July 19, 2013 at 1:00 am

Allen Trieu

MSU adds versatile playmaker Matt Morrissey from 'Spartan family'

Matt Morrissey: 'It's awesome to play for the same school my father did.' (Photo courtesy of Morrissey family)

Matt Morrissey said during his recruitment that his family is a “Spartan family.” His father, Jim, was an All-Big Ten linebacker at Michigan State and his sister Anna is currently on the basketball team. Now the 6-3, 185-pound rising senior from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School has added to that family lineage, as he committed to the Spartans when he visited Monday.

"I felt that it was the best fit for me and fell in love with the Michigan State program," he explained. “It's awesome to play for the same school my father did.”

Recruited by other schools as a safety, Morrissey says the Spartans have him down as an athlete and his position will be determined once he gets to East Lansing. He also plays wide receiver for Stevenson and his size, smarts and ball skills make other positions like linebacker a possibility as well.

He chose the Spartans over offers from Illinois, Boston College, Syracuse and others. His commitment gives MSU another recruit from Illinois in the 2014 class. Like many of the other commits from the Chicagoland area, Morrissey trains at Core 6 Athletes. CEO Paul Szczesny coached Morrissey through the 7-on-7 circuit and saw him play in-season several times.

"Simply put, he's just a playmaker," Szczesny said. "He knows the game of football and has the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. He's definitely one of the top football players we have ever had here."

As a junior, Morrissey made 87 tackles, broke up five passes and caught 33 passes for 563 yards on offense. He is the 13th verbal commitment in the Spartans’ 2014 class.

Ohio receiver comfortable at MSU

Sylvania (Ohio) Southview class of 2014 wide receiver JayJay Pinckney currently has 14 offers, but told Fox Sports NEXT this week that he is focusing on just a few: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, Boston College and Michigan State.

Pinckney (6-3, 175 pounds) says he will take his official visits this fall before making a decision. He plans to visit Kentucky, Cincinnati and Michigan State for those officials. Having been to East Lansing before, he says the staff is a big reason the Spartans are on his short list.

“I also enjoyed them,” he said. “I'm comfortable around the coaches, I enjoy the players, I know some players there, and I enjoy the head coach, Coach Dantonio, and the wide receivers coach, Coach (Terrence) Samuels. I'm comfortable with them in the recruiting process."

Pinckney’s other offers come from Minnesota, Louisville, Marshall, and a host of MAC schools.

Arizona DE earns Spartan offer

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol junior-to-be Cassius Peat visited Michigan State on Monday and left with a Spartan offer. The 6-3, 230-pound defensive end also has an offer from Arizona State. As a sophomore last fall, he recorded 43 tackles and three sacks. He is also being recruited in basketball, where he has helped his school to the last two state titles.

Nicholson cuts list down

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway safety Montae Nicholson has over 30 scholarship offers, but with his senior year approaching, the 6-3, 200-pound prospect has cut his list down, naming a final 12 of Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He plans on making his decision later in the fall, possibly right as his senior season ends. He was offered by the Spartans in March.

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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.