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“It was a surprise,” Spencer Brown said of his Michigan State offer, “but it wasn’t a surprise.”
Why wasn’t it a surprise? The Walled Lake (Mich.) Western High sophomore lineman, who projects as an offensive tackle at Michigan State, has been doing everything in his power to work toward this. He attends camps. He visits schools at every opportunity. He’s has made multiple trips to East Lansing in 2017 alone.
He transferred from Walled Lake Northern to Western, where he found more support from the coaches. Warriors coach Mike Zdebski has called coaches for Brown, scheduled workouts and helped Brown improve his grades.
“It’s a blessing to have the coaching staff that I have to help me in my recruiting process,” Brown said. “If it wasn’t for Coach Z. and all that he’s done, this couldn’t have even happened. I’m just thankful to have a person like Coach Z. in my life and other coaches to help me, too.”
That support, as well as Brown’s 6-foot-6, 295-pound frame and immense talent, has led to a flurry of offers. Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Minnesota Pitt and Syracuse have all jumped into the fray since April 20.
— Spencer Brown5️⃣5️⃣ (@s_brown55) May 3, 2017
So why was it a surprise that Michigan State offered? It’s the one for which he had been waiting. Nothing could have adequately prepared him for the news that came on Wednesday.
“My dream came true,” he said. “That’s one of my favorite schools. I listened to the coaches and they saw potential with me and really liked me. We already had a relationship, so I showed them what I could do, and they liked what they saw.”
Brown called his transition from Northern to Western “a whole 180 turnaround,” and it culminated in the Michigan State offer. Brown worked toward it by gradually building his relationship with Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
And he’s still just a sophomore. His new classmate, Michigan State receiver signee Cody White, has been in his ear. Though this was a coveted offer for Brown, he won’t rush into a decision.
Should he choose the Spartans, Brown could potentially end up on either side of the ball. But most of his contact has been with Staten, and it’s most likely that Brown will end up on offense. At this point, though, he’s not looking that far ahead.
“I’m just working out right and enjoying the process,” Brown said. “I’ve still got to help my team win games next year, so I’m not only focused on offers. That’s what I’m working on: trying to win a state championship.”
Two basketball offers extended …
What will Michigan State do to finish off its 2017 class? That’s been the question on the mind of many Spartans fans. Maybe their team will look for a graduate transfer guard. Maybe they stick with the roster at hand and award the scholarship to a walk-on.
The Michigan State staff, as it happens, seems more focused on its 2018 class right now. Two 2018 recruits picked up recent offers as the Spartans look to add to a class that already contains 4-star forward Thomas Kithier and 3-star point guard Foster Loyer.
The first went out to Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central junior Marcus Bingham Jr., a 4-star forward in the 247Sports composite. At 6-10, he possesses great length as well as range that extends beyond the 3-point line. Half of his shots in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) have come from long range, and he is hitting 42.1 percent.
— Marcus Bingham Jr (@Marcusbingham0) May 4, 2017
In the last week, Bingham has also picked up offers from Butler, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Xavier.
And on Thursday, Luguentz Dort’s AAU club Brookwood Elite tweeted that the Spartans offered. The 6-4 Montreal native has averaged 21.0 points and 4.9 rebounds on the Adidas circuit this spring while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.
In February, the 4-star shooting guard transferred to Calusa Prep in Miami from The Conrad Academy in Orlando, Fla.
— Brookwood Elite (@brookwoodelite) May 4, 2017
Dort also holds offers from such schools as Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon, Texas A&M and UConn.
… And two football offers extended
We’ll keep adding to the list as they come. Since our last recruiting notebook, a pair of sophomore offensive tackles — like Brown — have picked up offers from Michigan State.
On Wednesday night, it was Doug Nester. The Spring Valley (Huntington, W.Va.) standout added the Spartans to his large collection of offers including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
— Doug Nester (@Freshie74) May 4, 2017
And on Thursday, just across town, Huntington sophomore Darnell Wright announced an offer from the Spartans, as well. It adds to a list that already included Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others.
— Darnell Wright (@darnell_5232) May 4, 2017
Neither player has been rated in the 247Sports composite, but both garnered 4-star ratings from 247Sports.