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MSU travels to see 4-star WR Tommy Bush
Laredo, Texas, is not an easy destination to reach.
From the closest major city, San Antonio, it takes more than two hours to make the 150-mile trip. It sits right on the border with Mexico. But Michigan State made sure to have representation on Thursday night, per 247Sports’ EJ Holland. Bush confirmed to Land of 10 that wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel was in attendance.
Correction: Michigan State came all the way down to Laredo to see elite WR Tommy Bush
— EJ Holland (@EJHolland247) September 15, 2017
Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) High School wide receiver Tommy Bush and his team played a road game in Laredo that night against Alexander High. Bush, a 4-star senior in the 247Sports composite, landed a Michigan State offer in January and proceeded to blow up on the recruiting trail. He now holds around 50 offers.
Michigan State currently has two projected wide receivers in its 2018 class in 3-star prospects Javez Alexander and Julian Major, but it would love to add Bush, the No. 37 receiver in his class. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 190 pounds.
Bush’s offer list includes Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC.
Bush recorded just a single catch for 3 yards against Alexander, per MaxPreps, but his team didn’t need much through the air to coast to a 52-0 win. Max Preps also indicates that he has 6 grabs for 67 yards on the season, but given his senior highlights above, the yardage total seems low. Bush has 3 touchdowns on the year but has largely been the decoy for his offense.
Michigan State could make the trip because of its bye week. The Spartans do not play again until Sept. 23 against Notre Dame. For all the negatives of an early-season bye, the ability to see recruits in person will prove to be a huge bonus.
It’s especially important in regard to Bush, who will have a tough time setting up a visit to Michigan State during his season because of the distance.
Izzo visits 4-star guard Tyrese Maxey
It wasn’t just the football staff that went down to Texas. Men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo made a trip as well. He was already down south for the Steve Smith Topgolf Challenge in Atlanta on Wednesday, an event established for the former Michigan State star for whom it is named.
— Dwayne Stephens (@DjStephens31) September 13, 2017
And after that, Izzo made his way to South Garland (Texas) High just outside Dallas to check in on one of his top 2019 targets: Tyrese Maxey. The 6-3 combo guard ranks 14th in the nation and rates as a 4-star prospect.
If there’s one thing to take from this visit, it’s that Izzo and Michigan State won’t back down following the news that SMU hired Maxey’s father to be its director of player development. SMU may have all 13 247Sports Crystal Ball picks in regards to Maxey’s recruitment, but the Spartans love his game enough to keep pushing.
— Josh Ragsdale (@JoshRagsdale) September 14, 2017
Maxey is one of just two players outside of Michigan and Indiana to report a Spartans offer, along with the consensus No. 1 player in the class, 5-star University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr.
In 21 games for RM5 Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit this year, Maxey averaged 16.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals. At the Peach Jam Finals, he upped his output to 19.4 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. And he did all this playing a year ahead of his age group.
Michigan State does not yet have any 2019 commitments but likely wrapped up its 2018 class on Monday when 3-star wing Aaron Henry became the fifth Spartans pledge.
Michigan State keeps pushing for 4-star OT
We told you on Thursday about 4-star Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) offensive tackle James Ohonba, a 6-5, 320-pound standout who reportedly plans to officially visit Michigan State for the Spartans’ game against Notre Dame on Sept. 23. Ohonba landed a Michigan State offer in March.
Before that could happen, Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten visited Ohonba at his school on Thursday, per Woodland offensive coordinator Terrone Owens.
Shout Out to @Coach_Staten of Michigan State for stopping by and checking us out yesterday!
— ⭕Coach Owens❌ (@_Coach_O) September 15, 2017
The Spartans seem to be making a big late push after having missed out on Ohonba’s most recent cut list. On May 18, he named Alabama, LSU, Michigan and USC as his top four. Now Duke has both 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for his eventual commitment.
Michigan State has become very familiar with Woodland High, having landed late 2017 commit Shakur Brown in June. The 6-foot defensive back enrolled in late July after his teammates had already started preseason camp. MSU also pursued 4-star Woodland cornerback Yusuf Corker and even brought him in for an official visit, but he ultimately chose Kentucky.
Staten planned to make his way back to Michigan to see 3-star Salem (Canton, Mich.) offensive tackle Alex Howie on Friday night, Howie told Land of 10.
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