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Spartans to see newly offered 4-star DE
Let offer season resume.
The latest evaluation period for college football recruiting began at the start of the month, not only allowing coaches to start contacting 2019 recruits for the first time but also giving them the chance to meet with prospects in person. With that typically comes the extension of offers to recruits who have produced strong starts to their seasons.
On Wednesday, Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett reached out to offer Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei junior defensive end Keyon Ware-Hudson, a 4-star defensive end per the 247Sports composite ratings. Though Ware-Hudson was in class and didn’t have his phone, he found out eventually.
— Keyon Ware-Hudson (@ke_yon8) September 13, 2017
Ware-Hudson ranks 139th nationally in the 2019 class and 12th among strongside defensive ends. A recent transfer from Vista Murrieta (Calif.), he holds offers from Arizona, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and USC, among others. He stands 6 feet, 3 inches, and weighs 300 pounds.
The offer comes a day before the staff meets with Ware-Hudson in person. His father, Chance Hudson, told Land of 10 that Barnett said Michigan State defensive tackles coach Ron Burton will be at Mater Dei on Thursday.
Burton will have a chance to see several other Mater Dei players whom Michigan State has offered, as well. After all, it’s the home of arguably the best prep team in the nation, off to a 3-0 start with a win against national power Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.
The Spartans have offered 4-star 2018 wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and 5-star 2019 athlete Horace “Bru” McCoy, Ware-Hudson’s teammates. Both seem like long shots, but it’s worth at least sharing pleasantries.
The Michigan State staff will be on the move throughout the week, particularly on Friday. With no practice, no game this weekend, and a handful of players heading to Houston on Friday to help with Hurricane Harvey aid, it’s a perfect opportunity to get on the road and scout prospects in person.
And Ware-Hudson wasn’t the only 2019 defensive end who picked up an offer on Wednesday. The Spartans also pulled the trigger on Derick Hunter, a 4-star Dunbar (Fort Myers, Fla.) junior.
— Rambo hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) September 13, 2017
Hunter, who is currently committed to Miami (Fla.), ranks as the No. 14 strong-side defensive end in the class. He chose the Hurricanes over offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and more.
Another running back on the radar
Patrick Lupro has been visiting Michigan State for years. Up until recently, though, the Spartans had been showing interest in him as a cornerback. That is his main position at Belleville (Mich.) High, where he’s coached by defensive back guru Jermain Crowell.
The 3-star senior, who stands around 5-9, reopened his recruitment on Monday after being committed to Bowling Green since April. He confirmed to Land of 10 what he told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt: Michigan State is now recruiting him as a running back and wants him to visit.
Michigan State still has not landed a running back in the 2018 class. Only one in-state running back in the class, University of Detroit Jesuit’s Elijah Collins, has been offered. The Spartans will lose Gerald Holmes to graduation and possibly LJ Scott to the NFL after 2017.
Lupro never received an offer as a cornerback and hasn’t received one as a running back. But he still has a strong relationship with the Michigan State staff.
“If they go out and they find the guys that they’re looking for, the guys that are 6-1 that can run and jump, those are the guys they’re going to go after first,” Crowell said in February of Michigan State’s recruitment of Lupro as a cornerback. “But they always know that Lupro loves Michigan State. He’s got a great relationship with the staff. It’s one of his top schools on his wish list.”
Lupro said that he and two teammates, 5-star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs and 4-star wide receiver/cornerback Julian Barnett, “should be” at Michigan State’s game against Notre Dame on Sept. 23.
Mark Watts visits, gets visited
Detroit Old Redford combo guard Mark “Rocket” Watts has visited Michigan State several times since receiving an offer in April. The latest trip came Saturday, when Watts took in the Spartans’ football game against Western Michigan.
And on Sunday, the Spartans returned the favor by checking in on Old Redford’s open gym, along with coaches from Michigan, Iowa and Marquette.
Thanks to coaches from Michigan, Michigan St., Iowa, Marquette & Northwood for stopping by Open Gym today
— Ravens Basketball (@oldredhoops) September 10, 2017
Michigan State has long been after Watts and looks like the favorite to land him. But the 6-2 prolific scorer is just a junior and has plenty of time to come to a decision.
“I like the coaching staff, Coach OG [assistant Mike Garland] and [head coach Tom] Izzo,” Watts said after his offer. “[Izzo is] very cool, and he seems like a coach that stays on you a lot. That’s really what I need.”