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Another home basketball game means another opportunity for Michigan State to bring in football recruits.
The staff has been hard at work building relationships with local recruits both by visiting their schools and inviting them on campus. For the past two games held at the Breslin Center, recruits and their families have helped fill the section across from the bench.
And when the Spartans host Iowa on Saturday, even more plan to drop in. Let’s run down the list. All hail from Michigan unless otherwise noted.
2018 Rockford offensive lineman Cody Carone
— Cody Carone (@Cjcarone) February 7, 2017
The 6-foot-5 tackle visits with his Rockford teammate Marcus Remtema (listed below) once again. The two of them attended two football games in the fall, and though they don’t have offers, they have built solid relationships with MSU.
2018 Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral linebacker Hugh Davis
MSU on Saturday ❎⚪️
IU on Sunday ?⚪️
— Hugh Davis™ (@HughhDavis) February 9, 2017
Probably the biggest name on this list, the 3-star out-of-state outside linebacker holds offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, several MAC schools and more. He’ll drop in to visit East Lansing on Saturday and then check out the Hoosiers on Sunday.
2018 Saline offensive lineman Dimitri Douglas
Saline 2018 OT Dimitri Douglas is visiting Michigan State this weekend
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) February 8, 2017
A mainstay on one of the best teams in the state, the 6-foot-4 Douglas already holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois.
2018 Muskegon athlete La’darius Jefferson
Muskegon 2018 QB Ladarius Jefferson is visiting Michigan State this weekend
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) February 7, 2017
A do-it-all athlete at his high school often seen under center, Jefferson has been offered by Air Force and Ball State. Like most on this list, he hears from Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell.
2018 L’anse Creuse North athlete Myles McHaney
L'Anse Creuse North 2018 CB/WR Myles McHaney is visiting Michigan State this weekend
1 offer https://t.co/1sZZhzcNbt
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) February 8, 2017
Projected anywhere from wide receiver to defensive end to even defensive back by some, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound McHaney has picked up a Central Michigan offer and has already visited Michigan State before.
2019 Yale linebacker Travis Miracle
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) February 9, 2017
The fantastically named ILB does not yet hold any offers, as he’s just a sophomore. But he visited Michigan State for a game during football season and will now make his return.
2018 Davison running back Tariq Reid
— UnderDawg ? (@Tariqreid810) February 7, 2017
He holds a couple of offers so far but none from FBS schools. Given his productivity in high school, it wouldn’t be surprising to see bigger offers on the way. Michigan State has long shown interest.
2018 Rockford defensive back Marcus Remtema
— MarcusRemtema2️⃣2️⃣™ (@marcusremtema22) February 7, 2017
A physical defensive back who led his Rockford team to great heights in 2016, Remtema has picked up widespread area interest but still awaits his first offer. Camps in the spring and summer should put him on track to get it.
2018 Saginaw linebacker NeVen Simington
— NeVen Simington (@NevenSimington) February 9, 2017
Yet another in-state prospect who already holds an offer from Central Michigan, Simington will return to East Lansing after visiting during the season. At 6-foot-3, he brings good size to the OLB spot.
2019 John Glenn offensive tackle Keegan Vaughan
East Lansing tomorrow ™❇️⚔️? #V4MSU
— Keegan Vaughan™ (@Keegan_Va) February 10, 2017
He lists himself at 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds. He’s a sophomore. What in the world are they feeding kids these days? Whatever it is, it has caught Michigan State’s eye.
Who won’t be visiting?
Michigan State found success in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during the 2017 recruiting cycle. National Signing Day saw the Spartans land two prospects from there, 3-star defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell and 2-star wide receiver Laress Nelson.
Landing this next target would be some kind of coup, though. Patrick Surtain Jr., son of a former Dolphins and Chiefs cornerback, has developed into a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 CB in the nation, per the 247Sports composite.
Nelson, a junior, attends the same school (American Heritage) as Nelson.
— PS2 (@patsurtain2) February 9, 2017
So it brought a little excitement when the above Twitter account posted that Surtain would visit Michigan State. However, the real Surtain notes that this account is fake. He may eventually visit, but he doesn’t have anything planned.
Which brings us to an important question: What is to be gained from creating a fake Twitter account impersonating a high school student? Let’s dwell on that until the recruiting notebook returns Monday.