Michigan State has long looked to utilize tall, athletic wide receivers in its offense and the search for one in the 2014 class has J.J. Pinckney as a top target.
The 6-foot-3 Sylvania (Ohio) Southview senior visited East Lansing on Saturday to take in the Spartans' game against Purdue.
"It was definitely a good time," he said. "I'm just familiar with some of the people and everything was like the first time I came. It was a really friendly atmosphere. Everyone was just motivated to do the best and show you the best time. I really enjoyed it."
Pinckney said the thing he enjoyed the most was seeing all the family atmosphere among the team.
Whether it be the fans or the players on the team, the coaches, everything about it just seems like a real family atmosphere," he said.
That brotherhood was evident postgame as the players celebrated in the locker room dancing.
"I thought that was awesome because everybody can be intense during games, but they still have that playful side and that kid side where everyone can just come together and be themselves," Pinckney said. "I loved that part. Everybody got into it and it was just pretty cool to see."
Pinckney said he talked with a few MSU coaches and that wide receivers coach Terry Samuel has told him how he would fit into the MSU offense.
"Coach Samuel tells me the different things that they would have me doing, whether it be an outside X receiver or more of an inside flanker position," he said.
In all the talking with coaches, he said one of the things he likes about MSU is the lack of pressure to commit.
"They don't really talk about it.," he said. "They just try to get you to come back more and more. They show you a good time as far as like the gameplay, the team winning and being in a motivational team and playing great football. That should get to you to commit and that should make you want to come to a school with everyone being friendly and having a family atmosphere, like a brotherhood
"They just say basically take your time and if this is the place for you, you will end up being here."
Pinckney said he will be back up to Michigan State on Nov. 2 for the Spartans game against Michigan.
He also is looking to visit Cincinnati on Nov. 9.
"Cincinnati depends on if team makes it to playoffs," he said. "If we don't then, I'll be down there in November."