The Michigan State coaching staff was able to host several high-level recruits on unofficial visits this week. Here is a breakdown of a few of the players that were in East Lansing to learn more about MSU.
Cincinnati Colerain DB Amir Riep
The 6-foot, 180-pound Riep is one of the top defensive back recruits in the nation for the class of 2017. He already holds scholarships from Michigan State, Ohio State and Oklahoma. With over 30 Division I offers, it is easy to see why he is a Rivals top 250 and four-star prospect. If MSU beats out the Buckeyes for Riep’s services, it will be because of the relationship he has developed with his potential position coach and primary recruiter, MSU defensive co-coordinator Harlon Barnett.
Marshall (Minn.) OL Blaise Andries
The 6-6, 290-pound Andries is the No. 1 offensive line prospect in Minnesota for the class of 2017. Andries already has an impressive list of scholarship offers, including MSU, Oklahoma, Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska. The in-state Golden Gophers have also offered Andries. The Spartans see Andries as a Jack Conklin-type because of his size and overall athletic ability. Andries will get plenty of time with offensive line coach Mark Staten while on campus.
St. Louis Park (Minn.) Benilde St. Margaret OL Eric Wilson
At 6-4 and 290 pounds, Wilson projects as more of an interior line prospect in college. He is incredibly strong at the point of attack and is known for his tenacity on the field. Wilson has a solid list of offers which currently includes Iowa State, Minnesota and a host of Ivy League programs. Wilson is a strong student and potential academic opportunities are an important factor in his recruitment. No position group on the MSU roster spends more time studying as well as hanging out together than the offensive line. The Spartans hope that Wilson returns this summer to work with Staten in a camp setting.
Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Twp. WR Micah Jones
Jones is a 2018 recruit, but he already has multiple BCS scholarship offers and will certainly be one of the most sought after wide receivers in the nation for his clsss. At 6-5 and 190 pounds, many see him developing into a Plaxico Burress-type as he continues to fill out. Jones has the frame to play at 225 pounds and still keep his speed. The fact that the last two Richter-Howard Award winners played in the Spartans’ pro-style offense is a selling point for the staff. Look for Jones to be a priority recruit over the next 18 months.
These are just a few of the players that were in East Lansing this week. MSU coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are being proactive when it comes to getting recruits on campus for practices. The idea is that is will afford them a great opportunity to get an in-depth look at the MSU program.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.