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Two-way prospect draws lofty comparison
It’s pretty high praise when someone compares you to Justin Layne.
That’s the name Michigan State brought up to Terrell Perriman, a junior wide receiver from Miami Central. Like Layne, Perriman has been recruited primarily at receiver. And like Layne, the Spartans staff sees him potentially playing both ways.
When Michigan State linebackers coach Mark Snyder traveled down to Miami to offer Perriman, rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports composite, and his linebacker teammate Robert Hicks, Perriman was excited. He’s earned plenty of offers, but this one stood out.
“I was happy because basically he told me I could play corner,” he said. “I like playing corner. … Corner is kind of easy. It’s all about technique and basic footwork. And I’m already fast.”
Perriman hasn’t played much defense but feels like he could catch on quickly. And Michigan State, he knows, has been successful producing cornerbacks. Partially because of that, he reorganized his list of top schools.
Central Florida had previously been his favorite. Now, however, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan State make up Perriman’s top 3.
“Michigan State is in the top 3 because of what the coach told me,” Perriman said of Snyder, “that I could play both ways.”
Perriman has one visit set, Georgia in early June. Beyond that, he needs to sit down with his mother to plan out trips. Michigan State will be on the list of targets.
As he narrows things down, Perriman will be looking for the school that best helps him out financially, and he wants to know that the program will continue to look after him far beyond graduation.
Offers galore in Atlanta
Michigan State signed Atlanta Westlake CB Tre Person to the 2017 class; he will enroll in East Lansing in the summer. But Mark Dantonio and his staff want more from one of the state’s premier programs.
Three Westlake players picked up offers from Michigan State on Thursday. Let’s run down the list:
2018 RB Gino Appleberry Jr.: The 3-star junior picked up surely his biggest offer to date. Before Michigan State, his lone Power 5 offer had come from Rutgers. This one could be a game-changer.
2018 S Tyrese Ross: This 3-star junior has been a more highly sought-after prospect. Indiana, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have also offered the hard-hitting safety.
2019 WR Garrison Hand: Primarily a quarterback in high school, Hand picked up his Michigan State offer as a receiver. The sophomore now has his first scholarship offer, and it’ll certainly be one to remember.
Spartans finally offer Ohio standout
Three-star Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio) DT Tyler Bentley has been on Michigan State’s radar since before his junior season, and the lengthy recruitment has taken its next step.
Bentley announced a Michigan State offer early Thursday morning, adding to his long list.
— Tyler Bentley (@Tbcheese45) April 27, 2017
Bentley has already put together a set of offers that includes such names as Alabama, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Michigan State, because of its relationship with him, should put itself in good position to join his top schools.