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When it comes to getting a firsthand feel for Michigan State football, Detroit Martin Luther King Jr. High sophomores Dequan Finn and Tyrece Woods have some pretty good inside sources to give them an idea.
They’ve got Donnie Corley, a King alumnus already making a name for himself as a true freshman receiver for the Spartans. They’ve also got Ambry Thomas, a 4-star senior and King cornerback who has developed a very strong relationship with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and his staff.
So when Finn and Woods joined Thomas made the trip up to East Lansing last Saturday alongside Thomas to watch Corley and the Spartans, they were in good hands. Corley had told Finn that MSU felt like home. Finn, King’s starting quarterback, said he had that same sense.
Headed to MSU? #V4MSU
— Dequan Finn 5️⃣ (@d1__quan) October 29, 2016
“It did feel like home,” he told Land of 10 on the phone after the game, “so much like home. I just like the atmosphere around there.”
Similarly, Thomas has told Woods, a 6-foot-2 linebacker, that the Michigan State coaches “keep it real.” Woods has gotten that same sense since he started talking with MSU’s director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell at the start of his freshman year.
“They’re really cool and some straight up guys,” Woods said. “I know that I’ll get coached well by one of the best, if not the best, coaching staffs in the nation.”
It's lit up in EL already
— Tyrece Woods (@espnrece) October 29, 2016
This marked Finn’s second visit of 2016, as he took a trip to Notre Dame in January. Woods said he has picked up significant interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Purdue, and he has been offered by Eastern Michigan.
Both said they will be back in East Lansing on Nov. 19 to see the Spartans take on Ohio State. For Finn, it’ll give him another chance to see the atmosphere that made it feel like home.
“It was all involved,” Finn said. “They just love the game of football.”
Both left Saturday a bit disappointed with the outcome — a 32-23 loss to No. 2 Michigan — but pleased that they had the chance to talk with Corley a bit. Overall, Finn and Woods found it to be a good experience.
“The atmosphere is always great,” Woods said. “The fans are energetic, and with this being a rivalry game, it was even more live. I just wish the outcome was different.”
Wright re-plans MSU official
Michigan State will get an official visit from 3-star Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) DE Jordan Wright over the weekend of its Nov. 12 game against Rutgers, Wright announced Tuesday.
Official visit to Michigan State next week✳️#GoSpartans
— That Guy??? (@JayyDubb15) November 1, 2016
Lots of dates have been shifted around for Wright. He initially intended to officially visit Michigan State in October. He also planned to take his first official visit to Syracuse, but to date, his only official has been to Kentucky.
Ranked the No. 20 weak-side defensive end in the 2017 class, Wright is currently a Florida State lean. When he visits Michigan State, though, he’ll likely get a lot of attention. The only home game sandwiched between the Michigan and Ohio State games, this will likely be a quieter recruiting weekend for the Spartans.
Washington to visit again
Very few recruits have been on the Michigan State campus more often than 2018 combo guard Duane Washington Jr.
Just in the past few weeks, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian junior has been to Michigan State Madness and the Spartans’ football game against Michigan last weekend. Now, he has told Land of 10 he plans to be at Wednesday’s men’s basketball exhibition game against Saginaw Valley State.
Washington, a teammate of MSU commit Xavier Tillman — the top-rated player from the state of Michigan in 2017 — has not yet picked up an offer from the Spartans.
In focus: Michigan State commitment highlights
You don’t have to be done with 2016 to look forward to 2017. Check out some highlights from these senior Spartans commits.
1. Wait for it. Maine South (Ill.) 4-star offensive guard Kevin Jarvis looks for someone to hit, then finds that someone.
2. Four-star Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) tight end Matt Dotson shoves off a defender and stays on his feet for a touchdown.
3. Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 3-star receiver Cody White makes a defender look silly and gets some extra yards after the catch.
4. Fairfield (Ohio) defensive back Josiah Scott picks up a fumble and beats the camera downfield for the score.
All highlights come from Hudl.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.