Lyke gets “big news” from Michigan State

Palatine (Ill.) Fremd junior defensive back gets an offer he was waiting on as the Spartans pulled the trigger Thursday.

Kenney Lyke has racked up a nice offer list early in his recruitment, but the junior from Palatine (Ill.) Fremd got a big one Thursday.

He got a message from Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett to call head coach Mark Dantonio, who offered the standout defensive back.

It was an offer Lyke was waiting for and one he called among “the bigger goals that I had for myself.”

”I really like the school,” Lyke said. “It’s big news for me. It’s the biggest school that has offered me so far.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Lyke said Dantonio told him the offer came for the skills they saw on film.

”He said I had good hands and could run and track down the ball, so it wouldn’t be a problem if they tried to put me on both sides of the ball as well,” he said.

He also has looked at the depth chart and sees a good situation if MSU is his destination.

”By the time I would be a freshman – if I were to go there – they would have two senior safeties leaving,” he said. “So my sophomore year I would have a big shot of starting or playing since they have only offered three safeties now – me and two other players.”

Lyke already had visited earlier this spring, as well as for a game last fall. On the field, he likes what he sees from the school.

“On the field, they get after it,” he said. “The crowd is into it. The whole of East Lansing is probably at the games, or most of them. It’s very rowdy and they get after it. It’s exciting and a great atmosphere.”

Another visit could be coming up soon to Michigan State for a spring practice, but others are coming up, too.

“March 10, Ohio State,” he said. “March 7 going to Purdue. Penn State sometime in March as well. Also Pitt while I’m out there.”


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