(EAST LANSING, MI)--With John L. Smith's staff out on the prowl, they may be having trouble at home. While MSU was hosting New Jersey standout receiver Dorien Bryant in for a visit last week they got word that Cassopolis standout Derrick Outlaw was turning his back on his verbal commitment and quitting football.
A distraught coach Peter Anderson of Cassopolis was at a loss to explain to the Lansing State Journal how this could have happened. "I don't really understand why a young man would throw away a Division I scholarship," Anderson told LSJ. "He's had the majority of the Big Ten knocking on his door saying to come play for them, but it has not changed his mind. I'm shocked and disappointed."
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports tell SpartansInsider.com that Ft. Lauderdale Dillard receiver Joe McCray will visit East Lansing on Jan 12. The reports say the McCray is impressed by new coach John L. Smith's recruiting efforts in Florida and his spread offensive attack. Smith desperately needs high quality receivers due to the Spartans lack of depth at the position and McCray fits his scheme.
Smith may have to fight basketball coach Tom Izzo for his services. The 6' 5" swingman took one of the biggest leaps in production of any cager in the state. He came up huge for AAU Florida team "Breakdown" at the "Rumble In The Bronx", and was named MVP of the International Hoops Summit. He also starred at the AAU Super Showcase.
Dillard coach Ken Scott spoke to the Insiders Greg Perry two weeks ago saying "Joe McCray wants to play both football and basketball in college, and that will figure into his decision. I know Marshall has no problem with it, and they may lead for him."
That was then, this is now. Smith has zeroed in on McCray as one of his main targets at the position and plans to have him tour both Spartan Stadium and the Breslin Center in an attempt to coax a verbal.
New Jersey standout wide receiver Dorien Bryant snuck in for an official visit with the Michigan State Spartans last week and new coach John L. Smith has put the speedster as one of his top targets for the position. The Spartans would have no problem with a 'double play' of combining Bryant with Ft. Lauderdale Dillard standout McCray to get a pair of tall athletic speed burning wideouts.
This week's scheduled visits are Lamarr Woodley, Saginaw, (MI) defensive end; Joe McCray, Ft. Lauderdale (Dillard) wide receiver; Eddie Miller, Los Angeles (Venice) quarterback; Nick Saad, Chippewa Valley (MI) linebacker; Steve Reaves, Plant City (FL) quarterback, Devin Williams, San Antonio (Sam Houston) quarterback; James Blair, Detroit (Pershing) tackle and Deaudre Perry, River Rouge (MI) safety and four others.
No word yet on whether Miami Norland wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will accept the Spartans invitation to visit January 19th. The Starkville, MS Daily News is reporting that B.J. Vickers and Antwaun Giddens will still visit Michigan State which conflicts with reports earlier stating that their interest in the Spartans was waning. Former State offensive coordinator Morris Watts was the main recruiter for the Venice pair, but reports say MSU hasn't given up on the duo.
The Spartan staff intends to go right up to signing day recruiting players who have not committed