The Spartans smackdown win over Michigan has renewed the interest of some high profile guys who's interest appeared to have waned when the Green-and-White started off at 1-3. MSU hopes to use the marquee matchups to show off the atmosphere of playing Big Time football with a bowl game and perhaps a share of the conference title at stake.
First, Sherard Cadogan, a three-star prospect from Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (NJ) will visit for the Iowa weekend beginning October 23rd.
This outstanding defensive end prospect has offers from 25 schools including Stanford, UConn, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Iowa, South Florida, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Wisconsin, but most recently he has begun a string of official visits.
Upon whittling down his list, he told Scout.com "Right now I have between 20-25 offers, but I'm cutting it down to five," he said. Of those who made the list?
"Right now I'm sure Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Wisconsin and West Virginia are in that five [official visits allowed]. My family and I are just trying to figure out who the fifth school is going to be."
It turned out to be South Carolina.
While Pittsburgh was a solid early favorite, he did leave without any commitment to the Panthers which makes his visit to East Lansing a big time one for Mark Dantonio and his staff.
Defensive tackle Tra Thomas will also come to East Lansing this month and it is believed it will be for the Iowa game the weekend of the 23rd. Thomas has visited Duke and will visit Marshall this weekend before coming to East Lansing.
Duncan Byrnes (SC) wide receiver Torian Richardson, one of the nation's top wide receivers, will visit East Lansing for Penn State week beginning November 23rd. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound star led the Rebels in a comeback 49-6 win by scoring two touchdowns (20, 37 yards) and returning a blocked kick for another.
Byrnes, who was previously rated #2 in the nation, lost to #1 Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in a showdown game on ESPN but still fields one of the nation's top squads.
The Rebels field three of the nation's most talented high school wide receivers and recently Michigan State also offered a scholarship to Richardson's teammate Jazz King, who is likely to accompany Richardson on the flight up from South Carolina for the Penn State week beginning November 20th.
Linebacker Justin Wilson of Davie Western (FL) will also visit East Lansing for the Penn State weekend (Nov 20). A three-star linebacker who starred at the Scout.com Miami combine, Wilson received an offer from the Spartans in June and now plans to follow up his interest by getting on campus to see what East Lansing's all about.
With only about five scholarships left, MSU hopes to impress a few of these high profile players to sign up to be Spartans.