Michigan State is trying to put the finishing touches on its football recruiting class of 2015, and several players from Georgia are being targeted.
Under coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has had tremendous success in the Peach State. First-round NFL draft pick Darqueze Dennard was from Georgia, as are four current players: wide receivers Keith Mumphery and Andre Sims Jr., defensive back Nick Tompkins and defensive end Montez Sweat.
The MSU staff is in the process of setting up official visits with a few Georgia prospects this fall:
Linebacker Quarte Sapp of Alpharetta Milton
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Sapp is one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation. Rivals.com rates him a four-star recruit and the No. 198 player overall. Sapp has scholarship offers from all over the country but has narrowed his choices to Michigan State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Nebraska. Sapp will take his official visit to MSU the weekend of Nov. 8, for the Ohio State game.
Defensive end Anree Saint-Amour of Suwanee North Gwinnett
Saint-Amour is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 35 player in talent-rich Georgia for the class of 2015. In addition to Michigan State, the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder has scholarship offers from 20-plus schools, including Georgia Tech, Missouri, Iowa, California, Minnesota, Ohio State and Illinois. Saint-Amour recently informed spartanmag.com that he plans on taking an official visit to Michigan State as soon as his season is over. He keeps in regular contact with the staff.
Linebacker Daniel Fennell of Loganville Grayson
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Fennell is keeping in contact with Michigan State linebackers coach Mike Tressel. Fennell is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 32 outside linebacker in the class of 2015. In addition to Michigan State, Fennell is considering scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Fennell has not set up his official visits but plans on taking all five before making his college choice.
Defensive end Russell Ude of Atlanta Westminster
Ude is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 20 defensive end in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder has narrowed his extensive scholarship offer list to a final eight, including Michigan State. Ude has official visits set up with Cal, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon, and whether he visits Michigan State could have a lot to do with whether the Spartans have scholarship room. Other Big Ten teams trying to schedule a visit include Penn State and Wisconsin.
If history is any indication, look for at least one of these players to end up signing with Michigan State in February.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for spartanmag.com and rivals.com.