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So it begins.
On Friday, the final contact period leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 7 began. Until Feb. 3, coaches can have face-to-face contact with 2018 recruits on their campuses, at their schools and in their homes.
It’s usually the busiest time of the year for recruiting, but after the vast majority of senior recruits signed during the early period in December, there won’t be quite as much fanfare. Still, Michigan State has a few more needs to fill.
One of those is on the defensive line, and Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten headed south Friday to meet with Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado. The 6-foot-5 senior is unranked and unrated in the 247Sports composite, largely because he moved to the United States from Italy in July.
— Habakkuk Baldonado (@abba1999) January 12, 2018
Baldonado has not received a Michigan State offer but plans to take an official visit starting Jan. 19. Central Florida has offered and Oregon has shown heavy interest.
The Spartans also have a need at wide receiver, and 4-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wide receiver Tommy Bush has long been near the top of their list. Bush told Land of 10 that he does not yet know of any plans to meet with MSU coaches.
That’s likely because coach Mark Dantonio and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel need to be on campus. They will be welcoming a large haul of recruits this weekend, two of them official visitors. So let’s get to the list. All have been confirmed by Land of 10.
Michigan State expected official visitors (2018 class)
3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory
No uncommitted recruit has been more outspoken about his wishes to play for Michigan State. Dashaun Mallory has long considered MSU his dream school but has had to work for clearance to visit. Now that everything is in order, he plans to be on campus Friday and could potentially leave as a committed recruit.
3-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) wide receiver Jalen Nailor
Michigan State has begun to look like the frontrunner for Jalen Nailor. The wide receiver they call Speedy attended the Spartans’ Holiday Bowl win with his teammate, Spartans signee Jacob Isaia, and now plans to take his official visit. An Arizona State commit until the Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham, Nailor feels he would be a good fit with the Spartans.
Michigan State expected unofficial visitors (2019 class)
4-star Detroit Cass Tech running back Jaren Mangham
When Michigan State landed early enrollee Kalon Gervin, it also put itself in good position with one of his former teammates, Jaren Mangham. The No. 6 junior in Michigan has offers from some of the nation’s best schools, but the Spartans are near the top.
3-star West Bloomfield (Mich.) linebacker Lance Dixon
With offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, Lance Dixon is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after recruits in the Midwest. He’s also becoming a regular at MSU, where West Bloomfield alumnus Trishton Jackson plays wide receiver.
Zeeland (Mich.) East defensive end Adam Berghorst
When Dantonio offered Adam Berghorst in December, he said he sees the 6-7 defensive end staying right where he’s at and fitting the mold of Spartans like William Gholston and Shilique Calhoun. Berghorst is a multi-sport star but wants to play football in college.
Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) linebacker Marcel Lewis
Marcel Lewis is a soft-spoken junior whose loud game speaks for itself. It’s earned him an offer from Iowa State, but no Big Ten teams have jumped into the race yet. Regardless, he has a strong relationship with Michigan State from visiting several times.
West Bloomfield (Mich.) wide receiver Tre Mosley
Add Tre Mosley to the list of standout wide receivers to come through West Bloomfield. With Wisconsin signees A.J. Abbott and Taj Mustapha graduating, he should see a lot more playing time as a senior and could potentially earn a Michigan State offer.
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