Second big recruiting weekend for MSU

A big recruiting weekend is on the horizon for the Michigan State Spartans. MSU will host four high profile recruits. If MSU strikes paydirt, it will be a huge shift in recruiting momentum for the Spartans who have settled mostly for two-star recruits to date.

EAST LANSING - A big recruiting weekend is on the horizon for the Michigan State Spartans. MSU will host three top-50 recruits, two of them in top-20 and one top-10 recruit. If MSU strikes paydirt, it will be a huge shift in recruiting momentum for the Spartans who have settled mostly for two star recruits to date.

Leading the pack into East Lansing is 10th ranked corner in the nation, Ray Small of Cleveland Glenville (OH).

Small, 5-foot-11, 170-pounds could get on to the field immediately for Michigan State, he's that good. Small has already visited USC and last week headed to Tennessee. Michigan State is one of his final visits, he will head to North Carolina later this off-season. Small started on both sides of the ball but has a preference.

"The position I would probably prefer to play the most would be wide receiver," Small said. "I think I am better on the offensive side of the ball. But I did play defense. I started and played both ways."

At the Nike Camp in Virginia, Small posted astounding 40-yard dash times of 4.3 and 4.28.

Joining Small is Bruce Campbell of the Hyde School in Hampton,CT. Campbell is rated the 17th best offensive lineman in the nation by Campbell, 6-foot-6, 270-pounds already holds a scholarship offer from the Spartans but has made one decision from which he will not waiver.

" I know that I want to stay close to home in college, and I don't want to be more than six hours away in a car," stated Campbell. He says he is serious about his interest in the Spartans.

"The schools that I'm most interested in now are Maryland, Virginia, Michigan State and Florida," he said. "Michigan State has stuck in there lately and done well for a while. I'm interested in them."

Also joining the dynamic duo is Sam Gardner, a solid tight end, rated #45 by from Lexington Henry Clay (KY). Gardner has the kind of size, speed and hands that has the Spartans salavating what he might be able to do in the MSU spread offense.

"I want to play for a school that has a good program and is going to win a lot of games while I'm there," Gardner said. "Education is important to me, but it's also important to me how the team is – how hard they work, the coaching staff and whether they win or not."

He is also very high on the Spartans. "I will tell you that I like Michigan State and Louisville the best right now," admitted Gardner. "They are both really good teams and they have a really established coaching staff. They've been showing me the most interest to date and they really act like they want me, a lot more than the others."

The final member of the talented foursome is expected to be Darrell Davis of Dade City Pasco (FL), but that visit could change. Davis, who took his first official visit to North Carolina State last week decided that they were his favorite school but is supposed to visit Louisville this weekend.

Michigan State had Davis' visit scheduled for this weekend as well. So this visit could be pushed back. He has a visit to Florida scheduled for 1/20 so Davis may not arrive in East Lansing until the weekend of January 27th.

At 6-foot-5, 195 he is the big receiver type favorite by John L. Smith out on the wings. MSU would love to land him to fill in the void of some of the receivers they will lose like Kyle Brown and Aaron Alexander. UPDATED: has learned that Bryant Browning, teammate of Ray Small and's 59th rated offensive line will also visit East Lansing this weekend. At 6-foot-3, 328-pounds, the versatile offensive lineman can play along the offensive front. "I play the whole O-line," said Browning. "I can play all the positions, so it really doesn't matter to me [what position he plays]." Browning said he could even play center. "Yeah, I played some center for my high school team." Michigan State will have offers on the table for all of these players and hopes to get multiple verbal commitments to bolster their football roster.

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