With close to 20 scholarship offers already on the table, Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive end prospect Izayah Green-May is one of the top prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2017. Michigan State is actively recruiting the 6-foot-5, 205-pound standout and is looking forward to hosting him on campus again.
Green-May has a long list of scholarships, including Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Recruiting is going well,” he said. “It is very interesting. As of right now, I plan to visit Virginia and Tennessee sometime in April. I was invited to two games at Michigan State and attended both. I actually posted pictures of me there, but I have not received an offer from them yet.”
Green-May talked with Illinois recruiting analyst Tim O’Halloran about what he’s seen from MSU already.
“I went for a game last season and I really liked it. They have a great campus and facilities. I also have a good relationship with the MSU coaches and defensive line coach Ron Burton. They haven’t offered me yet, but they have been really interested.”
A scholarship offer from the Spartans may be as simple as Green-May showing up for an MSU practice later this spring or possibly attending a one-day camp session. MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton enjoys working with players one-on-one at camp and building rapport with them before giving the “green-light” on a scholarship.
As with many top Illinois prospects, Green-May is well aware of the University of Illinois’ recent hire of Lovie Smith. The former Chicago Bears coach is well known by players throughout the state.
“It is definitely a great addition to get the program, kind of kick-started because Coach Smith is such a great coach,” Green-May said.
Green-May has seen his offer list expand greatly over the last six weeks. He did not pick up his first scholarship until January, but since that time it seems like every week brings new opportunities.
“The people, the environment, the school’s academics and the school spirit,” he said of what he’s looking for in a college. “I am also looking at the coaching staff, where they came from how long they’ve been coaching at that school and their background.”
Green-May reminds of current MSU defensive end and fellow Illinois product Demetrius Cooper at the same stage of development. Cooper was a rangy athlete of similar size when he committed to the Spartans over Notre Dame for the class of 2013. He has since grown into a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder that is expected to have a breakout season stepping in for Shilique Calhoun.
MSU is known for being very thorough when it comes to player evaluation. Look for Bolingbrook to be one of the schools the staff pays a visit to during the month of May.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.