Michigan State football held its first spring practice in pads this week and several top recruits were on hand to learn more about the program.
The trip must have made an impression on Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis, who traveled to East Lansing with his family. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound prospect is a four-star recruit and the No. 232 player overall in the class of 2017 by Rivals.com. Jarvis has an impressive list of scholarship which includes MSU, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida.
“The visit was great. I really enjoyed watching the team practice and I love the coaching staff,” Jarvis said. “I spent time with (offensive line) coach (Mark) Staten and watched the offensive line for a majority of the practice.”
MSU has done a good job the last few years recruiting Illinois and Jarvis is already familiar with several current and future Spartans. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt asked him about his connections to Michigan State.
“I actually know quite a few of those guys,” Jarvis said to Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt. “I know Brian Allen, the left guard there, and his brother, Matt. I know Naquan Jones and Mike Panasiuk (2016 commits). They say it is a pretty big family atmosphere up there and the coaches are pretty honest, which I can tell just by talking to them.”
Jarvis’ primary MSU recruiter has been Brad Salem, though Staten is also actively involved.
Another elite prospect that was on campus was Orchard Lake St. Mary’s wide receiver K.J. Hamler. The 5-9, 152-pound prospect is one of the fastest players in the nation and has an extensive list of offers, including MSU, U-M, Nebraska and Penn State. He is the No. 9 player in Michigan for the class of 2017 according to Rivals.com.
Hamler was offered by the Spartans back in the summer of 2014 after he excelled at their camp. Since then, he has been on campus several times and is familiar with the program and players.
Hamler is not the biggest wide receiver and some schools that are recruiting him believe that spread offense would be a better fit than a traditional pro-style offense. The Spartans view Hamler as someone who can contribute as a wide receiver position and on special teams. His role would be similar to that of a McGarrett Kings or Keshawn Martin.
“It went good,” Hamler said of the visit. “I got a better understanding of if I was to go there how they would play and use me.”
Hamler is now focusing on track, where he hopes to win another team state championship for St. Mary’s. Last year, he was a member of the championship 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.