With the commitment of Rivals four-star Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback Messiah deWeaver, Michigan State has its first player from Ohio for the class of 2016. Ohio has provided MSU with recent All-Americas like LeVeon Bell, Jerel Worthy and Greg Jones. The staff is actively recruiting multiple players from the Buckeye State and a few more of them could certainly end up as part of MSU’s class of 2016.
Cleveland Benedictine WR Justin Layne
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound Layne is a four-star recruit, the No. 34 wide receiver prospect in the nation and the No. 163 prospect overall by Rivals.com. In addition to MSU, he has been offered by Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State to name a few schools.
Layne was one of the players MSU’s staff made a recruiting priority early on in the process. The Spartans were the first BCS team to offer him a scholarship and they have hosted him on campus numerous times over the past 18 months. Laynes’ recruitment is viewed as a battle between the Spartans and the Buckeyes.
Columbus St. Francis deSales DB Austin Andrews
The 6-0, 178-pound Andrews is a three-star recruit and the No. 52 cornerback in the nation for 2016 by Rivals.com. He is also ranked the No. 25 player in Ohio for 2016. His offer list includes MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Missouri and a host of other schools.
Andrews was offered by MSU shortly after the staff was able to watch him work out at his school. He said on several occasions that MSU is high on his list. The fact that the Spartans are set to have another cornerback drafted in the first round of the NFL draft in Trae Waynes is a positive factor. Andrews comes from a strong high school program that also produced former MSU captain and Academic All-America Travis Jackson.
Cincinnati St. Xavier TE Noah Davis
The 6-5, 235-pound is a three-star recruit and the No. 27 player in Ohio for the class of 2016 by Rivals.com. Davis presently has close to 20 scholarship offers from schools such as Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky, Boston College and many more.
Davis does not have an MSU scholarship offer at this point, but that may only be a formality. The staff has been in frequent contact and apparently very excited that he will be back on campus this weekend. An MSU offer could be tough to pass up for Davis as he is well aware that the Spartans not only like to use a lot of two tight end sets, but they also did not sign a tight end in the class of 2016.
Davis and Andrews have confirmed with me that they will be in East Lansing on Saturday for the Green and White game. Layne has a track meet so he may not be able to make the trip. You can be sure that deWeaver will be doing his part to help MSU add a few more fellow Ohio standouts to the roster.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.