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2019 RB on Michigan State: ‘Best visit I’ve been on’
Terry Smith has been on some big visits.
The Pittsburgh Penn Hills sophomore running back camped at West Virginia last summer. He’s visited Penn State and checked out the spring game at Kentucky. Yet in comparison to all those trips, he had high praise for his Monday visit to Michigan State.
“It was really nice up there,” he said. “I like all the facilities. I love the coaches. It was probably the best visit I’ve been on.”
Smith traveled to East Lansing with two of his coaches and his teammate Julian Major, a 247Sports 3-star junior wide receiver in his own right. Major left the visit with a Michigan State offer.
Smith doesn’t yet have a Spartans offer to add the ones from Howard and UNLV, but he did leave with a strong impression of the program.
“The biggest thing that stood out to me was how many players they put in the NFL,” he said, going on to note how former players (such as recruiting interns Jairus Jones and Javon Ringer) tend to return later. “I respect how Coach (Mark) Dantonio is really about family, and he’s gonna coach you up no matter what. I think it would be a good fit there for after football.”
The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Smith describes himself as a powerful downhill runner who can also catch the ball out of the backfield — in essence, “an all-around back.”
Like any other prospective recruit, he has NFL dreams. But he also knows that those dreams can be dashed in an instant, so as he looks for a landing spot, he will have more than just the on-field product in mind.
“I need to see how that school affects you after college,” he said. “Any school can give you four years, but once you’re out of there, how that does school help you?”
That didn’t take long
On Tuesday, we told you about 3-star 2018 Dublin (Ohio) Coffman OLB Jeslord Boateng and his quest for a Michigan State offer. The Spartans have recruited him since late in his sophomore year. Now a junior, he told Land of 10 he thought an offer was close.
A day later, it happened. On Wednesday morning, Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel dropped by Dublin Coffman and extended an offer to Boateng.
— Jeslord Boateng (@JeslordBoateng6) May 10, 2017
“If I ever got an offer from them, I’d be pretty excited,” Boateng said Tuesday. “I could see myself playing there.”
Now he will have a chance to do so. Should he choose the Spartans, he would play alongside Edward Warinner, a 3-star inside linebacker at nearby Olentangy Liberty in Powell who committed to Michigan State in April and is already trying to persuade Boateng to do the same.
— Edward Warinner (@ed_warinner) May 10, 2017
Michigan State now looks like a front-runner in Boateng’s commitment, even though the 6-2 junior has not yet visited. He plans to do so during the summer and will try to make a decision before his senior season.
Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville and Syracuse have also grabbed his attention with heavy interest and offers. Add former Michigan State defensive coordinator and current Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi to the list, as well, as the Panthers also offered on Wednesday.
Spartans still in the running for 4-star DT
If you’re a Michigan State fan, you probably haven’t heard Trevor Trout’s name since the Spartans offered in late March. The 2018 4-star St. Louis Chaminade defensive tackle is the kind of player the Spartans would love to have, but not one who looks particularly likely to end up in East Lansing.
After all, he holds offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC, among others. But the Spartans continue to pursue him, as evidenced by their inclusion on his “reduced” list, released Wednesday morning.
— trevor trout ® (@totaltroutmove) May 10, 2017
“Reduced,” in this case, means he only limited his list to 19 teams. However, it’s an indication that Michigan State continues to be in the running alongside some top programs.