Arcega-Whiteside taken aback by MSU offer

Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman wide receiver has a pair of visits lined up as his recruitment winds down. How does Michigan State factor in now that the Spartans are on his offer list?

When J.J. Arcega-Whiteside got a message from Michigan State coach Jim Bollman a couple weeks ago, he expected the follow up would be an invite for a visit or a camp invitation.

What the Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman wide receiver got instead was much different.

”He said, ‘Hey are you still interested?’ and I said, ‘Yes, of course,’” Arcega-Whiteside said. “He said he would be talking to some of the coaching staff and would give me a call the next day. …

”He called back the next day with an offer and I talked to Coach (Mark) Dantonio, Coach (Terry) Samuel, Coach Bollman and everybody.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver said it felt great to land an offer from Michigan State. As it turns out, there are ties between Dantonio and Dorman High School as one of his coaches at South Carolina, the late Dale Evans, coached at Dorman in his later years.

“(Evans) said he is a real family man and a really good coach, a really good person,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “He isn’t one of those coaches that is all about football and he takes care of his players. …

”We have close ties with Coach Dantonio and it felt really good to know I had an offer from a school that I will really be taken care of at.”

Eyeing a decision before his senior season, Arcega-Whiteside has set up a pair of visits to get nearer to the end of his recruitment.

“Michigan State and Stanford are the only two schools in the future that I am going to visit,” he said.

First up will be Michigan State, which he will visit tentatively on July 22.

”That is the day they said all the coaches are going to be there and I could meet everybody and all that,” he said. “I’m really excited about meeting all the coaches and getting up to Michigan. I have never been so far north.”

Days later, he will fly to Stanford.

“I think I’m going there the 25th and I am flying back the 27th,” he said.

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