On the banks of the Red Cedar, recruiting never stops. We’re here every step of the way to keep you moving along with it.
If you want to forget what happened to Michigan State football on Saturday night, how about focusing on last Friday?
For starters, 4-star Spartans receiver commit Hunter Rison victimized some hapless defenders once again. His Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline team has struggled this year but picked up a 40-7 win over local foe Huron, thanks in large part to this big return.
— Hunter Rison (@hunterrison) October 2, 2016
Michigan State fans have to be excited about the elusive wideout they’ll have coming in soon. And with the way fellow receiver commit Cody White has been playing, he may join Rison in the 4-star column by the end of this season.
Before 3-star defensive end commit Lashawn Paulino-Bell gets to campus, he’s already getting some national exposure. His No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) squad lost a 25-24 triple-overtime thriller to No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) on ESPNU on Friday, but the 6-foot-4 senior had himself a day, highlighted by this sack on Ohio State commit Tate Martell.
The game was filled with players already committed to FBS schools and those who will soon do so. Four-stars Al Blades Jr., Nik Bonitto, Elijah Moore, Asante Samuel Jr. and Rocky Shelton stood among those being recruited by Michigan State.
Blades, a defensive back and son of the late Miami standout Al Blades, got a little exposure during this game for the wrong reason. Right after his Aquinas team lost, Blades refused to shake hands with a Bishop Gorman coach.
— Franklin (@ayefranklin) October 1, 2016
This may not go over well with the schools recruiting him – one of which is MSU – but there shouldn’t be too much stock put into a move made by a high school junior when emotions are high.
On a lighter note, 3-star defensive end commit Donovan Winter celebrated his birthday Sunday, and he apparently did so with a gift basket full of Michigan State gear.
Birthday went well ✳️?? pic.twitter.com/nTEfgJ4yyz
— Donovan Winter (@drockvrp22) October 2, 2016
2017 commit talks Spartans’ struggles
Cass Tech, the class of Detroit and Michigan high school football, continued its undefeated run by dispatching Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, 31-18.
A handful of top Michigan State prospects (several of whom plan to visit soon) play for the Technicians, and even one commit, 3-star offensive lineman Jordan Reid.
Reid spoke after the game about what he’s seen from the Spartans this year. With the struggles continuing in Saturday night’s loss to Indiana, his thoughts remain relevant.
“Michigan State, you’ve just got to keep it moving, just how we are,” Reid told Land of 10. “Everyone’s just got to come together as a team how we are here at Cass Tech, and I think everything’ll go good.”
It would certainly help for Michigan State to take a page out of the Cass Tech notebook this weekend against BYU at Spartan Stadium. The Technicians haven’t lost a home game since 2008.
MSU targets visit OSU
Somehow it initially slipped through the cracks, but Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham learned that 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman made a visit to Ohio State over the weekend.
Carman holds a Michigan State offer, as does 3-star defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, who also visited Ohio State on Saturday for its 58-0 win over Rutgers. No reported offer serves as good news for Michigan State, which would surely have a hard time stealing the Ohio native away from his in-state squad.
“It was amazing,” Reigelsperger told Birmingham of the visit. “I love it there so much.”
Reigelsperger has scheduled a visit to Michigan State for its Oct. 29 game against Michigan.
If you can’t wait until next fall
Four-star forward Xavier Tillman of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian committed to Michigan State on Friday, making him the second member of the Spartans’ 2017 class.
The next day, Courtside Films released a new highlight video of Tillman that shows his unique skill set and ability to run the floor despite weighing 270 pounds. The footage comes from the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp held in June.
You can check out the video of the 6-foot-8 senior here.
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