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The second weekend of the college football season has arrived. For many, that just means Michigan State’s matchup against Western Michigan. For recruiting fanatics, that also means another opportunity for the Spartans to get recruits on campus to see a home game.
Though it’s football season, Michigan State men’s basketball will have the more important recruiting weekend. And with that, we lead off by telling you which basketball recruits plan to be on campus.
(The following recruits confirmed their intentions to visit Michigan State unless otherwise noted.)
On the basketball visitors list
Aaron Henry, 3-star Ben Davis (Indianapolis) wing
This is the big one. Aaron Henry is the only senior on the list, with four juniors listed below. He will take his official visit to Michigan State this weekend and plans to do the same at Ohio State next weekend. After that, it shouldn’t be long before he comes to a decision.
— AH🎈 (@henny2x) September 8, 2017
When Henry entered high school, he told Ben Davis coach Mark James that Michigan State and Louisville are his dream schools. Louisville is out of the picture, so if this visit lives up to expectations it should put the Spartans in the driver’s seat. It certainly won’t hurt to have MSU alumnus Gary Harris, who sponsors the AAU team Henry played for, on campus.
Keion Brooks, 4-star Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side wing
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been battling Indiana coach Archie Miller for Keion Brooks, the top junior in Indiana per the 247Sports composite. Brooks stands 6-foot-8, possesses rare length and can score inside and out. He would be a massive pickup for the Spartans.
Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier also have offered, among others. His visit plans were reported by Scout.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, 4-star Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) forward
The usual suspects in Indiana — Butler, Indiana and Purdue — have already offered Trayce Jackson-Davis. Michigan State has not. This weekend will serve as a good opportunity for his relationship with the staff to grow.
Jackson-Davis stands 6-8, like Brooks, but he primarily plays inside the arc. He excels in pick-and-roll action and finishes strong at the rim.
Mark “Rocket” Watts, 4-star Detroit Old Redford guard
The junior they call Rocket Watts reportedly planned to visit Michigan State last weekend, but that trip didn’t happen. But he visited over the summer and plans to be back on campus Saturday.
Watts is a quick combo guard who can score in bunches and takes great pride in his defensive effort. He holds a Michigan State offer, and the Spartans continue to recruit him heavily, just like with the fellow in-state target listed next.
Romeo Weems, 4-star New Haven (Mich.) wing
When Michigan State faced Bowling Green last Saturday to open the football season, Romeo Weems was there. A few days earlier, he also was on campus. And he will make the trip once again to see the Western Michigan game.
Given how strong the relationship is between Weems and the Michigan State staff, it seems like the 6-6 standout is a strong Spartans lean. He would provide them great versatility on the wing and hopes to fill a Miles Bridges-type role should he end up there.
On the football visitors list
Tariq Reid, 3-star Davison (Mich.) running back
— Rico (@Tariqreid810) September 8, 2017
Michigan State still hasn’t landed a running back in the 2018 class, and senior Tariq Reid keeps on visiting. Could he ultimately get an offer? The Spartans know him as well as any running back in the class.
MJ Griffin, 2-star Saline (Mich.) cornerback
— MJ Griffin (@Biggriff72) September 7, 2017
MJ Griffin is a junior, like all the football players listed here, and he plays alongside Spartans offensive line commit Dimitri Douglas. Though he’s not highly rated, his offer list includes Indiana, Iowa State and Kentucky.
Spencer Holstege, Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian tight end
Michigan State Visit Tomorrow! #GoGreen 💚
— Spencer Holstege (@spencerholstege) September 8, 2017
At 6-5 and 260 pounds, Spencer Holstege is a big-bodied tight end who very likely could end up as an offensive lineman in college. He remains in search of his first offer.
Stuart Kettler, East Grand Rapids (Mich.) offensive tackle
I am looking forward to some football at Spartan Stadium.https://t.co/vNfcF4zF3X
— Stuart Kettler (@KettlerStuart) September 6, 2017
Stuart Kettler told the Detroit News of his plans to visit Michigan State. He projects as an offensive tackle and, like Holstege, hails from Grand Rapids and is on the lookout for his first offer.
Marcel Lewis, Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) linebacker
Headed back up to East Lansing on Saturday #GoGreen💚❗️
— Marcel Lewis® (@marcel1lewis) September 5, 2017
Marcel Lewis has visited Michigan State multiple times and has built a solid relationship with the staff. He is an intriguing prospect at inside linebacker. He has offers from Central Michigan and Kent State, but not from the Spartans.
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