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Recruits weren’t treated to a great game by the Michigan State team that hosted them Saturday for a 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. But many still expressed very positive reactions.
Three-star quarterback Kevin Doyle out of Malvern Prep (Pa.) told Landof10.com that he had a “great time” on his visit. Doyle was offered during the summer and took his second visit to East Lansing on Saturday.
2019 tackle Spencer Brown out of Walled Lake Northern (Mich.) echoed that sentiment and added, “I loved MSU. It’s my dream school.”
Three-star tight end Matt Harmon and 3-star athlete Jaylan Franklin both came to East Lansing representing Oscar A. Carlson High School (Mich.) and the 2018 class. Both have been offered by Cincinnati, Kentucky and Minnesota. They got the full jersey treatment and snapped some photos.
— M.Harm5 (@Harm0073) September 25, 2016
Belleville High School (Mich.) was well-represented once again by 2017 quarterback Jahz Watts, 2019 offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, 2019 receiver Julian Barnett and 2020 prospect Jaden Littlefield.
Dobbs is the most highly touted of the bunch, with an offer list that includes the Spartans, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee. Barnett has not yet reported a Michigan State offer, but he has been offered by Iowa State, Kentucky and Missouri.
— Jahz Watts (@OfficiallyJahz) September 24, 2016
And 3-star cornerback Tyrik Henderson out of Glenbard North (Ill.) in the Chicago area made the trip out. His offer list currently includes Missouri, Central Michigan and Purdue. He took the good and the maybe-not-so-good into consideration and gave his take.
All and all I enjoyed myself at Michigan State today #GoGreen?
— Tyrik Henderson (@THenn24) September 24, 2016
Michigan State didn’t get everyone on campus who was in the plans. 2020 offensive guard Justin Rogers out of Oak Park (Mich.) had previously indicated that he would be in East Lansing, but he ended up in Ann Arbor for the Michigan game on Saturday.
Rogers is just a freshman, and the Spartans will have plenty more opportunities to get him on campus.
A change of plans
3-star tight end Alex Reigelsperger of Ohio powerhouse Huber Heights Wayne had planned to visit Michigan State as well, but he made a late switch to go to Tennessee’s win over Florida.
Reigelsperger told Landof10.com that while in Knoxville he picked up a scholarship offer from the Volunteers. The offer adds to a list that includes Iowa, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and it shows that the switch was less about dwindling interest in the Spartans and more about incentive to visit Knoxville.
After all, Reigelsperger now said he plans to visit Michigan State for its rivalry game against Michigan on Oct. 29. Considering the magnitude of that game and the result of Saturday’s, this switch might just be for the best.
“I can’t wait,” he said of the upcoming visit.
Not over until pen goes to paper
Cass Tech (Mich.) senior star Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a 4-star safety, has been considered a strong Michigan lean for some time now.
However, Kelly-Powell told Landof10.com’s Jeremy Birmingham that he’s still considering other schools, hears from Ohio State often and has upcoming visits planned to Alabama and Wisconsin.
“That is far from the truth,” he told Birmingham on reports that he’s a lock to the Wolverines. “I’m really torn between a few schools.”
There was no mention of Michigan State, but Kelly-Powell does hold an offer from the Spartans. Additionally, Landof10.com spoke to 4-star cornerback Ambry Thomas on Friday, who spoke about his desire to play alongside Kelly-Powell, his cousin.
The likely destination still appears to be Michigan, but MSU fans can hold out hope.
Friday night sights
Cody White, a 3-star receiver out at Walled Lake Western (Mich.), surely had the play of the weekend among Michigan State commits.
White took a pass thrown considerably behind him by Princeton commit Johnny Tracy, snagged it with one glove and took it to the end zone. His Warriors beat Kettering to move to 5-0 on the season.
— Cody White (@lilcdub328) September 24, 2016
Another receiver commit, 4-star Hunter Rison, and his Skyline (Mich.) team took a loss Friday, but Rison still put on a show of elusiveness, looking a little bit like his father and coach, former All-Pro receiver Andre Rison.
— Hunter Rison (@hunterrison) September 24, 2016
In case you missed it, Rison also raised some eyebrows off the field last week with his pointed remarks to Landof10.com on discrimination and racial inequality in the state of Michigan and the United States as a whole.
Just a Tyger cub
Four-star point guard Tyger Campbell may just be a sophomore at La Lumiere School (Ind.), but he has already picked up an offer from and taken multiple visits to Michigan State.
The latest visit came Saturday, when Campbell came up from Indiana for an unofficial visit. While in East Lansing, he checked out the football game and toured the basketball facilities.
Thank you to the MSU coaching staff?? Had a great unofficial visit at MSU‼️ pic.twitter.com/dZyofUovrI
— Tyger Campbell (@tygercampbell15) September 24, 2016
Campbell, who already holds offers from Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, USC and UNLV, among others, is an intriguing young prospect because of his ability to break defenders down off the dribble and create shots for himself and others despite his 6-foot stature.
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