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The term “weekend,” in its literal sense, doesn’t apply to college football coaches.
When the work week wraps up for most, coaches kick into overdrive. During this time of year, it means getting recruits on campus and building relationships. This weekend presents a massive opportunity.
On Saturday, Michigan State kicks off spring practice. On Saturday, the men’s basketball team plays its final home game of the regular season. What better time to invite a bevy of football prospects?
And this time around, the staff will be bringing far more out-of-state prospects than over the past several weeks. Remember these big names. They have all confirmed with Land of 10 their plans to be present.
2018 running back Johnny Adams
The Ben Davis (Indianapolis) junior, rated a 3-star running back by the 247Sports composite, stands out as much for his commitment to academics as he does on the field. And he’s a heck of a running back, having earned offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Syrcause, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Adams will join his high school teammate, 2018 athlete Reese Taylor. Given Michigan State’s need for running backs, Adams might just end up with an offer. He holds the Michigan State coaching staff in high regard.
2019 defensive end Zach Harrison
Though just a sophomore, the 6-foot-5 Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) DE has become one of the most sought-after recruits in the Midwest. He already holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others.
2019 running back Jaren Mangham
Rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, Mangham is one of the top sophomores in Michigan. And, of course, he attends powerhouse Detroit Cass Tech, from which the Spartans have landed a host of talented players in the past, including 2017 OL signee Jordan Reid.
2018 tight end Trenton Gillison
Michigan State’s most recent 2018 commit will make his return to campus over the weekend. The 4-star Pickerington (Ohio) Central tight end pledged to the Spartans on Jan. 29 and said he “just felt right there.” His presence will certainly be important to reel in others.
Those four players join the list Land of 10 posted on Wednesday. If you missed it, here’s who’s coming.
- 2018 Grandville (Mich.) long snapper Bryce Bouwens
- 2018 Muskegon (Mich.) defensive tackle Eli Jackson
- 2018 Utica (Mich.) Eisenhower athlete Henry Janeway
- 2018 Muskegon (Mich.) athlete La’Darius Jefferson
- 2018 Muskegon (Mich.) offensive tackle Antwan “A.J.” Reed
- 2018 Ben Davis (Indianapolis) athlete Reese Taylor
- 2019 Plum (Pittsburgh) wide receiver Rahmon Hart
- 2020 Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic Central athlete Cameron Martinez
The Spartans also had been planning for a visit from Glenbard North (Carol Stream, Ill.) defensive back Tyrik Henderson, but the 5-foot-11 junior told Land of 10 he’s no longer attending.
Regardless, it will be an important weekend to build momentum in recruiting to combat the recent success of competing programs like Michigan and Notre Dame.
Visiting QB picks up offer
Did we mention that a certain Marietta (Ga.) freshman quarterback would be visiting Michigan State this weekend as well?
Six-foot-4 Harrison Bailey arrived in East Lansing on Friday and quickly picked up an offer from the Spartans, per an announcement on Twitter.
— Harrison Bailey (@HBailey_05) February 24, 2017
Bailey now holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Spartans remain in the running for 2018 OL
Much of Sciotoville (Ohio) East offensive guard Blaine Scott’s recruitment has hinged on whether Ohio State would offer. An offer from the Buckeyes, his home-state school, would surely be a game-changer.
But that offer hasn’t come, and it appears Scott has moved on. Per an announcement on Twitter, he is now “down to” 13 schools.
— Blaine Scott (@blaine_scott54) February 24, 2017
Michigan State remains in the running, along with Arkansas, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Oregon and Rutgers.
Scott visited Michigan State most recently on Feb. 11. He also attended camp in the summer and a football game in the fall, and he told Land of 10 he thinks Spartans coach Mark Dantonio has “got a real good thing going up there in East Lansing right now.”
Scott intends to enroll early at the school of his choice.