Big Recruiting Weekend for State

At least ten high profile prep stars and perhaps a few surprises are visiting East Lansing this weekend to take official visits to the Spartans.

(EAST LANSING) - At least ten high profile prep stars and perhaps a few surprises are visiting East Lansing this weekend to take official visits to the Spartans.

Leading the group is four start LB Jerome Hayes of Bayonne, HS who told "I haven't really paid much attention to [recruiting] since the season started," but confirmed the MSU visit. "Yeah, Michigan State (12/10) and Miami (12/17), and I went to Florida (10/8). I'm not sure about the other two, well Rutgers is one of them, but I'm not sure about the other one."

With two visits in December, Hayes says he would like to make a decision on visits before the New Year, and hopefully a decision soon thereafter.

"I'll know by Christmas time if not before about the visits. If I know by the All-American game, then I'll (commit) then; if not, then signing day."

Also in is four star running back Javonne Ringer from Chaminade Julienne (OH). Ringer says MSU leads over Ohio State. "Michigan St's lead is not slight and it's definitely not solid, but somewhere in between…they're ahead for right now," says Ringer, from Dayton Chaminade Julienne.

"I've talked with all of the coaches there and they are some down-to-earth people. I feel that I could really relate to them. There is also some tradition behind that school. Football is really big over there. I could see myself getting used to their offense and just being there. I also really like their stadium. And coaches (John L.) Smith and (Reggie) Mitchell (RBs) are great guys.

"Ohio State has not offered and I think they're waiting to see what my grades are going to be like, but they're my #2 school. Been there before for some camps. And I've spoken with coach (Jim) Tressel. I like the environment there and they have a good tradition.

Four star lineman Jason Kacinko will also visit from Penn Trafford (PA). Kacinko admitted he was favoring Maryland, but that is likely to change this weekend. "I was really favoring Maryland, but the trip to Purdue really opened my eyes," said Kacinko "I'm sure with each trip I take it's going to make my decision even harder."

The last four star visit is linebacker Arnaldo Pimentel of Pima CC (AZ). "Mickey" committed to Cal, but still is taking his visit to MSU this weekend, and he can expect the hard sell from MSU's staff, who would love to get the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker in the fold.

Pimental admitted there is still some uncertainty. "Everybody I know that's helping me make this decision has told me I should go to Cal because it's back in California and I had such a good time there. They are losing a bunch of linebackers and I know I would have an opportunity to play there. Plus, I can't go wrong with getting an education there."

Rounding out the group are: DT,Luqman Abdallah (The Hun School) Princeton, NJ; DE Terrance Jamison (Thornton Township HS) Harvey, IL; CB Ken Tinney (Milford Academy) Milford, CT; OL Jason Townsend (Hazelwood East HS) St. Louis, MO; DE Matt Shaughnessy (Norwich Free Academy) Norwich, CT; LB Aubrey Pleasant, (Montrose HS) Montrose, MI.

Spartan Nation Top Stories