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Next step in La’Darius Jefferson recruitment
La’Darius Jefferson landed a Michigan State offer on Nov. 10. Three days later, he de-committed from Central Florida.
A week after that, the Muskegon (Mich.) senior quarterback has his official visit set. He told Land of 10 he plans to visit the Michigan State campus the weekend of Dec. 8-10.
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— La'Darius Jefferson (@LaDariusJ2) November 17, 2017
A 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings, Jefferson was recruited by Central Florida as a dual-threat quarterback. In de-committing, he put his chances of QB in jeopardy. But if he chose the Spartans, who offered him as an athlete, he would at least have a chance.
“Without speaking for them,” Muskegon coach Shane Fairfield said of his talks with the Michigan State staff, “the conversation was that if they had a kid come in who could play quarterback and has proven himself as a quarterback, not to give him an opportunity would be stupid.”
Jefferson has long had his mind set on playing offense and preferably quarterback, but both sides have an open mind. Fairfield said Michigan State has talked to Jefferson about multiple positions and that Jefferson would be willing to try something different if quarterback doesn’t work out.
— La'Darius Jefferson (@LaDariusJ2) February 28, 2017
Fairfield compared the 6-foot-2 senior to Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in terms of his ability to create with his legs as much as his arm. With how the Spartans have shifted toward recruiting more dual-threat quarterbacks, it would only make sense to see what he can do at that position.
“And if not, he’s going to be a Spartan either way, and they’ll find a place for him,” Fairfield said of a potential commitment. “They hold great family values there, and they try to recruit the right people. He’s a good guy, a good locker room, and I know that’s kind of the things that [coach Mark Dantonio] is looking for.”
Jefferson, a National Honor Society member, is ranked 31st among in-state prospects and 38th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks.
Michigan State offers junior college prospect
The search for an edge rusher to close out the 2018 class has taken Michigan State back to California after it landed Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) defensive end Parks Gissinger in July.
Well, it didn’t actually take stepping foot in the state. But on Monday night, 3-star City College of San Francisco freshman Jordan Allen announced that Dantonio had extended an offer to him over the phone.
— Jordan Allen (@dontsleeponj) November 20, 2017
Allen, a 6-5, 240-pound prospect, is listed as a linebacker on his college profile but a defensive end on 247Sports. He has appeared in nine games this fall and recorded 27 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 pass breakups.
Ranked the No. 21 junior college prospect in the 2018 class, Allen also holds offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado, Iowa State, Ole Miss, TCU and Utah, among others.
Michigan State currently has three defensive linemen committed to its 2018 class: Gissinger and Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) twins Jacob and Zach Slade.
Top hoops prospect target at Spartans game
You can probably guess who it is. He’s been to several football games this season, visited in the summer and has likely been on Michigan State’s campus more than any other uncommitted basketball recruit.
Four-star wing Romeo Weems was back on Sunday afternoon to take in the Spartans’ 93-71 win against Stony Brook. He sat at mid-court with New Haven (Mich.) teammates across from the two teams’ benches, then headed toward the locker room after the game.
Weems has built a close relationship with coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State program. His first offer came from the Spartans in January. The 6-7 junior ranks 63rd nationally among players in his class.
Michigan State does not yet have any players committed to its 2019 class, but Weems looks like a good possibility to become the first. Of the eight 247Sports Crystal Ball picks predicting his eventual decision, all eight have him choosing Michigan State.
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