Michigan State football hosted more than 200 prospects this past weekend for the marquee match-up against Oregon, a 31-28 Spartans win.
I was able to catch up with some of the recruits that were in East Lansing and asked them what they thought about MSU.
QB Chase Brice of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brice is a four-star recruit and the No. 6 quarterback prospect in the nation for 2017. He has an impressive list of scholarship offers that includes Michigan State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“Yes, I went up to the game last night,” Brice said Sunday. “It was great. I really enjoyed my time there. Such a great campus and atmosphere. It’s a special place. I talked to Coach (Dave) Warner for a good bit and he was just excited I came up to visit and see what it’s all about. I talked to Coach (Mark) Dantonio during pregame and he was excited about me making the trip, as well, and wished me luck throughout the season.”
Under Warner, MSU’s co-offensive coordinator, Michigan State has had a lot of success with players from Georgia.
OL Matt Bockhorst of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
One of the top performers at the Spartans’ summer camp was offensive lineman Matt Bockhorst.
The 6-foot-5, 297-pound prospect already holds scholarship offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Maryland and Illinois. Ohio State and Notre Dame have not offered yet, but are in frequent contact. I asked Bockhorst about his visit and his relationship with offensive line coach Mark Staten.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Bockhorst said. “The staff handled the large number of recruits extremely well, and the Spartans pulled out the win. That is what big-time college football is all about. Coach Staten is a great guy and I like the way he coaches, he cares about his players a lot.”
Rivals.com ranks Bockhorst the No. 10 player in Ohio and the No. 8 guard prospect in the nation for the class of 2017. Assistant head coach Harlon Barnett is the primary recruiter of Bockhorst for the Spartans.
ATH Javonte Richardson of Maple Heights High School in Ohio
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Richardson is one of the highest rated prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2017. Rivals.com ranks him a four-star recruit, the No. 5 Athlete, the No. 2 player in Ohio and the No. 59 player in the nation. His recruitment could come down to a battle between Michigan State and Ohio State.
“Yes, I made it, and I loved it,” Richardson said of his trip. “I really liked the campus, the facilities and most importantly the academic progress program they have going on up there. I can most definitely see myself being a Spartan. They’ve definitely moved to the top of my list.”
Richardson could project on either side of the ball at the next level. On offense, he could play either wide receiver of tight end. On defense, he could play at either linebacker or even defensive end. A lot will depend on just how much quality size Richardson adds over the next 2 years.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.
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