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Theo Day knows the history of quarterbacks who play for Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
The 2018 Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child QB has watched guys like Connor Cook, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton develop into NFL-caliber players during their time in East Lansing. But he’s also noticed that the Spartans have found their quarterbacks primarily outside the state.
That made the Spartans’ offer on Jan. 27 even more meaningful. Day couldn’t make it to a visit because of his basketball schedule, so Dantonio dropped by Divine Child to deliver the news.
Truly honored to say that I have been offered by Michigan State University! pic.twitter.com/lKws5n86Rd
— Theo Day (@day_gma) January 27, 2017
“Being an in-state kid, I’ve definitely been waiting for this one for a while,” he told Land of 10. “I’m very happy I got it.”
When Day traveled up to East Lansing last spring for a practice, he began to build a relationship with the staff: Dantonio, quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and his area recruiter, wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
His recruitment heated up following his performance at a Michigan State camp during the summer. His play during his junior season affirmed what the Spartans liked about him.
“(Salem’s) biggest thing is you’ve got to be accurate as a quarterback,” Day said, “and that’s what they love about me.”
Day, who rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 20 pro-style QB in the 247Sports composite, said the Spartans’ interest level puts them “right up there with anyone else.” Boston College, Kentucky and Missouri have also offered, while Iowa State and West Virginia have shown interest.
The 6-foot-5 standout’s basketball schedule might be Michigan State’s best friend. It will make visiting Boston College and others on his list difficult until the season finishes in mid-March.
But since Michigan State makes for such an easy trip, he plans to visit when the Spartans host Wisconsin on Feb. 26. He doesn’t plan to take long after that to come to a decision.
“I’m not going to push it after March, so I’m going to try to do it in the middle of March, maybe,” Day said. “Basketball ends in the middle of March, so after that, that’s when I want to get out to as many schools as I can and start making the decision.”
Michigan State appears to have jumped into the driver’s seat in Day’s recruitment. He pointed out the Spartans’ success with quarterbacks, the success of the program and his relationship with the staff as what makes it an appealing spot.
And as an in-state prospect who has seen plenty of Michigan State football, the struggles of the 2016 season didn’t dim his faith in the program’s future.
“They’ve shown in the past 10 years that they’ve had success year in and year out,” Day said. “They just had a down year this year. I’m sure they’re going to get back up. There’s no doubt about that.”
Post-National Signing Day official visit?
No, it’s not 4-star running back Cordarrian Richardson, who said on Jan. 31 that he would hold off signing until he visited Michigan State — then changed his mind a few hours later.
But Michigan State did get a visit from Poland (Ohio) Seminary kicker Colten McFadden on Wednesday.
Great visit at Michigan State today. Got to meet a lot of great people ! pic.twitter.com/yv3zme1rLk
— Colt McFadden (@Colten_McFadden) February 8, 2017
“Great visit at Michigan State today,” McFadden said. “Got to meet a lot of great people!”
McFadden confirmed to Land of 10 that it was an official visit. The visit follows several months of interest. He didn’t leave with an offer but did get an explanation.
“They plan on observing their kickers during spring ball before they make any decisions,” McFadden said.
Michigan State graduates placekicker Michael Geiger and kickoff specialist Kevin Cronin. Freshman Matt Coghlin, who came in on a grayshirt offer, has been placed on scholarship.
McFadden rates as a 4.5-star prospect, per Kohl’s Kicking. Pittsburgh has also shown interest, and Youngstown State has offered.
Spartans look to maintain Moeller pipeline
Another year, another Michigan State offer for an Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) standout.
On Thursday, 2018 Moeller defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins announced an offer from the Spartans, putting them on a list that includes such programs as Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.
— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) February 9, 2017
Hawkins, a 3-star prospect and the No. 30 DT in his class, has two teammates headed to play for Michigan State next year: 4-star tight end Matt Dotson as well as preferred walk-on commit Hunter Hughes.
Coghlin, linebacker Shane Jones and graduating receiver Monty Madaris have all come from Moeller to Michigan State.