Recruiting: MSU's Dantonio on road to visit 2015 commits

Recruiting: MSU's Dantonio on road to visit 2015 commits

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Recruiting: MSU's Dantonio on road to visit 2015 commits

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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is on the road this week stopping into several homes to visit class of 2015 commitments. Earlier this week he traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to visit with 4-star quarterback Brian Lewerke of Pinnacle High School. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lewerke was moved into the Rivals 250 this week following his strong performance in the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl.

From Arizona, Dantonio traveled to Houston, Texas to meet with future Spartanoffensive lineman Tyler Higby of Kinkaid High School and wide receiver Darrell Stewart of Nimitz High. The two Houston area commitments are a big step for Michigan State in a fertile recruiting area. Both the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Higby and the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Stewart are rated 3-star recruits by Rivals.com.

Larkin on the Spartan radar

Ohio recruiting is always important for Dantonio and his staff and 2015 is no different. One of the players the staff is closely evaluating is Jeremy Larkin of La Salle High School in Cincinnati. This past fall Larkin had an explosive season in which he rushed Larkin for 2584 yards and scored 42 touchdowns for a 14-1 La Salle team that won the Division II Championship.

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Larkin has seen his offer list expand in recent days. His two most recent scholarships are from Northwestern and Cincinnati. Those offers join scholarships from Boston College, Ohio University, Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio. Rivals.com ranks Larkin a 3-star recruit and the No. 5 All-Purpose running back in the nation for the class of 2016. He is also rated the No. 14 player in Ohio for his class.

Larkin’s all-purpose ability is something that Michigan State will be looking for in the class of 2016. SpartanMag.com asked Larkin about his contact with Michigan State and any college visits he has taken.

“I have talked to them (Michigan State),” Larkin said. “I think they are a great school and program and I am interested in them. I made it to a few games this fall. I went to Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan and Purdue.”

The Spartans will likely invite Larkin to East Lansing this spring so he can see a practice and build additional rapport with the staff. It is possible that he could pick up a Michigan State scholarship offer as Dantonio prefers to offer prospects in person when he has that option.

Future Spartans enjoy official visit

This past weekend Dantonio and his staff hosted seven committed players on their official visits. I was able to speak with the majority of them and all of the feedback I received was positive.

Unlike many schools that have to deal with players changing their minds and taking other visits, the Spartans spend a lot of time building strong relationships with players prior to taking their commitments. The amount of players that have made a commitment to Dantonio and changed their mind over his eight recruiting classes can essentially be counted on one hand.

Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.

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