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Get ready for a massive recruiting weekend right when the live period kicks off.
Michigan State commits Matt Dotson, Jordan Reid and Donovan Winter have all confirmed with Land of 10 that they will take their official visits to East Lansing starting Jan. 13. More MSU pledges will likely join them that weekend.
Along with players already on their commitment list, the Spartans have been building a solid group of targets to join the fun. Texas A&M commit and 3-star defensive end per 247Sports Tyree Johnson will visit Michigan State that weekend, as will 3-star N.C. State outside linebacker commit Nick Smith, per 247Sports.
As for the uncommitted targets, 4-star wide receiver Oliver Martin said he will venture to East Lansing next weekend, and 4-star athlete Lynn Bowden‘s coach said that’s the target date for Bowden as well.
Who else can you expect to see touring campus with the commits? A couple more names have surfaced.
The No. 2 uncommitted running back remaining in the 2017 class (per the 247Sports composite) knew he wanted to take an official visit to Michigan State. He just wasn’t quite sure when.
Now, he tells Land of 10 he will also visit MSU starting Jan. 13. The Memphis (Tenn.) Trezevant High senior follows his teammate, 3-star DE Tijuan Mason, in officially visiting East Lansing. It will be his second trip there.
“Michigan State has always been one of my favorites,” Richardson said, though he added that things changed a bit during a time when he didn’t hear from the Spartans. Still, he said, “They are very high with me.”
Richardson had been committed to Clemson but reopened his recruitment on Dec. 23. Since then, he has set up visits with the Spartans, Ole Miss and Oregon, all of which have offered.
Richardson first picked up interest from Michigan State during his sophomore year, and he mainly keeps in contact with director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell and running backs coach Dave Warner.
Detroit Lions fans, does that name sound familiar? Thought so.
The son of Robert Porcher III, who registered 95.5 sacks during an illustrious career with the Lions, will visit Michigan State starting Jan. 13. The Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High defensive end announced his plans Tuesday night.
Official to Michigan St next week??
— Robert Porcher IV (@Rporcher4) January 3, 2017
Ranked the No. 33 WDE in the nation, Porcher had previously been committed to Nebraska but, like, Richardson decided to reopen the process. He cited his intentions of being closer to his family in the decision.
For someone who goes to school in Florida, Michigan State doesn’t cut too much mileage off in comparison to Nebraska. However, Michigan surely feels like home to his father, which might have an impact.
Porcher will visit the same weekend as the aforementioned Nick Smith, a high school teammate of his. Making the trip together should certainly make them each feel more comfortable.
However, when it comes to the prospect of those two becoming a package deal, it doesn’t seem particularly likely. After all, the two had been happy committed to different schools for quite some time.
Moving day coming up for three new Spartans
Classes don’t begin until Monday, but Michigan State’s early enrollees will be getting a head start on their head start.
It appears moving day falls on Thursday for TE Jack Camper, WR Hunter Rison and CB Josiah Scott, all three of whom have signed their Big Ten tender of financial aid.
Last day in Ohio
— Josiah Scott (@JosiahScott7) January 4, 2017
The decision each of them made will allow them ample opportunity to get ahead in the classroom, in the gym and in the playbook. Scott spoke to Land of 10 about the reason why he chose to enroll early.
“It’s a good decision for me so I can go up there and get bigger, faster, stronger earlier than everyone else,” he said. “It’s a competitive edge.”
Rison, an outspoken wideout and son of Spartans legend Andre Rison, has developed a reputation as a vocal leader among recruits, and enrolling early will allow him to similarly establish himself in the locker room.
Moving into my dorm tomorrow…crazy.
— Hunter Rison (@hunterrison) January 4, 2017
And Camper, who has been groomed for college athletics at national powerhouse IMG Academy, should likely have an easier time than most acclimating to college life. This just alleviates the process even more.