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Tennessee WR commit Shocky Jacques-Louis to visit Spartans
Michigan State looks ready for its biggest recruiting weekend since the Notre Dame game on Sept. 23 that yielded commitments from 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis, 4-star offensive lineman James Ohonba and 3-star running back Elijah Collins.
Shocky Jacques-Louis, a 3-star wide receiver in the 247Sports composite ratings, shared on Monday he plans to take an official visit to Michigan State this weekend for its game against Penn State. The Dunbar (Fort Myers, Fla.) senior has been verbally committed to Tennessee since Aug. 21.
MSU Official Visit This Weekend🚨🔥
— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) October 30, 2017
Michigan State is expected to have a talented roster of official visitors. Four-star Winton Woods (Cincinnati) outside linebacker Christopher Oats told Land of 10 he intends to visit for the weekend. Four-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wide receiver Tommy Bush has been eyeing a visit as well, though the long distance has kept him from confirming that it will happen. And 247Sports’ Sean Scherer has reported that Ole Miss defensive tackle commit Allen Love plans to be on campus.
Jacques-Louis received an offer from Michigan State in May. He has since taken official visits to Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan. The Spartans have also offered and pursued a fellow Volunteers wide receiver commit, 4-star senior Alontae Taylor, but the Spartans’ chances look stronger with Jacques-Louis.
Michigan State has two 3-star projected wide receivers committed to its 2018 class: Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) wideout Julian Major and Sandusky (Ohio) High quarterback Javez Alexander. The Spartans would like to add a third at the position to their 18-player class.
The 6-foot-1 Jacques-Louis ranks 94th nationally among wide receivers. He has 36 catches for 573 yards and 4 touchdowns as a senior, along with 15 rushes for 203 yards and a score, per MaxPreps. He has appeared in 10 games.
The Spartans have also been in pursuit of a pair of Tennessee de-commits. Four-star running backs Jashaun Corbin and Lyn-J Dixon, both of whom Michigan State offered before they de-committed, have been on the Spartans’ radar.
5-star athlete ‘very interested’ in Spartans
Michigan State still has work to do to finish out its 2018 class, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to 2019. Michigan State has two 4-star commits in the aforementioned Mathis and Walled Lake (Mich.) Western offensive tackle Spencer Brown, and they also have a 5-star prospect on their radar.
Horace “Bru” McCoy, the No. 1 athlete in the 2019 class, received a Michigan State offer in January. It’s not particularly significant, as almost every powerhouse from Alabama to Georgia to Ohio State has done the same. But the Spartans have caught his interest as well.
— Horace Bru McCoy (@buhbuhbru) January 18, 2017
“I’m very interested in Michigan State, for sure,” McCoy told Land of 10.
The 6-3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) athlete excels at several positions but looks primed to star at wide receiver down the road. He has 24 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown this season, per MaxPreps.
The Spartans offered McCoy’s teammate, 4-star defensive end Keyon Ware-Hudson, on Sept. 13. Defensive tackles coach Ron Burton visited him at the school the next day.
In-state linebacker blowing up
A primary indicator of whether recruits from Michigan will ultimately develop into big-time prospects seems to be an Iowa State offer.
Iowa State is coached by Matt Campbell, who recruited the state for seven years while at Toledo. He previously had a commitment from Mathis before the quarterback reopened his recruitment and ultimately chose the Spartans.
Now Marcel Lewis has an Iowa State offer, his first from a Power 5 school. The Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) linebacker announced his Cyclones offer late Friday night.
— Marcel Lewis (@marcel1lewis) October 28, 2017
Lewis, though unranked and unrated by the 247Sports composite, is one to watch for an eventual Michigan State offer. He has visited campus multiple times and has built a solid relationship with the staff.
“My impression of MSU is that I think that they can provide a lot for me,” Lewis told Land of 10 after a visit in December, “such as learning, growing as a young man and not all about just football.”
Michigan State has only offered two 2019 inside linebackers so far: 4-star Massillon (Ohio) Washington standout Jamir Thomas and 3-star Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) prospect Drake Thomas.
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