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Tom Izzo stood at the podium in the meeting room of one of Detroit’s many Quicken Loans buildings.
He addressed the $15 million gift to Michigan State from Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Gilbert’s wife Jennifer. The microphone forced Izzo to face the audience, but he turned his head for much of his speech, directing it toward Gilbert behind him.
“You’re in my recruiting speech, I want you to know, as one of our greatest alums,” Izzo said. “Because you’re an owner, it helps my recruiting. I don’t ask you to buy any players, because that’s illegal, but just your image has been important to me.”
While much of the gift will go toward heightening the fan experience at the Breslin Center, it will directly influence recruiting as well. The gift will contribute to renovations that include the addition of the Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center, a hydration station and lounges for players and recruits.
Izzo won’t be able to show these additions off for a while, but he can still use them — and Gilbert — in his pitches. He’ll have the opportunity to do so this weekend with some backcourt visitors in attendance.
After some rescheduling an a cancellation to his expected visit two weeks ago, 5-star guard Gary Trent will take his official visit to Michigan State this weekend, he announced.
— GARY TRENT JR ?⁶ (@THAT_KID_GARY) October 27, 2016
Few players in the nation can score as well as Trent, and the Spartans would be thrilled to have him help replace the production that will be lost when Eron Harris graduates. The Spartans will have to beat out Duke to get him, and to help them do so, 5-star forward commit Jaren Jackson will reportedly accompany Trent on his visit.
Land of 10 has also learned that Duane Washington Jr. will make yet another visit to Michigan State this weekend. The 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian last visited for Michigan State Madness.
Washington won’t be joined by teammate and MSU commit Xavier Tillman, which says a lot. He has garnered interest on his own, not just because of whom he plays alongside.
Looking forward, Michigan State will also get an official visit from 5-star forward Brandon McCoy over the weekend of Nov. 19, per Scout’s Josh Gershon. McCoy is ranked the No. 8 player in his class.
MSU makes moves on outside commits
About a week removed from a trip to the East Coast to face Maryland, Michigan State has offered a third player from the same school out that way.
St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) High senior Tyree Johnson, a 3-star defensive end, announced an offer from the Spartans on Thursday.
— Tyree Johnson (@Tyguwwop_) October 27, 2016
Johnson has been committed to Texas A&M since late August. He plays alongside 2019 running backs Keilan Robinson and Joachim Bangda, both of whom were offered by MSU last week.
Additionally, Michigan State continues working hard to flip 4-star South Florida (and former Ohio State) commit Bruce Judson Jr. He, like McCoy, intends to officially visit Michigan State the weekend of its game against the Buckeyes.
For now, the coaches seem to be keeping consistent contact with Judson, who they hope will offer them an explosive option at running back.
Just got off the phone with coach Dave Warner from Michigan state❗️??✳️ #GoSpartans⚔️
— Bruce Judson Jr™ (@4way_lilbruce) October 27, 2016
Football official visitors
One of Michigan State’s most prized commits, 4-star receiver and MSU legacy Hunter Rison, will take his official visit this weekend.
Can't wait for my official visit in EL this weekend✳️#GoGreen
— Hunter Rison (@hunterrison) October 26, 2016
He joins fellow commit Darien Clemons, a 3-star linebacker. Three-star receiver commit Cody White can be expected as well, as he’s told Land of 10 he intends to be at every home game. It makes sense, as he lives a quick drive away in Walled Lake, Mich.
Those commits will be able to spend some time hanging out with 3-star Sandalwood (Fla.) cornerback Ameer Speed. The 6-foot-3 senior will take his official visit to MSU over the weekend.
Excited for MSU in two days ✳️?
— Fly home☠️DELAND☠️ (@OG__speed) October 26, 2016
Yet another visit from the state’s top sophomore
One of Saturday’s most important visitors comes in from Belleville, Mich.
Sophomore offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, ranked the top 2019 prospect in Michigan and No. 14 nationally, confirmed to Land of 10 that he will be at the Michigan State game on Saturday.
He already holds offers from MSU, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee, among others. Although 247Sports’ crystal ball considers him a Michigan lean, his activity this fall indicates the Spartans are in good position.
This visit will be Dobbs’ third to Michigan State this season. He previously attended the Spartans’ games against Furman and Wisconsin.
Clearly the interest that Michigan State has shown is reciprocal.
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