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Let the focus return to football.
Michigan State’s March Madness run has ended, and while freshman hoops star Miles Bridges’ looming NBA decision will weigh heavily on fans’ minds in the coming weeks, MSU football will start to get the bulk of attention once again.
So how can the Spartans get back on track? Well, it starts with holding players and coaches accountable for mistakes on and off the field. But beyond that, the Spartans need to get on track in recruiting by going after the right guys to fit the program’s goals.
The media have not been allowed in to see Michigan State’s spring practices, but recruits have. And over the weekend, many more found their way to East Lansing to visit campus, meet coaches and check out what the Spartans have been up to.
Westerville (Ohio) North DT Jeremiah Burton and Reynoldsburg (Ohio) LB Dezman Cooper made the trip up. Both are sophomores. Cooper (wearing No. 21 below) is an up-and-coming prospect expected to be on more high-major radars soon.
— BigNasty‼️ (@jeremiahburton5) March 18, 2017
Johnston (Iowa) sophomore DB Anthony Coleman came out to visit campus on Saturday. Coleman has not announced any offers yet, but he has picked up considerable interest from his home-state Hawkeyes.
— Anthony Coleman (@AnthonyColeman0) March 18, 2017
One of the most highly touted sophomores in the nation, Springfield (Ohio) DB Moses Douglass, said he had a “great time” at Michigan State last weekend. Standing 6 feet 2, he has the size that Michigan State desires in the secondary. His list of 10-plus offers includes Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan.
I had a great time at #michiganstate today ??✅⚪️⚔️
— Moses Douglass (@MosesDouglass) March 18, 2017
Yet another sophomore, De Smet (St. Louis) QB Nate Martens, came out to see spring practice, as well. In January, he picked up his first offer from Syracuse, and Michigan State quarterbacks coach Brad Salem has begun to show considerable interest.
— Nate Martens (@natesmartens) March 18, 2017
As for the Class of 2018, 6-6 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) DT PJ Mustipher, who had said he would make the long trip to Michigan State, came through. Mustipher, rated a 4-star prospect and the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite, already held a Spartans offer coming into the visit, which allowed him face time with the staff that has put a lot of effort into recruiting him.
"Give me a place to stand and I shall move the world" Had a great time in EL felt good to be back. Go Green! pic.twitter.com/dYXzlUF97L
— Pj Mustipher (@KingPJ55) March 18, 2017
Many others came in to see campus as well, but the players listed above were the main headliners of the weekend.
Two more receive offers
Better hope Ohio State doesn’t offer.
Michigan State entered Buckeyes territory — Columbus, Ohio — and extended an offer to St. Francis DeSales LB Brian Asamoah, he announced on Sunday during MSU basketball’s loss to Kansas.
I am extremely blessed to say I have received my 21st Scholarship offer from Michigan State University. pic.twitter.com/jTTmYPVyor
— Brian Asamoah (@b_moah211) March 19, 2017
The 3-star junior has announced offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA and Wisconsin among many others. Ohio State, though, has not made the call.
Unrated 2018 OT Jordan McFadden announced an offer, as well. The Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) junior had already held offers from such schools as Duke, Indiana, Mississippi State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Blessed to receive my 19th offer from Michigan State University ?? pic.twitter.com/SPYgpIwnY0
— jmac? (@Jmac_2332) March 18, 2017
Tillman narrowly misses Mr. Basketball honors
Don’t think that Michigan fans will let this go unheard by Michigan State fans.
MSU signee Xavier Tillman, a standout senior big man for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian, has led his team to a 25-0 record, posting double-double after double-double along the way.
But on Monday, Tillman just barely missed out on the highest individual honor in Michigan high school hoops: the Mr. Basketball award. It went to Kalamazoo Central star and Michigan signee Isaiah Livers. The total points count went Livers’ way, 2,811-2,739, despite Tillman winning three more first-place votes.
One can’t deny Livers’ worthiness of such an honor after he averaged 17.5 points and 14 rebounds during the regular season. And to Tillman’s credit, he graciously congratulated his future Big Ten foe.
— Xavier Tillman (@Rookiedunker) March 20, 2017
Before the two players get to college, they’ll have one last chance to battle it out. On Tuesday, Grand Rapids Christian and Kalamazoo Central will battle it out for a berth in the Class-A state semifinals at the Breslin Center. The game will tip off at Lansing Eastern at 7 p.m. ET.
Tillman won’t be the only Spartans signee looking to win a state title on his future home court. Clarkston star and junior point guard Foster Loyer will take on 21-4 Saginaw at Davison at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Clarkston enters at 24-1.
Should Tillman and Loyer meet in the tournament, it would be in the championship game, which will take place Saturday at noon.