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Michigan State-Maryland visitors
Michigan State hosts its final home game of the 2017 season on Saturday against Maryland. Just like two weeks ago against Penn State, rain is expected. The Spartans are supposed to bring in some talented visitors, but it should be a quieter recruiting weekend than most.
Here are some of the players who have said they plan to be in attendance:
2018 Chicago De La Salle linebacker Joseph Bonds
Bonds last visited Michigan State over the summer with several fellow Chicagoans. He doesn’t hold a Michigan State offer. In fact, the former Western Michigan commit pledged to Northern Illinois on Friday. That could very likely mean the trip is off, but Bonds could not be reached for comment. A 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite, he stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds.
East Lansing this weekend! #GoSpartans🔋
— Joseph Bonds 🏴 (@Top_Prospect13) November 13, 2017
2019 Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian offensive tackle Spencer Holstege
This 6-5 junior has been a regular at Michigan State, with Saturday set to be his third game-day visit. Holstege doesn’t have any offers, but he has built a solid relationship with Michigan State. And with more than a year to go until signing starts for the 2019 class, he has plenty of time to break through.
Michigan State this weekend…#V4MSU ✅
— Spencer Holstege (@spencerholstege) November 14, 2017
2019 Waunakee (Wis.) defensive end Reed Ryan
Michigan State will welcome a junior recruit from quarterbacks coach Brad Salem’s neck of the recruiting woods. Ryan does not yet hold any offers, but he stands 6-4 and has Big Ten lineage. His father, Erin Ryan, played fullback for Wisconsin.
Heading to see MSU play this weekend pic.twitter.com/m2dbjmc44A
— Reed M. Ryan (@ReedMRyanWI) November 16, 2017
2019 Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver Jai’Veon Smalls
Michigan State knows Highland Springs well. Defensive tackles coach Ron Burton and wide receiver Felton Davis graduated from the high school. Now the Spartans will be welcoming a junior speedster, Jai’Veon Smalls, who also excels on the track.
— Jai Smalls#️⃣5️⃣ (@mula_Jai) November 15, 2017
2020 Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic Central athlete Cameron Martinez
Martinez is probably the most likely player on the list to eventually land an offer from the Spartans. Though just a sophomore, he already holds offers from Buffalo and Central Michigan and has picked up interest from several Big Ten teams. He has visited Michigan State and likes his potential fit at wide receiver.
Spartans commits still playing
Michigan State has 20 players committed to its program, both juniors and seniors. They’ve been finishing up their high school seasons, many in the state playoffs.
Only four recruits on three teams are still playing. Here’s where they’ll be Friday night.
Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) vs. Toledo Whitmer
Location: Findlay High School, Findlay, Ohio
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Spectrum Sports
The regional finals have arrived in Ohio, and Michigan State middle linebacker commit Edward Warinner is in search of a trophy for Olentangy Liberty. To get it, Liberty will have to knock off undefeated Whitmer, led by sophomore quarterback Riley Keller, who already holds an Ole Miss offer.
Pickerington (Ohio) Central vs. Pickerington North
Location: St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus, Ohio
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Spectrum Sports
Michigan State’s two highest-rated senior commits, 4-star defensive back Xavier Henderson and 4-star tight end Trenton Gillison, will look for a regional title against crosstown rival Pickerington North. Henderson, Gillison and the Tigers beat North earlier in the season, 24-21.
Arbor View (Las Vegas) at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Location: Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Will Michigan State offensive lineman commit Jacob Isaia and national powerhouse Bishop Gorman finally get a challenge? The Gaels have been beating up on teams that were supposed to be among the best in the state. They’ve allowed 13 points total in the last nine games. Now they get to take on undefeated Arbor View.
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