Big official visitor weekend set for MSU

Seven official visitors have plans to be in East Lansing, looking at who they are, the latest news and thoughts on their recruitment and Michigan State.

Michigan State will host Indiana this weekend for its homecoming game, but it also will host a long list of recruits. Highlighting the list are seven official visitors.

SpartanDigest tells you who they are, what the latest news is and thoughts on MSU in their recruitment:

Parrker Westphal

The skinny: 6-foot, 175-pound Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive back

Latest info: Per Beth Long, Westphal is down to Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Michigan State. He has taken an official visit to Vanderbilt already.

My thoughts: Westphal is known to be very close with MSU commit Enoch Smith, which is something that can't hurt. He also is a top recruit and would really add an elite talent to the class from a rankings standpoint. This is a kid MSU has wanted for a long time and would be a cornerstone of the 2014 class, so making a huge impression will be key for the coaches -- he has said relationship with the coaches will be pivotal to his decision.

Darius Slade

The skinny: 6-foot-4, 230-pound Montclair (N.J) defensive end

Latest info: Slade received a Nebraska offer this week, but has held a top group of MSU, West Virginia and Rutgers for some time. Kansas also is in the picture as they have a commitment from one of his high school teammates.

My thoughts: When I spoke with Slade over the summer, he was incredibly impressed with Pat Narduzzi and his knowledge of defense. His high school coach would draw up an offensive formation on a white board and Narduzzi would draw up how he would attack it. That stuck with Slade. MSU needs defensive ends and Slade is high on the list. I would expect MSU to make a big impression with him and have a good shot to land him ultimately.

Madre London

The skinny: 6-foot-1, 200-pound St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale) running back

Latest info: London has taken official visits to Nebraska and Wisconsin previously. He also has one scheduled for Illinois.

My thoughts: London has long felt his style and skill set are most suited for the Big Ten and Le'Veon Bell being at MSU was something he was quite a fan of when I spoke with him over the summer. Facing an Indiana team that gives up a lot of rushing yards, expect MSU to work on the ground game and that could make a good impression on London. Looking to add another RB to the class, London is the second-highest on that list for MSU, so they will work hard on him.

D'Cota Dixon

The skinny: 5-foot-10, 180-pound New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) safety

Latest info: Not much. The most recent news from Scout is that Dixon visited Louisville, Cincinnati, Purdue and Illinois this summer. He also camped at Ohio State.

My thoughts: Dixon has an impressive offer list with schools like Arkansas, Louisville and Wisconsin in the mix. The fact that a recruit wants to visit from Florida like this and make it one of his five officials says enough about his interest. There really isn't much out there about his recruitment to be known.

David Hedelin

The skinny: 6-foot-5, 285-pound CC of San Francisco offensive tackle

Latest info: Per's junior college site, Hedelin doesn't plan to make a quick decision from among his 20 or so offers. MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten visited Hedelin during the bye week.

My thoughts: Hedelin has a very impressive offer list, with USC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon and others in the mix. To pull one of his visits is a big feat given that list. Hedelin would be an ideal add to the 2014 class and address the need for a JUCO OT. It is bigger with Hedelin, though, as he is a top JUCO player in the nation. That would be a huge pull for MSU.

Otis Kearney

The skinny: 6-foot, 185-pound Toms River (N.J.) South safety

Latest info: Not a whole lot. Small offer list and a relatively unknown player.

My thoughts: Kearney has very few offers and Michigan State is the only big school on his list. He told me over the summer that Pat Narduzzi had offered him. He is a defensive back and MSU knows how to pick talent in the secondary even when offer lists and big school interest isn't as present.

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