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The live period has begun, and the biggest recruiting news for Michigan State broke Thursday afternoon when 4-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) WR Tyjon Lindsey picked up an offer from the Spartans.
— T-WAYNE…? (@tyjonlindsey) January 12, 2017
Lindsey, ranked the No. 6 receiver in the state by 247Sports, de-committed from Ohio State on Wednesday. His 247Sports Crystal Ball is leaning toward Nebraska, however.
Michigan State hopes to land a speedy slot receiver who can take some carries and help on special teams. Three-star Temple commit Raheem Blackshear has been another Spartans target who could fit that role.
Landing Lindsey would be enormous for the MSU offense, but the Spartans first need to get him on campus for a visit in order to do it.
Let the official visits begin
No need to waste any time.
The live recruiting period has begun, and Michigan State has gotten down to business. Though most official visitors will arrive Friday, 3-star DL Victor Dimukeje got a head start on his travels to East Lansing.
✈️ East Lansing
— Victor Dimukeje (@Big_vic72) January 12, 2017
The tweet comes from Romulus, Mich., just outside of Detroit, and presumably was sent while Dimukeje made his way up to Michigan State on Thursday morning.
The Spartans will have to impressive Dimukeje to overtake other suitors like Duke and Virginia Tech. He outlined to Land of 10 in December what he hopes to see on his visits.
“I want to be surrounded by great people around me,” he said, “and great coaches who could help me be a good man off the field and a better player on the field.”
Dimukeje hails from Nigeria and now attends the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore. He holds more than 35 offers but told Land of 10 he has limited his choices to MSU, Duke, Maryland, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.
And as Dimukeje comes in …
… Michigan State coaches hit the road to meet with top targets on the first day of 2017 on which they could.
The action started early for 2-star Ruben S. Ayala (Chino, Calif.) CB Emmanuel Flowers, who picked up an offer from the Spartans in December. He told Land of 10 that Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett visited him first thing in the morning Thursday.
Flowers has planned an official visit to Michigan State for Jan. 20. He’ll also visit UCLA and is determining whether to visit Idaho, San Diego State or one of his other options over his final open weekend of the live period.
Barnett had initially told 2-star Westlake (Atlanta) CB Tre Person that he would be in Georgia on Thursday morning, but plans changed. Instead, Person met with Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
Person surely didn’t mind who showed up, because he still got the Power Five offer for which he had been waiting.
Blessed to receive an offer from Michigan State University ?? pic.twitter.com/cVgpITLvEU
— ATC1$$ (@TreApc) January 12, 2017
Person, ranked the No. 240 cornerback in the class, is committed to Georgia Southern, which he plans to visit on Jan. 27. He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Colorado State, South Florida, Tulane, UMass and Western Kentucky, among others.
He started hearing from the Spartans about two weeks ago, and the recruitment has progressed quickly. He’s in talks about getting up to East Lansing for a Jan. 20 official visit, like Flowers.
Spartans linebackers coach Mark Snyder was also on the road. He headed down to Florida to meet with several players from Bartow.
— Bartow Football (@BartowFootball) January 12, 2017
The biggest name is 3-star OLB L.J. Cummings, with whom the Spartans have been in contact for several weeks now. He has been in talks about getting up to East Lansing, but he would ideally like to receive an offer before spending a weekend at MSU.
“It was good to see coach,” Cummings told Land of 10 after the visit.
And later on, Michigan State paid a visit to the aforementioned Blackshear. He will eventually take an official visit to MSU on Jan. 20, but the Spartans wanted to establish their interest sooner rather than later.
Youngsters get offers
It wasn’t just seniors who got attention on Thursday. Although Michigan State has plenty of work to do in the 2017 class, it must also plan for the future.
First, the Spartans put out an offer to a potential All-Name Team member in 2019 Pinnacle (Phoenix) QB Spencer Rattler.
— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) January 12, 2017
Rattler, who attends MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke’s alma mater, is ranked the nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. He also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and Utah.
The Spartans also extended an offer to Class of 2018 3-star Pennridge (Perkasie, Pa.) ILB Nick Tarburton. The 6-foot-3.5-inch junior also holds an offer from Maryland.
— Nick Tarburton (@NickTarburton40) January 12, 2017
The Spartans have long shown interest in Tarburton and will surely look to get him in for a visit soon.
Keep an eye on this fast-rising DT
Three-star Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) DT Austin Faoliu is no longer an Arizona commit.
— Austin Faoliu (@Faoliu_10) January 11, 2017
Faoliu explained the decision as “the best way for me to seek my options.” Michigan State offered him on Dec. 28, and not long after, Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas and Virginia did the same.
Faoliu told Land of 10 he will now plan out all of his official visits. He had initially said he planned to visit Michigan State, and he certainly still could. But the offers that have followed put that into question. He has three available weekends, and he can’t visit all of these suitors.