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Official offers go out
It’s that time of year when schools send official offers to their commits and top targets. Some schools get far more creative than others. Regardless, players appreciate them.
Michigan State kept its digital offers short and sweet Tuesday morning. Have a look at the one sent to offensive line commit Dimitri Douglas of Saline, Mich.
— Dimitri Douglas (@Dimitri_70) August 1, 2017
“We are pleased and honored to officially offer you a full athletic scholarship to attend Michigan State University,” it reads.
So why now? Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn summarized what leads to this flurry of official offers that come in late summer. In short, NCAA rules prohibit schools from providing a written offer “prior to August 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.”
So until Tuesday, coaches could not indicate to any 2018 prospect in writing that they would offer any athletically related financial aid. Now they can. All this, of course, is contingent upon the recipients of these offers qualifying academically.
The offers didn’t just go out to committed prospects. Taymon Cooke, a Graham (Bluefield, Va.) wide receiver, announced early Tuesday morning that the Spartans had offered.
— T_Cooke⚜ (@TaymonCooke) August 1, 2017
Michigan State has a pair of commits projected to play wide receiver in Javez Alexander and Julian Major, but the Spartans aren’t done yet. Now they’re in on another. They join Rutgers, Virginia and West Virginia among schools that have offered Cooke.
The Spartans also continue to work for their first running back commitment. Three-star Palmetto Ridge (Naples, Fla.) running back DeMarcus Townsend, the No. 44 RB in the 2018 class, announced his offer Tuesday morning.
— DeMarcus Townsend (@DTownsend21) August 1, 2017
Arkansas, Baylor, Tennessee and UCLA also have offered Townsend, along with a host of others.
And on Tuesday afternoon, 3-star Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) defensive end Joseph Boletepeli shared that Michigan State had offered. The nation’s No. 52 strong-side defensive end has an offer list that includes Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee.
— 00000 (@JoePeli52) August 1, 2017
Michigan State already has three defensive end commits but looks poised to add another to the fold.
Another hoops target offered
On Monday we discussed the two wing players with Michigan State offers who looked like possibilities to close out the 2018 class. Now we add a third, as Ben Davis (Indianapolis) wing Aaron Henry announced on Monday night that the Spartans had offered.
— AH🎈 (@henny2x) August 1, 2017
Henry’s No. 211 ranking in the class doesn’t appear to reflect how highly touted he is. Butler, Indiana, Nebraska, Xavier and UConn all have offered, among others.
Henry plays his AAU basketball for Team Harris, a program sponsored by former Michigan State star Gary Harris. He earned his offer after a standout performance at the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas, at which he averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 54.9 percent effective field goal shooting in five games.