Spartans, Commodores Land Forwards

The Michigan State Spartans got their man and so did the Vanderbilt Commodores. By early Sunday evening, word had spread about each program's newest addition.

Tom Izzo canvassed the country this summer in his pursuit of Raymar Morgan, Canton (Ohio) McKinley's standout power forward. All the 6-foot-7 Morgan did was impress the Michigan State head coach with his all out hustle and heady play.

As Morgan went from spring to summer, his Scout.com ranking kept ascending and he would finish ranked No. 28. More importantly, he became the Spartans top recruit at that position.

On Sunday evening, Morgan caved in and did what many expected him to a long time ago: he committed to Michigan State after looking at Ohio State and listening intently to Michigan and thinking about UConn.

"I did commit before I left," Morgan told Bucknuts.com Sunday evening. "I think it was (a spur of the moment kind of thing). It was so exciting and it made so much sense, I just decided to go ahead and commit, but I don't think I had planned on it."

The commitment gives Michigan State its second Top 100 commitment. In September, Isaiah Dahlman pledged his allegiance to Izzo; both had been strong Spartan targets throughout the process, signaling to observers that MSU had gotten a pair of priority commitments.


The West Virginia Mountaineers finished their weekend by going 1-for-2 on the recruiting trail. The finalists for both Desean Butler (they got him!) and JeJuan Brown, finished second to Vanderbilt with the latter of the two.

Brown, who is a 6-foot-7 combo forward out of Biloxi (Miss.) High, committed to Vandy skipper Kevin Stallings during his weekend official visit.

"When I got to Vandy, I just felt like it was me," Brown told Vandymania.com Sunday night. "I got along with the players. It was like I had known all the players for four or five years. I already got along great with the coaching staff, Coach Stallings and Coach Jackson."

Brown is the No. 25 power forward in Scout.com's latest position rankings. He's a native of West Virginia who ran with the New Orleans Jazz and D-I Greyhounds this past summer. A face-up forward, Brown will play both inside and on the perimeter during his four years in Nashville.


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