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Chances are when Michigan State’s spring game kicks off at Spartan Stadium at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, your main focus will be checking off names as you see them.
You won’t be the only one. With three players suspended pending a sexual assault investigation and others suspended for separate reasons, per Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, simply seeing which players suit up and which don’t will give us some insight. It won’t answer every question, but it will provide some clarity.
That said, there’s still recruiting to keep an eye on. Michigan State will be welcoming plenty of recruits on Saturday — surely more than have made their plans public. Whatever issues may arise for the program from playing a public spring game during an investigation will likely be neutralized by the advantages of being transparent with the public and bringing in prospects for the event.
Fairfield (Ohio) DE Malik Vann will be at Spartan Stadium for the game. Rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite, the junior has long been a top Spartans target. His former teammate, early enrollee Josiah Scott, will host him.
Three-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) OL Jacob Isaia will take another trip to East Lansing. Michigan State has offered the 3-star prospect and would love for Isaia to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, former MSU star Bob Apisa. Offensive line coach Mark Staten and the Spartans can feel good about their chances.
Three-star St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) OLB Brian Asamoah will visit Michigan State for the game. The Spartans recently offered, part of a flurry of offers that led Asamoah to move back his commitment date. He has visited MSU multiple times, but not since his former teammate, Spartans freshman Austin Andrews, left for college before the 2016 season.
Macomb (Mich.) L’anse Creuse North athlete Myles McHaney will be back at Michigan State on Saturday. This will be his third MSU visit in the last three weeks. He thinks he would fit as an outside linebacker for the Spartans, but he’ll need to get an offer before that can happen.
Macomb (Mich.) Lutheran North kicker Jackson Griskie will take yet another visit to East Lansing. He has yet to pick up any offers, but he’s still just a sophomore. Michigan State has shown heavy interest and will have a great shot with him should it offer in the future.
Much of Michigan State’s 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes will be in attendance at the game, as well, offering the coaches some crucial help in hosting the visitors.
Michigan State offers another four prospects
The recruiting news just won’t stop.
In a week chock full of offers extended by the Spartans, four more went out since our last recruiting notebook. Let’s introduce them.
2019 St. Louis Trinity Catholic LB Shammond Cooper
This Missouri-based youngster already has an offer from nearby Illinois, as well as Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and several others. He’s projected to play on the outside.
— Shammond Cooper ⁷ (@Shammond07) March 30, 2017
2018 Calvert Hall College (Baltimore) LB Chance Campbell
Campbell clearly gets it done off the field, with offers already from five Ivy League schools as well as Army and Navy. The Spartans join Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers as the Big Ten schools that have offered. Campbell is not yet rated by the 247Sports composite.
— Chance Campbell (@ccam42) March 30, 2017
2018 Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa) DE John Waggoner
Michigan State knows him well from having recruited quarterback signee Rocky Lombardi from his rival, West Des Moines Valley. Waggoner is a 4-star prospect who has already been offered by Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and home-state Iowa, among others.
— John Waggoner (@johnwaggs_12) March 31, 2017
2018 Baldwin (Milledgeville, Ga.) WR Jatavious Harris
At 6-foot-3, the 3-star receiver has impressive size for the position. 247Sports sees Florida, Miami and South Carolina as the favorites for Harris, who is yet another example of how hard the Spartans are hitting Georgia.
— Jatavious Harris (@screamtaaye) March 31, 2017