Russell Byrd Coming for Critical Visit

Michigan State is preparing this weekend for the visit of arguably its most important recruit of the 2010 class, Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian shooting guard Russell Byrd.

FT. WAYNE, IN - Michigan State is preparing this weekend for the visit of arguably its most important recruit of the 2010 class, Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian shooting guard Russell Byrd.

Byrd, along with his father Kelly will be arriving in East Lansing on Friday. They will tour the campus, take in the Spartans annual Midnight Madness Celebration kicking off the basketball season and then will take the walk over from the Breslin Center to Spartan Stadium to watch MSU take on Ohio State in an early Big Ten showdown.

Byrd's father, filled GSN in on what the family plans were as Russell was working hard in study hall to maintain his outstanding grade point average.

"We'll be coming up there Friday and we'll see Midnight Madness like we did last week at Kentucky," said Kelly, Russell's dad. "Then we'll go over to the Breslin on Saturday and take the walk with the recruits over to Spartan Stadium and watch the game."

Byrd said this trip is the third of three. He mentioned that Byrd was in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago to take in the Michigan program.

Dad said that Russell "was intrigued" by the idea of being a guy who could help try to return the University of Michigan program back to where it once was.

"They're taking a different approach and I give them credit for doing that," he said. "While the other programs can say 'come be a part of our team as we shoot for a Final Four or a Championship, Michigan is saying, come help us return to what we were. They've been very persistent and Russell is intrigued by that."

But Byrd would have to be concerned that he could be come a 'one-man' team and that he might struggle through four years of non-competitiveness as other UM commits have.

The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter understands he would be competing for both conference and National Championships at either Kentucky or Michigan State.

"Those are great programs," said Byrd. He said he and his son took in Kentucky's "Big Blue madness" last week and loved what they saw from coach Billy Gillespie's program, still, they know that Michigan State takes a back seat to no one in terms of hoops success.

"We're very much looking forward to what we're going to see up there," said Byrd. "Russell is really looking forward to it."


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