Spartan Staff Ready to Recruit

Headlining the list of expected visitors this weekend are Austin White, perhaps the top Michigan running back for next year's class and quarterback Robert Bolden, teammate of 2009 Spartan commit Dion Sims from Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

This weekend will mark the second Junior Day of the year for Michigan State football coaches to scope out potential impact student-athletes for their 2010 class.

Headlining the list of expected visitors are Matt Rotheram, one of the highest regarded offensive lineman from Ohio; Austin White, perhaps the top running back in the state of Michigan for next year's class; and dual-threat quarterback Robert Bolden, teammate of 2009 Spartan commit Dion Sims from Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

Christian Pace, an offensive lineman from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been hearing regularly from MSU coaches and is expected to be in town this weekend. And another standout Ohio O-lineman, Andrew Donnal, is expected to be on hand as well.

In addition, defensive end C.J. Olaniyan, on the record as high on the Spartans will visit. Olaniyan registered nine sacks as a junior and holds an MSU offer, along with a few others.

Another Warren defensive player expected to be on hand is Austin Gray. The linebacker has offers from a few Big Ten schools and MSU and Michigan are both interested.

Kyle Prater, a wide receiver from Illinois, holds an MSU offer along with a handful of other offers from programs such as Notre Dame and Wisconsin. His visit might be one of the few times the MSU staff has to meet Prater in person as his recruitment appears to be going national.

Dior Mathis, a lockdown corner from Detroit, might be considered a Michigan lean due to his play at Cass Tech, a UM-pipeline, but Dantonio and staff will surely take plenty of time to visit with him.

During junior days, recruits and sometimes parents visit the football facilities, college campus and meet with coaches—some in groups, but others spend one-on-one time with members of the staff.

In addition, many of the visitors will find themselves in a packed and raucous Breslin Center watching the Spartan basketball team take on Wisconsin on Sunday. In fact, Austin White recently told GoSpartans.net the reason he wanted to come back this month after January's Junior Day was to see some Spartan basketball.

Stay tuned to GSN for updates after this weekend's big event.


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