Lyke experiences "close-knit" MSU visit

Palatine (Ill.) Fremd junior defensive back makes his second visit to see the Spartans, this time with a small number of visitors and a more personal experience.

Kenneth Lyke already had been to Michigan State before, but last Saturday’s visit game him a new experience with the Spartans.

The Palatine (Ill.) Fremd defensive back had a much more intimate trip this time around, as the group numbered around a dozen on campus instead of near 100 as it did for a game visit in the fall.

It was actually much more close-knit because there were only a handful of guys there, probably had like 12 guys,” he said. “This time was just a handful of guys they really like and wanted to interact with the coaches and all that stuff.”

Because of the more personal nature of the visit, Lyke felt like he gained plenty from the visit.

“Just basically getting to know the players that are already on board and just how they do everything,” he said. “Hearing from there more so than the coaches just telling you. Being closer with the coaches and having them break it down to you.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back is being recruited by MSU quarterbacks coach Brad Salem, who he said comes to see him every couple months and with whom he has a good relationship.

While this visit allowed a change to forge deeper in relationships, on his previous trip – when MSU played Rutgers in its home finale – he got a firsthand look at the Spartans defense.

“They are just all over the place,” he said. “They run a bunch of coverages and they like to disguise and scheme well against the other team. They go out and try and punish their opponents.”

Lyke has offers from Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and Western Michigan and is hearing from Iowa, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois among others.

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