Donovan Peoples-Jones, state's top football recruit, set to visit MSU

Donovan Peoples-Jones, state's top football recruit, set to visit MSU

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Donovan Peoples-Jones, state's top football recruit, set to visit MSU

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Detroit Cass Tech receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones during a game against Detroit King on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Detroit.

Detroit Cass Tech receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones during a game against Detroit King on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Detroit.

The state of Michigan’s top football recruit for the Class of 2017 is stopping by East Lansing this weekend.

Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, a 5-star recruit, tweeted today he’ll visit Michigan State as the Spartans take on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Peoples-Jones, the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation for 2017 and the No. 12 player overall according to 247Sports.com, also tweeted a Photoshopped image of himself wearing a No. 9 MSU jersey.

This is a big visit for Michigan State.

Peoples-Jones projected as the best football recruit out of the state of Michigan in several years. He’s considering the Spartans as well as rival Michigan, Ohio State, Florida and Nebraska.

He was slated to take an official visit to Florida last weekend, but had to postpone it due to Hurricane Matthew, so he visited Ohio State instead. He took an unofficial visit to Michigan on Sept. 24, according to 247Sports.com.

Before the high school football season, Free Press columnist Mick McCabe ranked Peoples-Jones the No. 1 prep football player in Michigan.

Although Peoples-Jones is considering MSU and U-M, he said in July that he plans to take his five allotted official visits outside the region so he can “see something new.” The criteria for schools: “No. 1 academics, No. 2 I want to play with the best, No. 3 got to be in a comfortable environment.”

Contact Brian Manzullo: bmanzullo@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianManzullo.

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