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Bruce Judson Jr. has been in steady contact with Michigan State since he picked up an offer in May.
The 4-star South Florida commit (and former Ohio State commit) didn’t hear from the staff for a few weeks after he chose the Bulls in July, but things have since picked up. Judson speaks to co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner and is contacted regularly by offensive line coach Mark Staten, who talks to him after games and tells him to stay positive.
The next step is to get to East Lansing for a visit. Judson, a 5-foot-9 athlete from Cocoa (Fla.), had planned to come over the summer but it didn’t work out. Now, he has locked in an official visit for the weekend the Spartans face his former future team, Ohio State, on Nov. 19.
“That’s really the best one because it’s in November,” Judson said, citing a busy football schedule. “I want to go to a big game because I’ve never been to a game like that atmosphere, so I know it’s going to be big. I’ve never been to the cold, like really cold, almost to about snow.”
The anticipation has been building for a while. Michigan State commit Darien Clemons, a 3-star running back at Piqua (Ohio) High School, had long been on him about getting to campus to “just see how it is,” as Judson remembers it.
Michigan State could certainly use a player like Judson. A quarterback for his high school, he’s being recruited as a running back. The Spartans did not bring in a running back for their 2016 class, and with Clemons expected to make a switch to linebacker, there’s only 3-star Weston Bridges in 2017.
“They told me they need an explosive running back,” Judson said. “They just don’t have that running back that’s going to break and go the distance.”
Even if it’s not at running back, Judson believes he can contribute elsewhere, especially once he begins the weight training program at whichever school he chooses. Slot receiver, defense, kick and punt return, you name it.
“I’m just trying to get on the field my freshman year,” he said, “because I know I can help somebody right now.”
That list of “somebodies” has South Florida (of course), Michigan State and several other schools to which he may take official visits: Kentucky, Marshall, Nebraska and UCLA.
When Judson heads to Michigan State and any other schools, he’ll be looking for a fit that not only works for him but somewhere his parents feel comfortable as well.
“(I will) see how the coaching staff is, see how my mom likes the coaching staff,” Judson said of the upcoming visit, “(see) if my parents feel like I can be left there with the head coach, if they trust in the head coach to leave me there in his hands for the next three to four years, possibly five.”
Let’s not forgot that Judson is still a committed player, though. He’s taking these visits not because he takes that decision lightly, but because this is his last chance to see places he hasn’t seen. He remains “strong” in his commitment to South Florida.
But Michigan State has been among his top schools for quite some time now. Seeing the Spartans on TV has shown him a cool atmosphere, but he wants to check it out in person.
“I didn’t get up there during the summer,” Judson said, “and if it’s on my list, then it’s my time to see it.”
Speed-y DB sets official visit
Another Florida product has also locked in an official visit weekend with Michigan State.
Even at 6-foot-3, Ameer Speed seems intent on playing cornerback. And with his ability to stay tight in coverage, plenty of teams want the 3-star Sandalwood High School senior to do just that.
Add Michigan State to that list, as Speed said he’ll be on campus the last weekend of October, when the Spartans host Michigan.
Michigan state official the 28-30 this month ✅⚔️
— Fly home☠️MANDARIN☠️ (@OG__speed) October 12, 2016
Speed has also announced plans to take an official visit to Virginia Tech from Dec. 9-11. Apart from trips to those two schools, Speed has not shared any plans, but he did share a top eight in August that also includes Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Michigan State bursts into contention for 3-star DE
That didn’t take long.
Michigan State offered 3-star DE Bobby Roundtree on Wednesday morning, per his Largo (Fla.) coach. Just a few minutes later, Roundtree listed a new top five.
Top 5(not in specific order)
(Gets harder everyday)
— Bobby Roundtree (@RoundtreeBobby) October 12, 2016
The 6-foot-5 senior included MSU alongside Illinois, Indiana, Louisville and Virginia Tech. The Spartans leapfrogged and knocked off Minnesota and Rutgers, which had been in Roundtree’s top six.
Roundtree certainly isn’t the biggest defensive end you’ll see, but he is agile for his height and can get around blockers with quick changes of direction.
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