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That took a pretty fast turn.
Four-star combo guard Nojel Eastern, a 6-foot-5 senior out of Evanston (Ill.), announced his commitment to Purdue on Wednesday.
Eastern had long been considered a Michigan State lean but opted for the Boilermakers over the Spartans, DePaul, Ohio State and Seton Hall. What does that mean for Michigan State?
Well, now it is much more important for the Spartans land 5-star La Lumiere (Ind.) senior Brian Bowen. He’s the only wing prospect for which they still are considered contenders.
Bowen just took an official visit to Creighton and will likely take one to Texas in the coming weeks. The Longhorns could make up some ground after that. Per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Arizona also is making a big run at Bowen.
Dominoes already starting to tilt.
Arizona coach Sean Miller is expected to see five-star wing Brian Bowen today. 'Cats could be favorite.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 16, 2016
Bowen hails from Michigan and has been on numerous visits to Michigan State. But that doesn’t make this a lock. He’ll have to be sold on more than just the idea that MSU is home.
Arizona wants Bowen to fill its glaring need at the three spot. For Michigan State, however, it’s unclear whether Miles Bridges will be back as a sophomore or will depart and open up space for Bowen to fill his spot.
This recruitment could come down to the wire.
On the official visitor list
The list is shaping up nicely for the upcoming weekend and Michigan State’s game against Ohio State. Three-star offensive guard commit Jordan Reid told Land of 10 he’ll be on campus for an official visit, giving the Spartans a 2017 prospect to show the others around.
He’ll have the chance to hang out with 4-star USC commit Hunter Echols, a defensive end prospect whom Michigan State has a good chance to flip. Three-star defensive back Naytron Culpepper is expected in as well, as long as his Friday playoff game hasn’t delayed the visit, as it has with 3-star DB Christian Cumber. And 247Sports’ Sean Scherer reports 4-star tight end Tyler Johnson will be in East Lansing, too.
For all those who will be there, a couple key prospects won’t be. Four-star South Florida commit Bruce Judson Jr., who told Land of 10 he would officially visit this weekend, tweeted last week that he won’t take any more official visits. He cited school and a potential state championship run as the reasons. Judson did not respond to a request for confirmation, but given that his Cocoa (Fla.) team plays Friday night, don’t expect him to be in attendance.
The same goes for 4-star receiver Jaylen Harris. Originally slated to visit this weekend, Harris told Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham he rescheduled for after the season. He is expected to visit in December.
2018 QB to attend Saturday’s game
Michigan State already feels it has a good shot with several junior quarterbacks. But keep an eye on El-Julian Jordan, an underrated prospect out of Detroit Central.
Jordan’s caretaker told Land of 10 that Jordan talked to Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell, and they set up a plan for a visit this Saturday.
Jordan has not had the exposure of many prospects in his class and thus does not have an offer yet. However, he has impressive arm strength, evidenced by his junior year highlights.
Spartans commit seals dinner table victory
Why not end on a fun note? Bleacher Report will be broadcasting a game between national No. 1 IMG Academy (Fla.) and Bishop Sullivan (Va.). But before that, an intra-team competition took place: IMG’s offensive and defensive lines faced off in a turkey eating contest. When that finished in a tie, it came down to mashed potatoes.
And who won that for the defense? None other than Michigan State commit Jack Camper. Check it out.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 16, 2016
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