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The biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Michigan State has wrapped up. And if the Spartans can’t hang their hat on a win over Michigan, at least they can say they kept it closer than many expected.
Many of the visitors took to Twitter to share photos and quick recaps of their experiences at Spartan Stadium and on campus. Let’s take a look.
One of the most important prospects on campus was 4-star Flint (Mich.) Southwestern defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey. He was just in for the day, as his official visit will come later.
— D.Bey #️⃣5️⃣2️⃣ (@FatGlizzy__) October 29, 2016
Irving-Bey got to see two of his top teams square off, and though it wasn’t the most impressive showing from the Spartans defensive line, he couldn’t have been too disappointed with the weather or the atmosphere.
Sophomore linebacker Tyrece Woods made the trip to East Lansing, joining his 4-star Martin Luther King Jr. (Mich.) teammate Ambry Thomas on campus.
It's lit up in EL already
— Tyrece Woods (@espnrece) October 29, 2016
Woods holds an offer from Eastern Michigan and has picked up widespread interest early in his high school career.
River Rouge (Mich.) junior defensive lineman Julius Lee saved a Snapchat story like Irving-Bey and posted it to Twitter after the game. In the tweet, he tagged Michigan State’s Tyriq Thompson and Michigan’s Michael Onwenu, congratulating them on their performances.
— JU (@___BigJu) October 29, 2016
Lee is looking for his first offer, but two 247Sports analysts have crystal ball predictions of a commitment to Michigan State.
Also, three-star Michigan State defensive end commit Lashawn Paulino-Bell traveled up from Florida for a visit and certainly brightened the spirits of fans with his reaction.
I love it up Here .. next few years gone be a movie ✳️❎✅
— Brazy8 (@Legendary__8) October 30, 2016
The message is a reassuring one after news came out of Paulino-Bell’s intention to visit Louisville and Nebraska. And Paulino-Bell got to hang out with fellow commits Hunter Rison, Cody White and Darien Clemons on the trip.
Yale (Mich.) senior linebacker Travis Miracle brought his great name and a Spartans sweatshirt up to East Lansing on Saturday. The sophomore does not have any offers, but he’s taken three trips to MSU so far.
3rd visit at MSU was a success?? pic.twitter.com/LulEuRmYCu
— Travis Miracle (@tmiracle62) October 30, 2016
Three-star Tennessee linebacker commit Jaquan Henderson came up to the Michigan State campus for an official visit over the weekend. He apparently left impressed with the hospitality shown to himself and his parents.
— Jaquan Henderson#1 (@JaquanHenderso2) October 30, 2016
Henderson provided an interesting addition to the visitor list because of a bit of turmoil surrounding the Tennessee program. Star running back Jalen Hurd intends to transfer and there are questions about a cryptic tweet from Jonathan Kongbo.
Three-star cornerback Ameer Speed took an official visit as well and shared his reaction afterward. Speed holds a long list of offers, but the only other official visit he has announced so far is with Virginia Tech.
Really enjoyed myself this weekend
— Fly home☠️DELAND☠️ (@OG__speed) October 30, 2016
Five-star guard Gary Trent Jr. arrived on campus Friday for an official visit that had been rescheduled and tinkered with multiple times. He left with about as positive as a reaction as you can hope for in a tweet.
Had an unbelievable
official visit to
— GARY TRENT JR ?⁶ (@THAT_KID_GARY) October 30, 2016
Trent appeared to be leaning toward Duke, so the Spartans likely emphasized the activity and atmosphere found on its large campus compared with the smaller, private-school vibe offered by Duke. He spent time with 5-star commit Jaren Jackson Jr., also on an official visit.
Jackson posted this set of photos, which included Michigan State freshman star Miles Bridges, 4-star commit Thomas Kithier, 4-star forward Brandon Johns and 4-star point guard Tyger Campbell.
— Jaren Jackson Jr. (@therealjnari_) October 30, 2016
Campbell, Jackson’s teammate at La Lumiere (Ind.), shared a picture of his own from inside the Michigan State basketball facilities. Only a sophomore, Campbell has already taken a handful of campus visits.
Love you momma??? pic.twitter.com/kJBhjAM5Du
— Tyger Campbell (@tygercampbell15) October 30, 2016
With Jackson already committed, Trent was the gem of this weekend of hoops visitors. As someone Michigan State is not necessarily favored to land, Trent and his scoring ability would be an enormous boost to an already impressive 2017 class.
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The season’s not going so well for Michigan State. How about for the players who will be coming in next season? Let’s take a look.
- Maine South (Ill.) offensive guard Kevin Jarvis led an offensive line that paved the way for a combined 250 rushing yards from quarterback Nick Leongas and starting running back Fotis Kokosioulis. The 4-star senior also helped with a pass protection that allowed Leongas (14 of 18, 180 yards) toss five touchdowns.
- Dearborn (Mich.) lineman Mustafa Khaleefah had three tackles and opened holes for 175 rushing yards for his team in 52-0 playoff win.
- Walled Lake (Mich.) Western receiver Cody White caught a pair of touchdown passes to prevent his top-ranked squad from a massive upset in the first round of the state playoffs. The Warriors beat South Lyon, 31-30.
- West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley quarterback Rocky Lombardi completed 10-of-15 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a 45-7 first-round playoff victory. Valley remains undefeated.
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell recorded two tackles and a pass defense in a 49-0 win.
- Copley (Ohio) running back Weston Bridges added to his huge season haul by rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It’s his seventh straight game of 100-plus yards, bringing him to 1,623 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season. He also returned a kick 42 yards.
- Fairfield (Ohio) defensive back Josiah Scott blocked a punt, returned a fumble for a touchdown and led a defense that allowed just 38 yards of offense in a 42-0 win over Hamilton.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.