Michigan State Pursues Texas DBs

Michigan State has been active in the state of Texas' defensive backs market for the 2015 class. The Spartans offered another Lone Star State prospect Monday, so Scout.com takes a closer look at their efforts in the state.

Michigan State has proven active on the recruiting trail in the state of Texas following the Spartans' 2013 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl title, which capped an impressive 13-1 campaign.

Texas is well-known as happy hunting grounds for defensive backs, and Michigan State appears to be making an effort to tap into the state's reservoir of defensive talent. The Spartans offered Houston Lamar 2015 cornerback Holton Hill on Monday, making Hill the fourth Texan defensive back to receive a Michigan State offer since Feb. 11.

Back on Feb. 11, a pair of 2015 Texas DB's received Michigan State offers: Manvel cornerback Will Lockett and Beaumont Central cornerback P.J. Locke.

A few weeks later, Michigan State offered West Mesquite cornerback Josh Butler on March 13 to push Butler's offer list further into the teens.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Locke holds about 20 offers, including three other Big Ten offers from Illinois, Indiana, and Northwestern. He also has Midwest offers from Missouri and Notre Dame.

Lockett now has three offers after getting one from Louisiana Tech on Monday. Michigan State and Maryland were the prior offers for the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder.

Butler's offer list sits at more than a dozen. Three of those are Michigan State, Indiana, and Notre Dame for the 5-foot-10, 163-pound, long-limbed prospect.

Hill, a big corner prospect at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, has been one of the state's most sought-after prospects of late, pushing his offer list up to 16 programs. The Spartans join Nebraska as the only Big Ten schools that have offered Hill, who holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, and several others.

With plenty of schools from across the country vying for these Lone Star State defensive backs, it will be interesting to see if Michigan State can make some noise in the 2015 signing class in Texas.

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