Recruiting: Vistors and More

Recruiting: Vistors and More

This weekend and the next few, with students home for the holidays, have fewer prospects checking in, but things will pick back up after the new year. Still, running back verbal commit Larry Caper, from Battle Creek Central, is expected to be visiting this weekend.

Head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State coaching staff are in the thick of the NCAA recruiting season.

The contact period, which began Nov. 30 (NCAA Football Recruiting Calender), allows coaches to meet with prospective student-athletes and their parents in person on or off campus.

This weekend and the next few, with students home for the holidays, has fewer prospects checking in, but things will pick back up after the new year. Still, running back verbal commit Larry Caper, from Battle Creek Central, is expected to be visiting this weekend.

Also expected to watch MSU's bowl practice this weekend are some high school coaches and athletes. Lowell's coach Noel Dean and players should be in attendance.

And Detroit Cass Tech, a long-time Michigan feeder school, should be on hand as well. Coach Thomas Wilcher and players will get a chance to see the progress Dantonio has accomplished with his Spartan program this weekend. Junior athlete Daniel Easterly is an early 2010 Spartan prospect from Cass Tech.

Last weekend, Corey Freeman was one of 10 recruits on campus and became the 17 Spartan commit. Only a precious few scholarships remain, and although a firm number is difficult to pin down, three appears to be the upper limit.

So where do the Spartans go from here? Freeman seemed to fill a hole at defensive end, but a few other players at that position — Bernardo Nunez, Michael Buchanan, and Travis Stephens, for instance — have mentioned possible trips to MSU.

The offensive line looks to be another position being targeted by MSU. Cleveland-area tackle Henry Conway, who's also looking at Boston College, is scheduled to be in East Lansing on the Jan. 13 weekend.

Another player to watch will be Livonia Clarenceville's Jeremy Gainer, a linebacker, who was once committed to Indiana. Along with Gainer might come his cousin, cornerback Kenny Watkins of Brother Rice High School.

Although Watkins seems further from MSU's radar, both players have expressed a desire to stick together in college. Minnesota appears to be a potential destination for both players as well.

Ohio cornerback Mike Edwards has been a prominent name on MSU's list for quite some time, but if Ohio State can make room for him, the Spartans are a long shot.

And there's Dion Sims, the enigmatic athlete who could play defensive end or tight end at the next level. That is, if he decides football, and not basketball, is the path he'll pursue.

Stick with GSN for updates on recruiting visits over the next few months in the run-up to National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

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