MSU makes big impression on Arcega-Whiteside

Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman wide receiver talks visit to Michigan State, where one thing stood out the most above other schools.

It meant venturing farther north than he had ever been, but J.J. Arcega-Whiteside made his way to Michigan State earlier this week for a visit.

The Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman wide receiver left impressed with the people above all else and finding the trip well worth his time.

“It left a great impression on me,” he said. “I really, really liked it. Honestly, it was the people that really sold me more than football.

”They are No. 4 in the nation and they might do even better this year, but the people and the way they interacted up there that really intrigued me.”

It started with his initial contact with Spartans offensive line coach Jim Bollman, who told him the people would stand out.

”He said you will realize the people up here are special and a lot of schools say that, but this one really, really showed that,” Arcega-Whiteside said.

He also liked the facilities, campus and the academic information he gained – which is something very important to him in his recruitment.

“They showed me some of the academic stuff they had going on, what the requirements would be and some of the things I would have to do if I go there,” he said. “I’m looking for a school that’s strong academically overall, but at the same time, I want a school that is good in engineering because that’s what I want to major in.”

Arcega-Whiteside now will take a visit to Stanford, leaving for Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday and flying home Sunday.

”I want to see as much as I can take in during that time,” he said. “Everything they can show me, the school, the campus, the football facilities, the academics.”

A decision should be quick to come after he returns from the visit and the final group he is considering consists of Michigan State, Stanford, Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech.

”I am going to come back, talk with my parents, talk with my coaches and measure my options and probably make a decision either the next day or the day after,” he said.

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