MSU will bring in most of the top unsigned prospects on their board in for what they hope is the highlight of what has been a somewhat disappointing season, an upset of the Nittany Lions.
It will be a virtual who's-who of the most wanted players led by Detroit Cass Tech corner Dior Mathis who confirmed to GoSpartans.net yesterday that he will be in East Lansing for the visit.
The four-star standout is believed to be down to just Michigan State and Oregon and his visit for the Penn State weekend will no doubt play a large part in his decision. MSU would love to team him with another crosstown star, Renaissance corner Mylan Hicks to give them a strong infusion of talent in their secondary.
Also known to be making a return trip to East Lansing is Camden Catholic (NJ) defensive end Sherard Cadogan who visited for the MSU/UM game and left with a strong positive impression. While he attended with his father, he is expected to bring both parents that weekend, a move that could result in a verbal commitment if all goes well.
GSN continues to break recruiting news when it told you first that Torian Richardson of Duncan (SC) Byrnes would visit MSU, the two-star recruit is expected to also bring teammate Jazz King along for the ride.
Defensive tackle Tra Thomas, while ranked only one-star by Scout.com has made an impression on the MSU staff and is a player with good size and speed at a position of need, the interior line for MSU.
Meanwhile, three relatively new names have popped on the MSU radar. Outside linebacker Justin Wilson of Davie (FL) Western has over 20 offers but has narrowed his list down to a final five, West Virginia, Missouri, TCU, South Florida and Michigan State.
Wilson just visited West Virginia to watch them defeat Marshall, but told National Recruiting Editor Allen Wallace, "I like the program from what I've seen on TV. I don't really know a whole lot about them. I want to see what the area and the campus is like."
He will find out in what will likely be a raucous atmosphere for a game that could determine MSU's bowl fate.
With the departure of running backs Caulton Ray and Andre Anderson, MSU now has room for another back to team with incoming Chelsea star Nick Hill. They will welcome a visit from James White from a familiar place, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - the same school that produced standout Lorenzo White.
Just weeks before, White had narrowed his list to three, Wisconsin, North Carolina State and Clemson, but when Iowa went off his list, MSU saw and opening and have coaxed a visit from the three-star standout. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a junior.
GSN has heard that Phoenix (AZ) lineman Alex Lewis may join the list of visitors, but has been unable to confirm it and is efforting that information.
We fully expect that this list will grow as the staff can arrange more visits and those are uncovered by GoSpartans.net
Stay tuned as we watch the excitement build for what could be a weekend that brings new Spartan players into the fold.