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The list is starting to build.
Michigan State hosts Wisconsin on Saturday. It’s a matchup between two Big Ten teams who have had numerous close battles in recent years, both of which are currently ranked in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll … and it kicks off at 12 p.m. EST.
OK, the start time isn’t ideal. You’d hope for a night game between two teams of this caliber. It should still attract a lot of attention, and it’s already doing so with recruits.
Three-star defensive back Trey Creamer from Cartersville (Ga.) will take his official visit to East Lansing this weekend, per the Detroit Free Press’ Matt Dorsey. Creamer’s offers include Cincinnati, Maryland, Minnesota and West Virginia, but he holds the Spartans in high regard.
“Michigan State is my leader right now,” Creamer said, per the report, “and I love all the coaches and how they communicate with me.”
A lot of in-state targets are expected to make the short trip to Spartan Stadium. The D Zone, which covers Michigan high school football, has been releasing names of players who will visit for the Wisconsin game.
The list, as of Tuesday, includes 2018 quarterback Bryce Bearss and 2018 linebacker Briar Bearss, 2018 receiver Cody Blankenburg, 2019 defensive end Spencer Brown, 2018 tight end Luke Buckman, 2018 running back Kyren Cunningham, 2018 lineman Jalen Mayfield and 2018 running back Tariq Reid.
Brown, a sophomore at Walled Lake Northern, may be the most intriguing of the bunch. He has yet to pick up any offers, as he’s so young, but he has reported interest from Cincinnati and Pitt as well as the Spartans.
Mayfield, who attends Grand Rapids Catholic Central, has reported offers from Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan.
Much of the list appears to be young fringe prospects looking to prove themselves who have an outside shot of picking up an offer. For top prospects, visit plans may come closer to game day as they decide between multiple options.
Additionally, this game could have implications for recruits who are being pursued by both the Spartans and Badgers, a group that includes 4-star receiver Oliver Martin and 3-star cornerback Christian Cumber. Martin, per Scout’s Sam Webb, will be in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s game against Penn State this weekend.
How about hoops?
It won’t just be football players on campus this weekend. As Landof10.com learned Monday, 4-star guard Nojel Eastern of Evanston Township (Ill.) will take his official visit this weekend.
He’ll be joined by 2018 guard Eric Hunter from Indianapolis. Hunter, a 3-star prospect, has reported offers from Butler, Purdue and Xavier, among others.
It’s a crucial time for 2017 basketball recruits like Eastern as they set up and take official visits. One player who just finished a visit, 4-star forward Xavier Tillman, spoke to Rico Beard of The Spartan Beat radio show Monday about his trip to Michigan State.
“Amazing,” he said. “It was great. I caught a bond with every single player from Tum Tum (Nairn) all the way to Kenny (Goins). You just know they’re great guys. Coach Izzo laid out the outline of what he thought I could do. We visited different places, and I talked to academic advisers. It was just amazing. It was an amazing visit.”
Tillman, if the Spartans could land him, would be a huge complement to 5-star commit Jaren Jackson Jr. However, the decision could raise questions about Michigan State’s chances with 5-star forward Brandon McCoy, another back-to-the-basket force like Tillman.
McCoy shared Monday that he will soon be naming a top five. Michigan State is expected to be on that list.
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