Picking MSU was a "no-brainer" for Rush

Senior defense end also was offered by Michigan out of high school, while others saw less attention from the in-state school -- which now serves as motivation.

When Michigan State and Michigan kick off Saturday, the Spartans will have just six of 22 projected starters that were offered by both schools coming out of high school.

Senior Marcus Rush was one of those six who held a Michigan offer before ultimately picking Michigan State and he said it was a “no-brainer” to head to East Lansing.

”It was just a matter of how many visits I went to Michigan,” he said Tuesday. “It was probably three or four, and then I got the offer from Michigan State.

”It was a no-brainer to just make the visit and everything turned out well.”

On the other hand, senior linebacker Taiwan Jones did not see much contact from Michigan as he played his prep career at New Baltimore (Mich.) Anchor Bay. Now, it is something he takes personally.

”I don't know why they didn't recruit me,” Jones said. “I wasn't that highly recruited out of high school.”

Jones did visit Michigan during his recruitment before picking Michigan State over offers from Indiana and Toledo. He pointed to the feeling and from coach Mark Dantonio in East Lansing that made the difference.

”I went to an unofficial at Michigan and I went to an official here, and I just saw a big difference the way they treated their players, their recruits,” he said. “No matter how many stars you had, no matter your status, I felt like Coach D treated everybody the same. He treated you like you needed to be here, so I felt like I needed to be here and that's why I came here.”

The story for senior wide receiver Tony Lippett was similar, as he never received an offer from Michigan and was rather lightly recruited as he played quarterback at Detroit Crockett.

I guess it was kind of on and off,” he said. “I was going to camp playing receiver some, playing quarterback some, so it was an on-and-off process.

”It was never really anything solid there.”

Despite the various ways their recruitments unfolded – two not involving Michigan much at all – all three will play big roles this Saturday, as Jones has stepped into the middle linebacker spot, Lippett has emerged as one of the nation’s best receivers and Rush has been playing some of his best football this season.

So as he continues to play a big role, as he has for four years, Rush said it’s fair to say he made the right choice for him.

”I would say so,” Rush said.

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