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Just a sophomore in high school, Rahmon Hart Jr. has already been taking long trips to schools hundreds of miles from his home.
The Pittsburgh Plum Senior High wide receiver has been to Temple and Pitt within the state, but has also made trips to Kentucky and Notre Dame. And on Feb. 26, he paid his first visit to Michigan State.
“The visit went good,” he told Land of 10. “I was able to talk with the coaches and see the facilities.”
Hart mainly spoke with Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten, who recruits the Pittsburgh area, as well as wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel. Although many 2019 prospects have been recruited by the Spartans for multiple positions, Hart said Michigan State — and others — particularly like him at receiver.
In his talks with Samuel, Hart said he didn’t get a sense of specific reasons why the Spartans have shown interest and wanted him to come along — just that they like him.
“He didn’t say anything about my game or what he likes about me,” Hart said of Samuel, “but he did say that they’re really interested.”
Asked for his own perspective on what’s led to the early interest, Hart brought up two attributes: his ability to catch the ball (of course) and his size (6 feet 3, 200 pounds).
Hart currently has one FBS offer — from Temple — and FCS offers from Howard and Kentucky Christian. More could soon be on the way as he continues to take visits. Next, he’ll head to Penn State.
With Hart making so many trips, Michigan State found a way to stand out by having him in for its first weekend of spring practice.
“I say the one thing that was different from the others is that I got to watch the football team practice and go at it with each other,” he said. “That was the first spring football game I’ve been to.
“It seemed highly competitive, and I liked the way Coach Samuel was coaching the receivers and I also liked the drills they were doing.”
Cut list coming for Spartans target
Look for Michigan State to be on a shortened list for a 2018 offensive tackle on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Imhotep Institute 3-star junior Justin Johnson picked up an offer from the Spartans in February and has a lot of interest. He told Land of 10 he hopes to get up to East Lansing sometime in the spring.
Before he does, though, he’ll put out a list of his top eight schools.
I will be annoucing my unofficial Top Eight schools, on March 8th at 8PM EST.
— Justin Johnson (@BigFresh_Tep) March 7, 2017
Johnson’s offer list looks like this: Boston College, BYU, Maryland, UMass, Michigan State, Missouri, Pitt, Rutgers, San Diego State, Syracuse, Temple, Texas State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin — so he’ll have to do some cutting.
The 6-6, 300-pound standout did not start playing football until high school, but he quickly started to pick up interest. In a relatively small 2018 class, the Spartans have been selective with their offers, so it says a lot that one went to Johnson.
Until he visits, though, it looks likely that Michigan State will find its answer at tackle from an in-state prospect such as Michael Furtney, Ryan Hayes or Antwan “A.J.” Reed, three players with whom the Spartans have built strong relationships.
Michigan State hoops commits move on in districts
The Michigan state high school basketball tournaments have gotten underway, and that means three Spartans commits have entered one-and-done territory.
Grand Rapids Christian senior big man Xavier Tillman, as well as juniors Thomas Kithier of Macomb Dakota and Foster Loyer of Clarkston, played their first games of districts on Monday. Here’s how they did:
- Tillman’s Eagles fought their way to a 58-43 win against East Grand Rapids despite a season-low 35 percent shooting from the field, per the school. Tillman finished with 13 points and a monstrous total of 23 rebounds — a season high.
- Kithier led Dakota to an 81-37 win against Port Huron Northern in its playoff opener. He and Jermaine Jackson Jr. each posted 19 points in the victory, per the team, while Kithier added 12 rebounds, as well.
- Loyer’s Wolves coasted to a 76-20 win against Mott as they look to make a state-title run. The Spartans commit didn’t have to do a whole lot, scoring 15 points as Clarkston rolled.
All three teams will play again Wednesday in the district semifinals.