Michigan State is closing in on an oral commitment from Roland Martin of Chicago Harper. Martin who is the consensus #1 offensive tackle in the nation is leaning toward committing to the Spartans over Tennessee and Oklahoma.
"Baby Orlando" as in Orlando Pace of the St. Louis Rams is a force, a dominant drive blocker who pounds opposing defenders into the turf. "He is the best offensive lineman I've coached in 30 years," says Harper head coach Terry Lewis.
Martin is very close to his mother and aunt, who have accompanied him on every recruiting visit he has taken and worries about them not being able to see him play if he's on some far flung campus. The East Lansing campus is close enough for his family to make the four and 1/2 hour trek by car on football Saturdays, giving MSU the lead for this superstar tackle.
Meanwhile, MSU is also heavily pursuing defensive end Tim Jamison and hopes to get Jamison to verbal soon. Jamison is still very much on cross town rival Michigan's radar screen, having just completed an on-campus visit last week, but left without a commitment.
The Spartans hope that Jamison will select them after his standout performance in the All-American Bowl. Jamison is visiting the Spartans this week (January 16) and the coaching staff will put on the "full court press" in an attempt to get a verbal from the Illinois star who is getting weary of the recruiting process.
Michigan offensive line recruit Jeremy Ciulla has gone up against Jamison several times and raved about the Illinois prospect's talent. "Jamison is the best player I've gone against here," Ciulla said. He's just so quick off of the edge that it's hard to get a block on him…and when you do he's really strong. That kid is really really good. He has been the most impressive player I've seen. He may not be very big, but he's the toughest guy to handle here."
This week could be a big one at MSU.