Sparty Onlooker: Belleville visitors, upcoming Michigan State recruiting weekend
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Michigan State’s Friday night game against Furman had its downsides.
Sure, the Spartans were able to get out some early mistakes — they currently lead the Big Ten in penalties and penalty yardage with 10 and 120, respectively — and still come away with a moderately comfortable 28-13 win.
On the recruiting side, though, the scheduling limited the scope of prospective players MSU could get on the sideline for the game. Many high school teams played games on Friday night, making a visit impossible, while others played games the following day, making a visit inadvisable.
Head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff were, however, able to bring in a host of players from Belleville High School in southeast Michigan. The Tigers played Thursday, leaving their Friday open for a trip to East Lansing.
247Sports confirmed a list of four Belleville players who visited campus Friday for the Spartans’ win. The main Tigers player in attendance was 2019 offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, considered by some a 5-star prospect. He picked up an offer from MSU in June. His impressive list also includes offers from Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.
Joining him on campus were 2018 defensive backs Davion Williams and Patrick Lupro, as well as 2019 receiver Julian Barnett. Williams is receiving heavy college attention for basketball as well as football. He has visited both programs at MSU now. None of the three has been offered yet by the Spartans.
This weekend, a different story
If Friday proved to be a bit of an obstacle, this weekend will serve as an advantage. The Spartans’ upcoming bye, a rarity for a team so early in its season, allows the coaches to hit the road during the early stages of the current evaluation period.
“We can get out and recruit a little bit on the weekend,” Dantonio said at his Tuesday press conference, “so that’s a positive.”
A lot of compelling games will be taking place this weekend. Maine South 4-star offensive line commit Kevin Jarvis takes on Barrington in a battle between two of the Chicago area’s best teams. Also this Friday, 4-star tight end commit Matt Dotson and Archbishop Moeller will face another top Cincinnati-area team, Mason. Dantonio has maintained a strong presence in the area from his previous coaching job with the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Also in Ohio, Youngstown will be taking on Warren G. Harding on Friday. Harding fields 4-star athlete Lynn Bowden, a huge talent whom Michigan State has to feel it has a good shot at landing.
Tons of top talent takes the field this weekend, and while the Spartan players are resting up for Notre Dame, the coaches will have the chance to take it all in.
Spartans offer pair of linemen
The Michigan State coaches apparently didn’t want to wait until Sept. 1, the first day on which they were allowed to directly contact class of 2018 recruits. Two days prior, they extended an offer to top in-state prospect Marquan McCall, an offensive guard from Oak Park High School, just north of Detroit.
The Spartans join Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee among McCall’s Power Five offers. The 4-star prospect has visited MSU multiple times, per 247Sports.
Four days later, a 3-star prospect on the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Josh Walker of Carrollton (Ga.), announced a Michigan State offer after midnight on Saturday. Both Walker and the Spartans had played (and won) games the night before.
— Josh Walker (@walkerj5515) September 3, 2016
At the moment, Walker has the looks of an under-the-radar prospect. While he also holds offers from the likes of Georgia Southern, Samford and Tulane, the most significant other offer comes from Pittsburgh, which is coached by former MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.