December 6, 2013 at 1:00 am

Allen Trieu

Michigan State basketball game pays big dividends on football side

Montez Sweat was a one-time Vanderbilt commitment who switched to the Spartans. (Photo courtesy of Chad Simmons /

Having football recruits come to college basketball games is a fairly common practice, but for a group of select visitors to Michigan State on Wednesday, they were also privy to a football practice as the Spartans were preparing to take on Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

The experience proved to be just what two recruits needed to see as MSU added commitments from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior cornerback Tyson Smith and Stone Mountain (Ga.) senior tight end Montez Sweat.

Sweat, a one-time Vanderbilt commitment, was one of two official visitors on Wednesday with the other being Sun Prairie (Wis.) defensive tackle Craig Evans. He had additional offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa and several others. His 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame gives him an opportunity to project to a couple of different positions.

“He has very good size and he can run,” national analyst Chad Simmons says. “He was on the kickoff team and often the first or second guy down the field. His best football is ahead of him. He could play defensive end or be a stand-up rush end in college too.”

Smith was offered by the Spartans in June at their summer camp. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect is an early member of the Scout 300 for the 2015 class -- one of only six players from the state of Michigan currently on that list. He joins teammate and bookend corner Jalen Watts-Jackson as Spartan commits.

Other visitors to Wednesday’s MSU basketball game against North Carolina included Detroit Cass Tech juniors Jayru Campbell, a committed quarterback, running back Mike Weber and defensive end Joshua Alabi. Explosive freshman wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones also came along with his teammates. Oak Park running back John Kelly, Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson and South Lake offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth are three juniors who came in already with offers from Michigan State. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s freshman linebacker Josh Ross, who has an MSU offer, also attended.

Jackson Lumen Christi junior running back Khari Willis, Northville junior offensive lineman David Moorman and Farmington sophomore wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick are three other highly-regarded underclassmen who made the trip on Wednesday.

Spartans make run at Iowa commit

According to Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson, Michigan State offered Somerset (N.J.) Franklin outside linebacker Jameer Outsey. A 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior, Outsey chose Iowa in June over offers from Pittsburgh, Temple, Akron and Buffalo. While he is ranked as an outside linebacker, the Spartans are recruiting Outsey as a potential defensive end.

More information

Montez Sweat profile

Tyson Smith profile

Jameer Outsey profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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 For more on MSU recruiting, visit