Michigan State is already a football program rich in tradition at defensive back, and one of the Spartans’ most recent scholarship offers went to a cornerback with immense promise, Tre Person.
The 6’0”, 165-pound corner out of Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA is considered a “burner” – he says he runs a 4.45 40-yard dash. He’s been the proud owner of an offer from Michigan State for just six days, after receiving it last Thursday (January 12th), and it’s a school he’s excited to be acknowledged by.
“Michigan State is really known for their defense, so that’s what really attracts me to Michigan State, it’s just not the name,” Person told Spartan Nation. “The physicalness of the defense – that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
“Pretty much all last year we were in man coverage – press man, that’s all we really played – so, I’m pretty used to that,” he said.
He’ll be visiting East Lansing this Friday, January 20th, and says a decision on his future may be coming soon, based on how his visit goes. But for the time being, Tre Person is really anticipating meeting the coach from MSU he’s heard from the most, Harlon Barnett.
“He’s a great coach; I’m ready to get down and meet with him and get on the board with him, just get an idea how he likes to coach the DBs, so I’m really excited about that,” Person said.
It was Barnett that drew the comparison between Person and another great cornerback from MSU, Darqueze Dennard, the 2014 first round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.
“He’s a great player,” Tre said of Dennard. “When I first got the offer, Coach Barnett told me a lot about him because he said I reminded him of Darqueze. I went and watched some film of him, and yeah, it’s a compliment…it’s a great honor.”
Simply from the connection to a guy that was a first round NFL draft pick, you get an idea of the type of player Tre Person is.
“I’m real aggressive; I like to use my aggression a lot. I encourage you to go watch my film – it speaks for itself,” said Person. “If you go watch my film, you’ll see what I like to do – I love to make plays.”
And as Mark Dantonio frequently likes to say, “The tape don’t lie!”
As for what Tre is looking for out of the school he chooses, he said, “A great environment, a family-oriented coaching staff – just a great environment to be around the players, a good vibe. And I want my mom to feel like she can trust me far away, because I’m from Atlanta…Michigan is a little far away, so she wants to be able to trust the coaching staff with me. As far as playing time, I’m not really concerned about that – I’ll earn that.”
On the field, he’s the aggressor…off the field, he’s the one making people laugh. “I like to enjoy life. I don’t like walking around sad, mad about nothing – if you’re around me, you’re gonna laugh,” Person admitted. “If you’re having a bad day, I’ll turn it into a good day for you.”
That’s the kind of player any team would want to have – physical on the field, warm and friendly off of it – and based on how his visit in East Lansing goes this Friday, Tre Person might just bring those talents to Michigan State in 2017.