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Luke Martin had heard good things about Michigan State.
His brother Titus, now a freshman offensive lineman at Colgate, went there for a camp during his recruitment and loved the experience. So when Spartans recruiting intern Ethan McGuire got hold of Martin, a 2018 lineman, about a visit, he was in.
He made his first trip to East Lansing on Saturday with his mother and father for the 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. Fans weren’t quite as rowdy as they would’ve been for a close game, and many left early, but Martin was still blown away by Spartan Stadium and the game-day vibe.
“It’s a great atmosphere (with) a lot of great football fans,” he told Land of 10. “I got to meet some people in the stands saying that they go every single week, and I just think that’s great. I really liked it. It was a fun time. I’m glad I went.”
While there, Martin met other recruits, tried on the Michigan State jersey and spoke with co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner. The Spartans aren’t the only Big Ten team that has expressed interest. Martin receives a lot of mail from Northwestern and shares mutual interest with Indiana.
MAC schools have come calling as well. Martin received his first and so far only offer in the spring from Bowling Green, and Miami (Ohio) has sent mail.
Martin played tackle as a sophomore at Fishers (Ind.) High School, then moved to guard for the start of his junior season, and is now back at tackle because of injuries. Most schools see him as a guard or center at the college level. His 6-foot-4 frame is shorter than ideal for a tackle at the next level. Martin feels he “can play anywhere” on the offensive line.
Before football, though, his parents want him to make sure he prioritizes academics when choosing a school.
“I’m looking for great coaches, a great team,” Martin said. “I want to go attend a great school first, though.”
Top in-state talent back in East Lansing
Two home games, two unofficial visits from top prospects out of Belleville (Mich.) for Michigan State.
Quarterback Jahz Watts and athlete Jaden Littlefield made the trip, but the return visitors were their teammates, receiver Julian Barnett and offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs. Both are 2018 prospects who have already built up impressive offer lists.
Barnett has been offered by Central Michigan, Iowa State, Kentucky, Missouri and Toledo. Dobbs, rated the No. 14 prospect nationally in his class by 247Sports, holds offers from Michigan State, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.
Those are just the big ones. Asked to list his offers (probably not the nicest thing for a reporter to do), Dobbs couldn’t remember them all. And he’s just a sophomore.
The 6-foot-4 lineman first came up for the season opener against Furman and was back Saturday for the Wisconsin game. He and his teammates left early to beat traffic, but while there he spoke with director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell and hung out on the field before the game with the rest of the recruits.
“Overall, I think it was good,” Dobbs said.
No school has particularly stood out yet, as Dobbs is early in the process, but he’s visited Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State the most. It’s heartening that he has already visited the Spartans twice, and he might just be back when they host Michigan on Oct. 29.
However, that visit is still up in the air. What’s more set in stone is that he will be at the Florida State-Miami game on Oct. 8. Other than that, visit dates have not been confirmed.
But if he does make it to next month’s rivalry game, it will say even more about where things are between Dobbs and Michigan State. Three visits to a single school before November? Fans have to feel good about that.
A visit to watch for
On Monday, Land of 10 reported that 3-star Huber Heights Wayne (Ohio) defensive end Alex Reigelsperger did not visit Michigan State as planned over the weekend.
Instead, he visited Tennessee, where he picked up an offer. The late change wasn’t ideal for the MSU coaches, but you do what you have to do when a big offer sits on the table. Hard to blame Reigelsperger for that move. He’ll now be in East Lansing in October.
Keep an eye on Columbus, though, where Reigelsperger said Tuesday he’ll be taking a visit for Saturday’s Ohio State game against Rutgers. The elusive in-state offer could potentially be coming.
Reigelsperger told Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham he didn’t think he was far away from an offer. That was two months ago. Should it happen this weekend, it would certainly change the landscape of his recruitment.
Check out the new guy
On Sept. 9, Michigan State became the sixth Big Ten team to break into the class of 2018 commitment column, and it did so with a bang.
Xavier Henderson, a 4-star athlete out of Pickerington Central (Ohio), committed to the Spartans very early, and on Tuesday his midseason tape was released. Check out the video here and see his strong tackling, lockdown coverage and the excitement he provides on special teams.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.