Davis wanting to take hard look at MSU

Spartans extend offer to Florida wide receiver last week and he liked what he heard from coach Harlon Barnett -- and has been paying attention to the Spartans.

When Michigan State extended an offer to Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) wide receiver Ryan Davis last week, it came with some high praise that he took to heart.

"Coach (Harlon) Barnett came to the school and we were just talking and he gave me his card and told me to call," Davis said. "I called him the next day and he was telling me they were offering me.

"He said they love what I can do. They don't have a skill set like me in the Big Ten and he said the speed I have and the skills I have, it would be another thing coming and I could be a big-time player for them."

Davis said the words meant a lot because they came from Barnett specifically.

"Those were really strong words to come from a coach like Coach Barnett, who just coached Darqueze Dennard," he said. "They want me to play receiver, but still the compliment that he said felt really great and I felt like I should take a hard look into Michigan State, what they are all about and what they're trying to do."

The 5-foot-11 wide receiver said he loved everything about Dennard and his game – especially how he carries himself with swagger and yet is humble – and has been paying attention to the Spartans.

"I have seen the team and the success they had beating Ohio State and winning the Rose Bowl – I have been paying attention," he said. "It was a great season and you see them getting better every season and everybody is getting acclimated with the system and believing what the coaches are telling them."

Davis, who said he hopes to visit Michigan State this summer, has seen his recruitment continue blowing up lately as Ohio State is among the recent offers.

"I'm feeling like I'm really in the heat of it now," he said. "Coaches are coming through and messaging me all the time. Before, I was like I can't wait for it. It's something you always dream about."

Three of his offers come at quarterback, the position he plays in high school, as Toledo, Iowa State and Arizona like him at both positions.

He said he wants to play receiver, though, and knows what else he is looking for in his recruitment.

"I just want to see them being trustworthy, pretty much," he said. "I want to be comfortable around them. Academics, you can get a good degree anywhere. It all comes down to the system fitting you and being comfortable with the coaches and living there for three or four years."

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