel] said he was going to offer me because I’m a coachable kid, and he wants to work with coachable kids.”
Apparently many others do as well. Williams took his first college visit to Southeast Missouri on Saturday and said the facilities and quality of the team stood out. He’ll look to take more trips soon.
When he comes to a decision, he says it’ll be pretty simple. Which team shows the most love? The Spartans will likely have a chance to impress him soon.
“I would really like to visit Michigan State,” Williams said.
Another 2019 standout offered
Logan Lee has had a heck of stretch since the start of March, and Michigan State kept it going Wednesday.
The Spartans offered Lee, a 2019 Orion (Ill.) defensive end/tight end rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports during a visit to his school. Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton checked in to share the news.
?Thank you Coach Ron Burton for visiting Orion High School today! Honored to receive an offer from Michigan State University today. Amazed!? pic.twitter.com/4i3CFFS2gX
— Logan Lee (@LoganLee45) April 19, 2017
Lee holds offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ole Miss.
2018 teammates offered
Michigan State will put together a relatively small 2018 class, but it has a vast array of needs to fill.
The Spartans took a step toward filling two of them on Thursday by offering two Miami Central juniors, both rated 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite.
First was Robert Hicks, an inside linebacker ranked as the No. 64 junior in Florida. The Spartans became his second Big Ten offer, after Indiana. He told Scout in January that Louisville was his favorite school.
— BIGTIME™ (@R_10Hicks) April 20, 2017
Terrell Perriman, the No. 90 wide receiver in the nation, also got an offer from Michigan State. Like Hicks, he holds an impressive list of offers, with Georgia and Tennessee among them.
However, only two schools have offered both Hicks and Perriman: UAB and Michigan State.
— Terrell Perriman (@10x_Jetset) April 20, 2017
Lots of hoops recruiting action
It’s been more than just an active season for football recruiting. As the regular signing period rolls on, Michigan State men’s basketball has been trying to finalize its 2017 class while hitting the road to get ahead with younger prospects.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo and two of his assistants, Dane Fife and Mike Garland, headed to Fort Wayne, Ind., to see 5-star North Side sophomore Keion Brooks, as shown in this video by WANE-TV reporter Glenn Marini.
— Glenn Marini (@GlennMarini) April 20, 2017
Brooks, a 6-foot-8 wing, is one of the top prospects nationally in the 2019 class. He already has a Michigan State offer and got one from new Indiana coach Archie Miller on Wednesday.
While the Spartans were 3 deep in Indiana, assistant coach Dwayne Stephens made another trip to Detroit’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies to see 4-star junior big man Trevion Williams.
Big thanks to coach dj from Michigan state for coming to watch me workout ✅‼️ pic.twitter.com/qV7uZc14ua
— Trevion Williams (@a1mighty_trey23) April 19, 2017
Meanwhile, Michigan State has to sit and wait on 4-star Edwardsville (Ill.) guard Mark Smith, a senior who currently is visiting Illinois. Smith holds an offer from the Spartans and already took his official visit. He told Land of 10 he won’t be back in East Lansing before he makes a decision.