With spring practice over the Michigan State staff is on the road evaluating players for the class of 2016 and 2017. Coaches are allowed to stop into high schools and watch players participate in after schools activities such as track meets or spring football practices, but they cannot have extensive contact with them.
On Wednesday, the staff extended a scholarship to Akron (Ohio) Hoban wide receiver Jonah Morris. The 6-foot-4, 197-pound Morris is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 29 player in Ohio for the class of 2016. In addition to Michigan State he also holds scholarship offers from BCS teams such as Pittsburgh, Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Maryland.
Morris has the size to play a variety of positions at the next level. He informed me that Michigan State is recruiting him as an athlete that could play wide receiver, safety or even linebacker depending on how much size he adds. He has been in contact with both coach Mark Dantonio and coach Jim Bollman.
The Spartans have been evaluating Morris since last year. Former defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was his original primary recruiter and he has kept in contact with Morris after taking the head coaching position at Pittsburgh.
The offer from Michigan State immediately moved them to the forefront of Morris’ recruitment and he indicated to me that the Spartans are definitely one of his favorites. Morris has visited Michigan State once before and is looking to comes back in June to spend some additional time with the staff.
Michigan State added five commitments over the last week and four of them were from the state of Ohio. Morris is friends with four-star commitment Justin Layne of Cleveland and he may travel back up to East Lansing with him in early June.
Spartans offer Pennsylvania OL
Another player that Michigan State extended a scholarship offer to this week is offensive line prospect Joshua Lugg of North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect is a class of 2017 prospect and now holds early offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Spartan offensive line coach Mark Staten recruits the Pittsburgh area for Michigan State and he will be looking to have Lugg visit East Lansing this summer. Lugg is also hearing from the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions.
Lugg is not the only Pittsburgh area offensive linemen that Michigan State is actively recruiting for the class of 2017. On Sunday, Robert Hainsey of Gateway High School informed me that he visited Michigan State for the Green and White Game. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Hainsey also holds a Michigan State offer. Gateway High School is where current Spartan safety Montae Nicholson graduated from.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.