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Naytron Culpepper initially thought he’d come to a college decision in August, per 247Sports.
Now it’s September, and the 2017 defensive back’s Miami Carol City Chiefs are two games into their season. Culpepper’s coach, former Florida receiver Aubrey Hill, told Landof10.com that a decision will now probably come after the season.
“Kids,” Hill said when asked why the initial plan didn’t hold up. “I don’t know.”
Michigan State remains in good position with Culpepper. The rangy 3-star defensive back will take an official visit to MSU, Hill confirmed. Per SportsTalk, Culpepper will be in town when the Spartans host Ohio State on Nov. 19.
Hill named South Carolina and Maryland as two other teams that are in good contention for Culpepper’s services. His mention of Maryland comes as a bit of a surprise; however, Terps defensive back coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim’s latest follow on Twitter is — you guessed it — Culpepper.
So with more time for other schools to jump in on Culpepper’s recruitment, don’t be surprised if his previously stated top four of MSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and USC gets altered or expanded.
#STRecruiting: DB Naytron Culpepper of Miami, FL said he has a top four of USC, Mississippi State, Michigan State and Tennessee.
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 12, 2016
There’s a phrase that Hill makes sure to remind Culpepper of when he’s on the field. It might be just as important as he goes through this final stage of his recruitment.
“Trust your instincts.”
What a day for Irving-Bey
You don’t have to look very far to find reaction to Deron Irving-Bey’s weekend visit to Michigan. It’s all over the place.
All of it seems to be positive. Scout, for instance, wrote about how impressed the 4-star defensive end was when he left campus.
— D.Bey #️⃣5️⃣2️⃣ (@FatGlizzy__) September 3, 2016
Of course he was. When you meet Michael Jordan, regardless of what else happens, that’s probably going to be a good day.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports is thinking that Michigan might be the landing spot for the Southwestern Commencement Academy (Mich.) senior, who has been considered an MSU lean.
In his daily recruiting notebook, however, Brandon Justice of landof10.com entertained the idea that Michigan State looks to be the better fit for Irving-Bey. Both schools already have three defensive end commitments apiece, so it’s possible that Irving-Bey could play tackle.
As of right now, it’s looking like Irving-Bey will end up with either the Spartans or the Wolverines. Time will tell which one.
Tough tests for future Spartans
Friday is near, and that means Michigan State commits are preparing to play under the lights.
This weekend brings a lot of intriguing matchups. Four-star receiver Hunter Rison of Skyline (Mich.) has seen his team struggle out of the gate to an 0-2 start. Now, his Eagles take on one of the state’s best in Saline and Arizona tight end commit Bryce Wolma.
And it’s always fun when IMG Academy and tight end commit Jack Camper take the field. They play Saturday against Oklahoma’s Booker T. Washington at Independence Stadium in Louisiana.
But nothing looks quite as enticing as a Friday night throw-down between the top two teams in Iowa. No. 2 Valley High School boasts the talents of MSU quarterback commit Rocky Lombardi.
He’ll have a tough task against a defense that includes Iowa State linebacker commit Jake Hummel and Iowa defensive end target John Waggoner. This is one to keep an eye on.