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All 80,795 seats were sold at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.
One was filled by 2017 Michigan State commit Cody White, who traveled to South Bend, Ind., with his father. On the Notre Dame sideline stood a plethora of recruits, many of whom are being evaluated or pursued by the Spartans as well. Countless others inevitably watched on TV.
Prime-time games between ranked opponents with similar recruiting interests located within 150 miles of each other undoubtedly have huge recruiting implications. Michigan State’s 36-28 win over the Irish turned the heads of some and widened the eyes of those who were already looking.
Among those watching were commits to Michigan State’s 2017 class. Here’s what some of them had to say.
Them MSU Boys Playing ‼️
— WestB ™✨ (@iWestonBridges) September 18, 2016
Them dawgs ❤️✅⚔️
— Darien Clemons™ (@clemons_darien) September 18, 2016
I hope we get some respect finally…
— Hunter Rison (@hunterrison) September 18, 2016
Spartan Dawgs BABY ✳
— Mustafa Khaleefah ✳ (@Mus_khalifa2828) September 18, 2016
Amazing win go green ✳️?✳️?
— Donovan Winter (@drockvrp22) September 18, 2016
This is only the beginning ?#GoGreen ✳️
— Josiah Scott © (@JosiahScott7) September 18, 2016
In South Bend, 4-star Spartans defensive end target Tyreke Smith got a great view of the action while on an unofficial visit. The Cleveland Heights (Ohio) junior’s offer list includes Michigan State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Penn State.
— Ty. (@T_23_baller) September 18, 2016
Additionally, 4-star defensive lineman and former Michigan commit Leonard Taylor talked to IrishSportsDaily.com about his Saturday visit and said he will be in attendance at Michigan State’s home game against Wisconsin this weekend.
Taylor does not yet hold an offer from the Spartans, but he has been offered by Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State. So, if the Spartans decide to jump aboard with an offer it will be a tough task to land him.
Speaking of Hunter Rison, one of the commits mentioned above, the 4-star receiver put together quite a highlight reel in the first win of the season for Skyline (Mich.), a 35-22 final against Monroe.
Check it out.
Another in-state battle brewing?
This one doesn’t involve an in-state player, though. By his account, 3-star offensive tackle Mekhi Becton out of Highland Springs (Va.) holds 29 offers, two of which are from Michigan State and Michigan.
The 6-foot-7 high school senior took his first official visit to Michigan this weekend, per Scout’s Brian Dohn. He did not have any others scheduled at the time of the report, but he told Scout that Michigan State is “hanging around” in his recruitment.
In August, Becton named a top 10 that included Michigan State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
To get a sense of just how big Becton is, watch him devour mere mortals in this recent highlight reel.
Last week, 4-star forward Xavier Tillman’s mother, Tanya Powell-May, previewed her son’s official visit to Michigan State on Landof10.com.
Powell-May then proceeded to diligently document the visit, which took place over the weekend, and it followed the full itinerary about which she spoke. Tillman attended Michigan State class and basketball practice on his first day and had dinner at head coach Tom Izzo’s house.
— Tanya Powell-May (@tanyabball) September 17, 2016
For the rest of the visit, Tillman tried on MSU gear, played in open gym and spent a lot of time with the team, both bowling and watching the Notre Dame game.
On 247Sports, predictions have already begun to shift toward Michigan State. Tillman has already taken an official visit to Purdue and will visit Marquette this weekend, per Powell-May. These are the three schools he is still considering.
Another prospect for whom Michigan State is battling Purdue, 4-star guard Nojel Eastern out of Evanston Township (Ill.), will visit Michigan State this weekend. His high school coach, Mike Ellis, tells Landof10.com that it is an official visit. Official visits to Seton Hall and Ohio State are being scheduled as well.
The Spartans may not even wait until the weekend to see Eastern. Ellis said the MSU coaches have been in touch about coming in to see Eastern at his school. Ohio State and West Virginia had both already visited as of Monday, per Ellis.
Western Kentucky is one team not listed above that has been in recent contact with Eastern. Michigan was considered a contender at one point, but the Wolverines have since backed off and are no longer in the mix.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.