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Despite witnessing Michigan State’s 31-14 loss to BYU firsthand on Saturday, recruits who visited East Lansing over the weekend took away plenty of positives.
Justin Rogers, a 2020 Oak Park (Mich.) offensive lineman, told Land of 10 that Michigan State “feels like home” and posted a picture by the Sparty statue on campus.
— JustinR5️⃣2️⃣ (@JustinR61966954) October 8, 2016
Rogers brought Oak Park freshman defensive back/athlete Enzo Jennings with him, and they weren’t the only set of teammates. From Detroit powerhouse Cass Tech, 4-star junior athlete Kalon Gervin (center) and freshman Deovion Brown (right) made the trip.
At Michigan state with my cass tech family pic.twitter.com/6VW1xTgPUI
— Deovion Brown (@BrownDeovion) October 8, 2016
Also from the Motor City, University of Detroit Jesuit High junior LB Elijah Collins tried on the No. 4 before the game. He holds offers from Central Michigan and Iowa State.
Had a great time at Michigan state ✅??? pic.twitter.com/FJpuc47ZE4
— SEPARATION (@Eli_Collins2) October 9, 2016
Should more losses pile up, the effect on recruiting will become greater. However, for those who like the Spartans because of the atmosphere, coaching staff, facilities and more, it seems a loss didn’t prevent a positive visit.
Brown talks Green and White
It didn’t take long for Austin Brown to seize the starting quarterback job at Detroit Catholic Central.
After halftime of his second game as a freshman last season, Brown entered the game against Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer. He already had a bit of hype surrounding him, having picked up an offer from Akron while in the eighth grade.
The Shamrocks lost that game, but Brown became the starter and hasn’t let go of the job. Now a sophomore, Brown and his team have gone 15-2 with him as the starter. That’s quite something considering the toughness of the Catholic High School League.
Michigan State noticed and started contacting Brown around the end of his freshman season. He continues to get letters from the Spartans and has taken multiple visits. The latest came Saturday.
Brown traveled to East Lansing, hung out behind the scenes, tried on the No. 19 jersey and spoke with his main recruiter, quarterbacks coach Brad Salem. It affirmed the thoughts he already had about the program.
“I love it there,” Brown said. “I would love to play for Coach (Mark) Dantonio. He’s a great coach. They want to win, and they bring football players in there, and they make great people out at that place. They’ve got a good education, and I feel like it would be a perfect fit for me and my family.”
Brown has followed up the Akron offer with ones from Miami (Ohio) and Toledo, and he has also received letters from Notre Dame. The Irish staff wants him to visit South Bend.
But Michigan State stands out for Brown. He has seen the Spartans’ ability to develop NFL quarterbacks in Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, Kirk Cousins and Connor Cook. He feels he fits the mold in terms of the types of players MSU brings in.
“The reason I like Michigan State is I feel like they bring in football players,” Brown said. “They don’t bring in 5-star recruits and prima donnas. They bring in people who can win and know how to win and who love the game.”
Martinez looks to make his mark
Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic Central freshman receiver Cameron Martinez also visited Michigan State on Saturday.
Coming from the western side of the state and playing in Class 8 (the smallest division in Michigan high school football), it’s more difficult for a player such as Martinez to grab the attention of college coaches. But a camp performance earned Martinez a Central Michigan offer before he even set foot in high school.
Now he’s playing for MCC, winner of three straight state titles, and he’s doing it all. When he’s not playing safety, cornerback or outside linebacker, he’s probably out at receiver.
While watching Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium, it was on offense where Martinez saw himself fitting in.
“I kind of watched their offense, and I like how they utilize their receivers,” he said. “Seeing that, I definitely picture myself playing wide receiver at Michigan State. I feel like I could help the program out.”
Martinez hadn’t been in too much contact with the staff before visiting, but he had the chance to talk to co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, who recruits his area of the state. He got a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium and went out on the sidelines to see the team warm up.
This kind of attention so early can be a little overwhelming, Martinez said, but he feels “blessed to have this opportunity.” The sense he got standing out on the field reminded him of that.
“It’s a good school,” Martinez said of Michigan State. “It’s a good program. When I stepped out on the sideline, it was a different type of feeling that I had just watching everybody warm up and how excited they were getting. The fans are good. It was just a good time.”
4-star linebacker picks up offer
Quin Williams, a 4-star linebacker and the No. 187 prospect in the nation in the Class of 2018, made the trip to East Lansing from Madison (Ga.) on Saturday.
There, he had the chance to meet with Dantonio, and he picked up an offer to add to his long list.
— Quin Williams (@15_Quinwilliams) October 9, 2016
Williams has also reported offers from Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
South Florida 4-star commit set for official visit
Could Michigan State get the No. 17 athlete in the nation to commit to a third different school?
Senior Bruce Judson, a 4-star prospect, shared Sunday that he plans to take an official visit to MSU the weekend the Spartans face Ohio State on Nov. 19.
— Bruce Judson Jr™ (@4way_lilbruce) October 9, 2016
The stocky 5-foot-9, 203-pound Judson is committed to South Florida and previously had been committed to the Buckeyes. He’ll see his former future school in action while visiting East Lansing.
Judson previously told SEC Country he de-committed from Ohio State when coach Urban Meyer didn’t know who he was at a recruiting showcase.
He’ll be joined at Michigan State by 3-star DB Christian Cumber, who confirmed to Land of 10 that he also plans to take an official visit that weekend.
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