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Michigan State co-offensive coordinators Dave Warner and Jim Bollman have known for a while that they like 3-star Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge senior Connor Heyward.
They just weren’t sure where they like him most. They could see him at wide receiver, outside linebacker or safety. Warner expressed that when he went down to Georgia to visit Heyward in October.
“He just told me they were going to keep in touch and that I was high on their list,” Heyward told Land of 10. “They said they might come down if we continue to advance in the playoffs.”
Peachtree Ridge finds itself in the second round of the playoffs, preparing to face undefeated Roswell on Friday. Georgia’s Class 7A title game isn’t until Dec. 10, giving Michigan State plenty of time to see Heyward should his team advance a bit further.
Hopefully for Spartans fans, he’ll still be available to take the official visit he has scheduled. Heyward plans to come up to East Lansing for the weekend of Dec. 3. That decision follows the offer he picked up Friday from Michigan State. Coach Mark Dantonio called him up and let Heyward know they want him.
“It’s a big-time offer from a school that I could see myself attending,” he said of his reaction to the offer, adding, “good football tradition and program, and I’m looking forward to visiting.”
Blessed to receive an offer from Michigan State! #GoGreen ♻️?
— Connor Heyward (@ConnorHeyward1) November 11, 2016
In their chat, Dantonio told Heyward he could see the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete on either side of the ball. Heyward surely won’t be opposed to that, as he has played just about everywhere on the field during his high school career.
Per Maxpreps, Heyward has completed 15 of 18 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 260 yards on 56 carries with 10 touchdowns. He has caught 44 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns. And he also has 62 tackles, three interceptions and has punted, kicked and returned kicks.
That’s led to an offer list that includes Arizona State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland Memphis and Pittsburgh. At this point, he said, all schools remain in consideration.
Going back to the first face-to-face meeting, Warner’s words to Heyward hold true.
“He just told me they were going to keep in touch,” Heyward said, “and that I was high on their list.”
Another cancellation for Reigelsperger
Three-star Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, who had planned to finally take a Michigan State visit for Saturday’s game against Ohio State, told Land of 10 he’ll no longer attend.
“I was going to, but some personal stuff came up,” he said.
Reigelsperger initially intended to come up for the Sept. 24 game against Wisconsin, but instead opted to go to Tennessee. A month later, he planned to visit for the Oct. 29 game against Michigan, but instead he went up to Wisconsin.
An offer doesn’t appear likely until Reigelsperger gets back on campus. He already does have a long list of offers to work with, though, including Iowa, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers and Western Michigan.
And right now, his primary focus appears to be on the state playoffs. Reigelsperger’s undefeated Wayne squad takes on Pickerington Central in the Division I regional finals on Friday. More on that below.
Games to watch
Even if you won’t be able to watch these games live, they’re worth keeping an eye on. Here are a few of the top high school games from around the country this weekend.
Michigan: Utica Eisenhower (12-0) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (12-0)
1 p.m. ET Saturday at Troy Athens High School
If Cass Tech wants to make it to the title game, it has to go through undefeated Eisenhower. The Technicians certainly have the firepower. Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones holds a Michigan State offer, even if it looks unlikely he’ll go there. Three-star offensive lineman Jordan Reid is already committed. And those are just the seniors.
A stacked junior class includes 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin and 4-star linebacker DeAndre Square, both of whom have been offered, as well as 3-star linebacker Dyontae Johnson, who has picked up MSU interest.
On talent alone, the Technicians should win this, but they’ll have to put it all together. Unfortunately for Michigan State, the conflicting game times prevent any coaches from getting out to watch.
Ohio: Huber Heights Wayne vs. Pickerington Central
7:30 p.m. ET Friday at London High School
In this game, Central fields some of Ohio’s best in the eyes of the Michigan State staff. Four-star defensive back Xavier Henderson, a junior who committed to the Spartans in September, leads the charge. He’s joined by 4-star defensive end/tight end Trenton Gillison (who has an MSU offer) and 3-star defensive back Jeremiah Wood.
Wayne will be a tough out. The Warriors tied the season opener and haven’t lost since, earning a No. 1 ranking in Ohio. Reigelsperger certainly stands out, and so does a fellow junior, L’Christian “Blue” Smith. A 4-star receiver who stands 6-foot-6, Smith holds a Michigan State offer and is strongly considering the Spartans.
Interstate: IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.)
7 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Beach Sportsplex
IMG, the nation’s No. 1 team, continues its nationwide tour as the rest of Florida plays in the state playoffs. On the defensive side, watch for 3-star Michigan State commit Jack Camper. He’s a defensive end now but will likely be a tight end in college. The main teammate he’s recruiting to MSU, 4-star receiver KJ Hamler, remains out with an ACL tear.
Bishop Sullivan has a 4-star junior quarterback, Tyler Desue, who has picked up significant interest from Michigan State. He’s joined by a bevy of top talent including 4-star Tennessee defensive commit Breyon Gaddy, who had an offer from the Spartans.
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