On the banks of the Red Cedar, recruiting never stops. We’re here every step of the way to keep you informed with our daily notebook. Recruiting questions? Comment below or direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to get them answered.
The recruiting evaluation period that began April 15 has finally come to an end. But the offers haven’t stopped.
The Michigan State staff couldn’t visit prep powerhouse Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco one last time to see 2018 DT Sal Spina, a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite. And with the calendar turned to June, the rules won’t allow the Spartans to visit anytime soon.
But Spartans co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner did go out and see him earlier in May, and the staff has already evaluated his film. So when Bosco coach Jason Negro told Spina to expect to hear from Michigan State on Thursday, he was right on the mark. Spina on Thursday was asked to call Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett, who extended an offer.
Excited to receive my 12th offer from Michigan State! pic.twitter.com/UOqjv6obkA
— Bam Bam (@supasal34) June 1, 2017
“It was a pretty big surprise,” Spina said. “I was super excited. I’ve got family out in Michigan, and half of them are huge Spartan fans. The little extra sentiment to that made it exciting. That’s a huge offer for me right now, so I’m just thrilled.”
Spina’s family lives in Grand Rapids, and though he hasn’t seen Michigan State’s campus or watched a game in person, he has visited the state before. And what he’s seen on the field has made the offer particularly intriguing.
“I like watching them play on TV when I do see them,” he said. “I don’t get to see a ton of their games, but when I do, I like to turn them on. The fans out there are absolutely insane, and the football out there is insane. It just looks like fun to be a part of.”
Next step: setting up a visit. Barnett sent a list of dates that would work, and Spina intends to talk to his parents about getting a trip planned. He visited Harvard and Yale during Spring Break and would like to head out east again.
Colorado and Illinois join Michigan State among the Power 5 schools to offer Spina. Wherever the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect goes, academics will play a big part. Business and finance or computer science are possible majors.
Spina doesn’t want to rush into a decision, and he has not set any prospective dates for committing or cutting his list down. He wants to take the time to ensure his future school fits his needs.
“Mostly just the people that I’ll be around is my biggest thing,” he said, “that it’s a good environment for me that I can really excel in. If there’s elevated people around me, then I’ll elevate myself, which is something I’m looking for.”
Michigan State has grabbed his attention, especially Barnett’s kind works about his interest, which Spina said “was a huge compliment coming from a guy like him.” Asked what makes him stand out as a player, Spina focused on his athleticism for a player his size.
“When I can really get explosiveness off the ball, I can get a lot of knock-back and be pretty disruptive in the backfield,” he said. “I would say just the combination of the size and strength that I have with the speed that I can bring is my biggest strength.”
Spartans offer Wisconsin tackle/tight end
Snatching a Wisconsin kid away from the home-state Badgers is never easy. But it looks like Michigan State wants to take a shot at it.
On Wednesday, Green Bay Bay Port OT/TE Jack Plumb announced an offer from the Spartans. The 6-8, 240-pound junior is currently rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.
— Jack Plumb (@Jacktussplumb) May 31, 2017
Plumb, whom most have recruited as a tackle, also holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, among others. He’s also a talented basketball prospect with offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Though the Spartans have a 2018 tight end commitment from 4-star standout Trenton Gillison, they remain in search of their first offensive line commit. Should they land Plumb, he could potentially start at tight end before eventually moving to tackle.
Your obligatory Brian Bowen update
Do you still care where Brian Bowen is going to school? Do you still think Michigan State has a shot? Did you even know he’s still uncommitted?
Well, if the 5-star La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere wing knows where he’s headed, he’s still not telling. Michigan State has one more scholarship to fill if it wants, but Bowen looks intent on heading somewhere with a lot of immediate playing time available.
It was Michigan State, then Arizona, then Creighton, then Oregon, then Texas, then DePaul among possible landing spots. Now, after a recent visit to Louisville, 247Sports’ Andrew Slater expects Bowen to pick the Cardinals. There has even been speculation that he is already enrolled based on the presence of a Brian Bowen in the Louisville directory. However, that appeared to be debunked.
But now we know that Bowen has finally established a specific decision date. Unless something weird happens — which we won’t rule out — it’s happening on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
It's about that time!🏀Stay Tuned 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/zgRyKISATD
— Brian Bowen II 🏀 (@20tugs) June 1, 2017