The Michigan State football staff is keeping tabs on Class of 2017 tight end Keegan Cossou of Greenville High School.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect is seeing list of offers expand despite his verbal commitment to Central Michigan.
Cossou committed to CMU back in April. Shortly afterward, the spring evaluation period kicked into high gear and multiple Big Ten teams extended him a scholarship. Despite those offers, Cossou remains committed to the Chippewas, though he is keeping the door slightly open.
MSU currently has one tight end committed for 2017: Jake Camper of IMG Academy in Florida. The staff is looking to add a second tight end due to the expected graduation of seniors Josiah Price and Jamal Lyles. The Spartans also did not sign a tight end for 2015, so they need to replenish at the position.
“They’ve been by at school twice this spring evaluation period,” Cossou said about MSU. “Coach (Jim) Bollman came one of those times, which was a first; he told me about their situation and that I’m still on the board for one more guy at tight end.”
Cossou is rated a 3-star recruit and the No. 16 prospect in Michigan by Rivals.com.
“I’ve picked up Nebraska, Minnesota and Purdue (offers),” Cossou said. “Nebraska has been recruiting me pretty hard. They send mail every day and Minnesota hasn’t sent as much, but they’ve been messaging me.”
If Cossou is going to earn an MSU offer, it will likely be at the Spartan Camp later this month. Over the years, tight ends such as Price and Dylan Chmura received offers based on strong camp performances. Both Price and Chmura outperformed prospects that arrived in East Lansing with more extensive offer lists and higher recruiting rankings. Cossou could look to do the same.
Cossou said he does plan on camping at Michigan State, but even if the Spartans offer a scholarship, it does not mean he will not end up playing football in Mt. Pleasant. Cossou indicated that to change his mind, a school must be the best fit for him athletically, academically and socially.
If Cossou decides to join MSU, he would not be the first player who switch from a MAC school to the Spartans. Last year, linebacker Joe Bachie changed from Western Michigan to Michigan State after his stock took off during the spring evaluation period.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.