Smith takes first visit to East Lansing

Orchard Lake St. Mary's junior cornerback received his first offer from the Spartans after camping in East Lansing this summer.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's was good to Michigan State in the 2014 recruiting class, as it produced cornerback commitment Jalen Watts-Jackson.

The Spartans hope it will be good again in 2015, as they already have extended a scholarship offer to cornerback Tyson Smith.

Smith took his first unofficial visit to East Lansing on Sunday.

"The impression of being there was fun," Smith said. "It was a fun place to be. It was a fun team to play for. Everybody comes together in the team meetings. They have some of the seniors talking and sharing some of their best moments, embarrassing moments of theirs throughout their lives. It seems liked something really cool for them to do."

The Spartans didn't hold practice Sunday following a scrimmage Saturday, but Smith still sat in on the defensive backs meeting and was shown some drills by some of the defensive backs.

"We got to watch how they worked out, got to talk in a private meeting with Coach Dantonio, got to go to position meetings," he said. "I got to see their equipment and jerseys and what they are thinking about using this year."

Like Michigan State, Orchard Lake St. Mary's held a scrimmage Saturday as part of their fall practices.

"Fall practice is good," Smith said. "We had our red and white scrimmage (Saturday), which was also fun. The team got a little bit better at that as a team together."

Michigan State is Smith's only offer to date, but he is hearing from other Big Ten schools in Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Penn State. He also is hearing from Alabama, Cincinnati, Pitt, USC and UCLA – which was the first school Smith said showed interest in him.


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