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Somber, but motivated. That’s the best way to describe how Michigan State players will probably feel Saturday against BYU.
Many will be one day removed from attending the memorial service on Friday for former teammate Mylan Hicks in Detroit. Hicks was killed on Sept. 25 in Calgary, where he played for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
The players will be further reminded of Hicks with his No. 6 on the midfield logo at Spartan Stadium. Then, they’ll have to put away the sadness and play with the fire that has been building from two consecutive mistake-ridden losses.
There will be recruits on the sideline before the game eager to see how Michigan State responds to adversity. It’s a short list compared to weeks past, and one that doesn’t have any official visitors, but it includes some recognizable names. These are just a few.
Kalon Gervin, 4-star 2018 athlete
The 5-foot-11 Cass Tech (Mich.) junior, who told Land of 10 he plans to attend the Michigan vs. Michigan State game Oct. 29, will be at Saturday’s game as well, according to 247Sports’ Sean Scherer. The Wolverines and Spartans have been battling for the No. 3 prospect in Michigan.
Aidan Hutchinson, 4-star 2018 defensive end
The No. 2 recruit in Michigan will be in East Lansing on Saturday, per 247Sports. Hutchinson, the son of former Michigan standout Chris Hutchinson, is expected to lean toward the Wolverines largely because of his lineage.
Theo Day, 3-star 2018 quarterback
After a camp appearance over the summer, Day plans to return to Michigan State on Saturday, per 247Sports. He and Hutchinson are teammates at Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child and likely planned the trip together.
Nick Boehm, 2018 offensive guard
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman from Chicago’s De La Salle Institute will cross state lines for Saturday’s game, he confirmed to Land of 10. His lone offer comes from Louisiana Tech, but he has heard from many more.
Austin Brown, 2019 quarterback
The Detroit Catholic Central sophomore star, who already holds offers from several MAC schools, told Land of 10 he will attend. Brown will be joined by his teammates, 2017 lineman Blake Bueter and 2018 linebacker Carson Kovath.
Justin Rogers, 2020 offensive guard
While the Oak Park (Mich.) freshman’s initial plan to visit Michigan State for its Sept. 24 game against Wisconsin didn’t work out, he told Land of 10 he’ll be at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. He has an offer from Kentucky.
Cameron Martinez, 2020 athlete
Martinez picked up an offer from Central Michigan before he even set foot in Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic Central High School. He’s garnered early interest from the Spartans and told Land of 10 he’s on this weekend’s visitor list.
Those who won’t attend
It had been reported that 4-star receiver Oliver Martin might make the trip to Michigan State. That won’t be the case; he told Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman that he plans to visit Oregon.
Another interesting note from Dochterman’s interview is that Martin may not take any official visits. He could make his decision solely based on one-day visits, and as a senior, that decision should come in the next couple of months.
Running back Tariq Reid, who has seen his recruitment pick up after a solid start for Davison (Mich.), had reportedly planned to visit Michigan State. But, he told Land of 10 that he will not be in East Lansing this weekend because it’s homecoming at his high school.
Reid visited for the Sept. 24 game against Wisconsin and said he is planning another trip to MSU.
Henderson hearing from the Buckeyes
When you gain an early commitment from an Ohio star, it doesn’t mean the game is over.
If Ohio State likes a player, it will keep calling. And that’s the case with 4-star Michigan State commit Xavier Henderson. The Pickerington Central junior has heard regularly from the Buckeyes, his father Allen told Landof10’s Jeremy Birmingham.
Have no fear, MSU fans. Henderson’s father told Land of 10 in September that his son does not take his commitment lightly. Henderson continues to answer calls because he does not want to be impolite or burn bridges, but he does not intend to visit other schools.
“It wasn’t a hasty decision,” Allen Henderson said. “It was earlier than most people expected. It might even be earlier than we expected to make a decision, but he’s a very mature kid. He knows what he wants, and it’s a very solid commitment.”
Reed comes home
Antwan Reed, the 4-star offensive tackle who transferred from Muskegon to powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida, is home following a midseason transfer.
Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press reported that Reed returned last week and is eligible to play for Muskegon immediately. The 6-foot-4 junior’s offer list includes Michigan State, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.