Cornerback Juwann Winfree owns 16 offers, including one from Michigan State. (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports NEXT)
Michigan State has been busy on the East Coast during the spring evaluation period, offering a number of prospects in that part of the country. Specifically, New Jersey has been a big target as the Spartans have offered Dwight Morrow High cornerback Juwann Winfree and Millville High defensive tackle Antoine White, according to Fox Sports NEXT national analyst Brian Dohn.
The man responsible for recruiting that part of the country is defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Dave Berk has covered recruiting for Scout and Fox Sports NEXT for a decade now and has seen what Narduzzi can do as a recruiter.
"Pat has ties to New Jersey in his family and that's an area he has always worked," Berk says. "He brings a lot of energy. He has ties to Ohio and the Youngstown area, but Jersey is an area he likes to recruit. He's one of those guys who fits right in with the East Coast mentality of high energy and excitement. He's recruited that from the time he's been at Cincinnati."
Winfree, a 6-2, 180-pound three-star prospect, has 16 offers now and the Spartans will be competing with Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, Syracuse and more for his services. White, 6-3 and 250 pounds, has offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Temple and more.
Indiana, west Michigan highlights
The Spartans were in Indianapolis this week. One of the top prospects area recruiter Dave Warner was checking in on was Pike High School four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth, who actually received his first offer from the Spartans and now has 23 to his total.
Booth says he is planning a decision by the end of this month and has offers from Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others.
Another receiver in the area who had Warner in his school was Hamilton Southeastern's Cameron Polk. Polk was a soccer player who was a kicker when he first picked up football, but has now blossomed into a 6-3, 190-pound BCS prospect. He has several offers, but Louisville is the one who has most of his attention.
That said, many schools are looking to jump into the race, including Northwestern, who may offer soon, and Michigan, who also stopped into the school this week.
The Spartans have been active in west Michigan, as well. Offensive line coach Mark Staten stopped at Grand Rapids South Christian to see sophomore quarterback Jon Wassink. Wassink has already drawn comparisons to Kirk Cousins. He has similar size to Cousins at the same age (6-2, 185).
Last season, his first as a starter, Wassink passed for 2,777 and 24 touchdowns, and also rushed for nine scores in leading the Sailors to the state title game. Though he was injured and did not play that final game, he firmly put himself on the radar for college coaches. In addition, Wassink also carries a 3.95 grade-point average.
MSU will also be at Muskegon Mona Shores High this week, home to junior receiver Asantay Brown and sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson. However, the most intriguing prospect at that school may be freshman defensive end Chris Daniels, already 6-4 and 245 pounds, and a power lifter. Originally from Muskegon, he moved down to Texas, but is now back, and Shores coaches expect him to be an impact player this season.
Badger commit might visit
Michigan State has done well in Wisconsin over the last few years and the Spartans were recently at Sun Prairie High, home to four-star defensive tackle Craig Evans. He is committed to Wisconsin but is open to looking at other schools.
Evans recently reported that he will visit East Lansing, although a date has not been set. The 6'3, 305-pound junior has additional offers from Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
Juwann Winfree profile: http://bit.ly/163PCw1
Antoine White profile: http://bit.ly/1021rQO
Cameron Polk profile: http://bit.ly/18wCKem
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.