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.
Michigan State is “slated” to get a visit from 5-star Cass Tech (Mich.) senior Donovan Peoples-Jones on Saturday, per 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong.
Peoples-Jones, the top receiver in the 2017 class, is considered a Michigan lean, but he took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend. He originally planned to visit Florida but had to cancel due to Hurricane Matthew.
Per Wiltfong, the visit is expected to be unofficial. Spartans offensive line commit Jordan Reid, who also plays for Cass Tech, is expected in. Reid has told Land of 10 he has been an active recruiter of his high school teammates.
As seen in the recruitment of Peoples-Jones and others, plans often change throughout the week, and the word “possibly” was used to describe this MSU visit.
Four-star cornerback takes second visit
The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky’s 2018 class, 4-star Waggener cornerback Jairus Brents, made his second trip up from Louisville to East Lansing on Saturday.
— Jairus Brents (@JiggaTheShow9) October 9, 2016
Despite the loss to BYU, Brents enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding the program and his time talking with the coaches.
“I really like the coaching staff there and the environment,” he told Land of 10. “(Co-defensive coordinator Harlon) Barnett took some time out to talk to me, and I really like Coach Butler (Benton, recruiting operations coordinator) and (recruiting intern Javon) Ringer. They looked out for me and told me a lot of good things about the school.”
Brents said Barnett has not yet seen his tape and will be evaluating it soon. He was asked to be patient. To get a jump on the staff, Brents’ midseason highlights can be seen here. The first play, a punt return, features a voice saying, “Are you serious?” You might be left asking the same question.
An offer may be coming after the film is viewed. For now, the Spartans told Brents they had heard good things from his coaches. Brents, whose offer list includes Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, explained what he wants in a school.
“I’m looking for a place and a coaching staff that can develop me both on and off the field,” he said, “and a coach that can develop me and help take me to the next level that I feel comfortable with.”
Boehm feels at home in East Lansing
Sure, a win is nice, but Nick Boehm has bigger things in mind when he takes college visits.
“The main thing I’m looking for is a family atmosphere,” the De La Salle (Ill.) junior lineman told Land of 10. “I want to feel like I’m at home.”
He got that sense from Michigan State when he visited for Saturday’s game. Boehm had previously been in contact with Ringer, and on this trip, he spoke in person with both Ringer and defensive line coach Ron Burton.
Although he didn’t get a chance to speak with any players, Boehm still got the vibe of a close-knit group.
“I really like the family atmosphere that they had there,” he said. “I could definitely, in the future, see myself attending there.”
When asked what gave him that sense, he added, “Just the way the players were before the game and how they react to adversity. It just seemed like it was a brotherhood.”
Boehm “loved” the campus, which he drove aroundwith his family. He enjoyed his tour of the facilities and the time spent out on the field. He said he already knows he wants to visit again.
He has plenty of other interest to weigh as well, with schools recruiting him both on offense and on defense as an interior lineman. His film shows why, with his propensity to put guys on the ground, regardless of which side of the ball he’s on.
Along with an offer from Louisiana Tech, he’s heard from Navy and some Ivy League schools. He also might take a visit to Purdue soon. And Michigan State certainly left Boehm with a positive early impression, particularly in how the Spartans handled defeat.
“They did lose the game,” Boehm said, “but you can tell that they all believe in the system, and they believe in their coaches. I really like that.”
Spartans offer highly-touted Alabama LB
Michigan State extended an offer to 3-star Spanish Fort (Ala.) linebacker Thomas Johnston on Monday, per Wiltfong.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 11, 2016
Johnston, rated the No. 23 outside linebacker in the 2017 class, holds an offer list that includes Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Iowa, LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Oregon.
Michigan State has not brought in a commit from Alabama since defensive end Reggie Graham in 2005, presumably because of the stranglehold Alabama and Clemson have on the state. This makes it interesting that the Spartans would jump into the mix this late in the process.
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