One of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2015 is Orchard Lake St. Mary’s cornerback Tyson Smith. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect was recently in East Lansing to learn more about the Spartan program.
Smith was offered by Michigan State earlier this summer and since then he has kept in frequent contact with the MSU staff.
“I just visited Michigan State over the weekend,” Smith stated. “I love the school and football program. I grew up liking them. I like the football program because everyone treats each other well, they all seemed to get along and love being a part of the team.”
With an early offer from MSU, the Spartans are in a strong position with Smith, but they are certainly not the only high-level program involved.
“I am hearing from just about everyone in the Big Ten conference as well as USC, UCLA and Alabama,” he said. “Several schools have talked about offering; I just need to make my way to those schools to visit. I hope to visit some, but it might be tough to do.”
Smith hopes to visit several of his top schools this fall. If he travels to East Lansing, look for him to go with his teammate and current class of 2014 commitment Jalen Watts-Jackson. The two of them form one of the best coverage duos in the Midwest.
Spartans keep eye on Brother Rice standout, U-M (lacrosse) commit
Last weekend, MSU hosted several prospects for an unofficial visit. One of the players in attendance was Birmingham Brother Rice’s Jason Alessi. The 6-foot, 180-pound Alessi is currently committed to play lacrosse at Michigan, but the chance to play Big Ten football might be too good to pass up.
“It’s going well,” Alessi said of his recruitment. “I have been offered by Cornell and most recently Air Force, as well. I’m trying to get the word out that I’m trying to play football in college because I think most schools didn’t look at me because they saw I was committed to Michigan for lacrosse. Hopefully, I get some more interest from other schools. (The visit to Michigan State) went really well. It was awesome to see the facilities at a big time D-I program look like. They told me that they will look at my first couple games from this year and then they will make a decision on me. The opportunity to play at a school like Michigan State would be unreal and very hard to turn down.”
If Alessi decides to switch his commitment from lacrosse to football, he wouldn’t be the first. Ohio State linebacker commitment Sam Hubbard was once committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse. Penn State linebacker commitment Troy Reeder was originally committed to North Carolina. The Fighting Irish and Tar Heels are two of the top lacrosse programs in the nation, but the chance to play football at the highest level is a strong draw.
Alessi said that he and his teammates want to send legendary coach Al Fracassa out a winner. Fracassa, 80, is retiring after this season. He is the sixth-winningest coach in Michigan high school football history and has a career record of 416-117-7 and with nine state championships.