On the banks of the Red Cedar, recruiting never stops. We’re here every step of the way to keep you moving along with it.
Eric Hunter describes himself as “an unselfish scorer.”
Maybe it seems a little oxymoronic. Let the 3-star Tindley (Ind.) guard explain: “I like to make plays for my team as well as score when I have to.”
Sometimes he has to score much more than others, it seems. As a sophomore, he broke the school scoring record by dropping 50 points. He passed the 30-point threshold on a handful of other occasions.
The pace at which the 6-foot-3 junior plays has a big impact on his gaudy numbers. He likes to get in passing lanes, make opponents uncomfortable, turn up the pace and get easy buckets in transition, for himself or others.
“I model my game after a mix of players,” Hunter said when asked for his inspiration. “I don’t try to clone myself after one person. It’s a mix like a (Rockets guard) James Harden-type scorer and make plays like (Cavaliers guard) Kyrie Irving.”
His eye-catching style has drawn offers from Butler, East Carolina, Nebraska, Purdue and Xavier, as well as interest from Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame and Tulsa.
And back in September, Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife went down to Indianapolis to visit. He didn’t watch Hunter work out, but they did talk for about an hour, getting to know each other and discussing the Spartans.
Hunter grew up watching the Big Ten, and he’s very familiar with the Michigan State program because former Spartans and current Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris sponsors his AAU team.
A trip had been scheduled for Hunter to visit East Lansing on Sept. 24 for the football game against Wisconsin, but the plan fell through. For now, he just awaits another call from the Spartans and considers his options.
“I definitely want the best situation possible as far as being able to play right away,” Hunter said. “Definitely a defensive-minded team that likes to run and likes to score a lot of points.”
On the road again
The Michigan State coaches have continued to get out and visit some of their younger targets. After bringing in 4-star center Trevion Williams for a visit on Sept. 24, assistant coach Mike Garland returned the favor by heading out to see the 6-foot-8 Henry Ford II (Mich.) junior.
S/O to coach garland from MSU for making an appearance at my workout today ✅‼️ pic.twitter.com/bEVwUulABn
— Trevion Williams (@a1mighty_trey23) October 3, 2016
Despite an offer list that includes Illinois, UNLV, Xavier and the Spartans, Williams seems to have fallen a bit under the radar. He played his AAU ball with the Michigan Mustangs 16U team in the spring and summer.
Is there a chance?
Although 4-star receiver Jaylen Harris listed Michigan State in his top five in August, it would take some seriously impressive recruiting work for him to end up in East Lansing.
The 6-foot-5 senior will be in Columbus this weekend visiting Ohio State. The home-state school appears to have the advantage at this point, solidified by Harris retweeting a note about a 247Sports Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Buckeyes.
OSU picked up crystal ball for 4 ?WR Jaylen Harris(@JHarris5_)
— #BringOnTheHoosiers (@goodquotes4u2c) October 6, 2016
What makes Harris so coveted? Just check out this Cleveland.com video showing not only his impressive size, length and agility, but also the way he approaches his unique opportunity mentally.
Cumber sets official visits
Michigan State and Wisconsin are emerging as the front-runners for 3-star defensive back Christian Cumber.
Cumber confirmed to Land of 10 that he plans to officially visit Michigan State over the weekend of Nov. 19, when the Spartans face Ohio State. He will also be on an official visit to Wisconsin for its Oct. 29 game against Nebraska, per Scout’s Blair Angulo.
For a period of time, it looked as though Michigan State had the clear lead for Cumber’s services, but Wisconsin offered in mid-September and has since come on strong.
Playing the waiting game
One of Michigan State’s top 2017 targets, 4-star receiver Oliver Martin, confirmed to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong that he will not visit East Lansing this weekend.
Martin had told Scott Dochterman of Land of 10 that he intends to visit Oregon this weekend, but even that could be called into question. Numerous scheduling changes have made it so that no visit should be considered set in stone until Martin is present on the sideline.
As of now, Martin is considering Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon.
Kudos for commits
It’s All-American season.
Two of Michigan State’s three 4-star commits in the 2017 class, lineman Kevin Jarvis and receiver Hunter Rison, have been selected for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. The game will be held on Jan. 14, 2017, at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
— Blue-Grey Football (@BlueGreyFB) October 5, 2016
Jarvis has also been nominated for a chance at one of the final Under Armour All-America Game roster spots. His fate (and that of the other players) will be determined by fan voting.
— Kevin Jarvis (@Kevinjarvis71) October 6, 2016
In the first round, Jarvis will be pitted against, of course, a future Michigan Wolverines player. Joshua Ross, a 4-star linebacker commit, is his competitor.
The game will take place in Orlando and be broadcast on ESPN on New Year’s Day 2017.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.