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College basketball is back.
But it’s not time to dismiss the Michigan State football team, right? The Spartans may be 2-7, but they still should win on Saturday against Rutgers, at least according to the oddsmakers.
And recruits aren’t giving up either. Out in California, 4-star USC defensive end commit Hunter Echols is open to picking MSU over his flourishing Trojans. Locally, recruits like DeAndre Square have said they’re not worried about recent struggles.
Recruiting will take a bit of a hit, which is to be expected after a seven-game losing streak, but all is not lost. Some prospects are sold on the idea that they can come in and make an impact immediately. Others have seen Michigan State thrive over the past decade and haven’t been as discouraged by this season as others might expect.
Many will still be on the sidelines at Spartan Stadium to see a matchup of the Big Ten’s two worst teams. Linebacker Darien Clemons and cornerback Josiah Scott are among the Michigan State commits who can be expected. Walled Lake (Mich.) Western wide receiver Cody White won’t be able to make it, as he has a playoff game.
Now let’s break down some of the uncommitted prospects Land of 10 can confirm have scheduled visits to East Lansing to see the game and hang out with the commits.
Jordan Wright, Dillard (Fla.) 3-star 2017 DE
Michigan State will almost certainly add to its defensive line depth before this recruiting cycle wraps up, given how much effort it has put into doing so. Maybe the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Wright could be the answer.
Wright is currently considering MSU, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami and Syracuse. Kentucky appears to have a slight edge, if for no reason other than it’s his only official visit so far. Michigan State has an opportunity to make a strong impression this weekend.
Tijaun Mason, Trezevant (Tenn.) 3-star 2017 DE
Mason has seen the interest in him skyrocket following a great senior season, and after Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s firing, many programs feel they can snag him away from the school to which he is committed.
Michigan State has not offered Mason, and it will have a lot to prove to the 6-6 defensive end, who recalls that the Spartans “didn’t pay me no attention” when he was on campus over the summer. He’ll be one of the centers of attention this time around, for sure.
Thayer Munford, Massillon (Ohio) Washington 4-star 2017 OT
This visit comes as somewhat of a surprise. Munford is a Pittsburgh lean, would likely be heavily interested in Ohio State if the Buckeyes offered and holds a plethora of other very impressive offers. Michigan State looks to be getting involved late.
Matt Harmon, Ypsilanti (Mich.) 3-star 2018 TE
Now at a new school, the one constant for the former Carlson (Mich.) standout seems to be frequent visits to Michigan State. At 6-5, he has great size and length, and he told Land of 10 that an MSU offer would be “really big.”
Dwayne Thompson, Brother Rice (Mich.) 2018 CB
Having already visited Michigan and a handful of MAC schools, Thompson now plans to get out to East Lansing. He does not have any offers, but with his junior season having ended a week ago, coaches will likely be evaluating his film soon to make a determination.
Addison Batton, Avon (Ind.) 2019 OG
Batton will be one of two impressive Avon sophomore offensive linemen (see below) to visit Michigan State this weekend. He has reportedly picked up interest from Duke, Iowa and Ohio State as well as the Spartans.
DJ Bowles, Avon (Ind.) 2019 OG
Batton’s teammate, a fellow offensive guard, will make the trip as well. He does not have any offers either, but it’s still very early in the process. “I’m sure it will be great,” he said of the upcoming visit.
Jalyn Phillips, Archer (Ga.) 2019 ATH
Phillips is a prospect to keep an eye on, having reported an offer from South Carolina and interest from other SEC programs like Auburn and Tennessee. He told Land of 10 he will make the extremely early trip up from Georgia on Saturday morning.
Corry Thomas, River Rouge (Mich.) 2019 CB
Just a sophomore, Thomas has already picked up heavy interest from the Spartans and potentially could be a wide receiver at the next level. He has already reported offers from Toledo and Bowling Green.
2017 class snapshot
Every Friday leading up to National Signing Day, we’ll give you an update on where Michigan State’s 2017 class stands and any changes in the last week.
Where Michigan State ranks
Michigan State’s 2017 class is currently No. 28 in the nation and No. 7 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Kevin Jarvis: 4-star guard from Park Ridge, Ill.; No. 15 OG in 2017
Matt Dotson: 4-star tight end from Cincinnati; No. 9 TE in 2017
Hunter Rison: 4-star wide receiver from Ann Arbor, Mich.; No. 45 receiver in 2017
Breakdown by position
Running backs: 1
Tight end: 2
Offensive line: 4
Defensive line: 3
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.