February 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Allen Trieu

Kyonta Stallworth sticking with Spartans despite Alabama offer

Kyonta Stallworth transferred from St. Clair Shores South Lake to Detroit King. (Photo by Brian King / Scout.com)

Much has happened with Michigan State commit Kyonta Stallworth in recent weeks. One of the nation’s top offensive line recruits, he first transferred from South Lake High in St. Clair Shores to Detroit King. Shortly after arriving at his new school, he was presented with a new offer.

"Coach Bobby Williams from Alabama called and offered Kyonta," Crusaders assistant Terel Patrick said Wednesday. “He is still committed to Michigan State.”

Stallworth (6-4, 290) has been committed to the Spartans since early December. He was offered last summer and was essentially considered a commitment for the months leading up to his official announcement.

Dave Berk, a regional analyst for Scout.com, believes this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as schools recruiting Spartan commits.

“I think the reality of it is now people are realizing Michigan State offers kids and then those kids become players,” he says. “This will not be the last of programs like ’Bama coming after MSU pledges. I think this will become a recurring theme.”

Still, Patrick says Stallworth is not only remaining committed to Mark Dantonio and his staff, but he is not taking any other visits, and his focus is only on the classroom at the moment.

“That’s really why he’s over with us at King, to be honest with you -- for academics,” Patrick said.

Stallworth is currently a member of the Scout 300, a listing of the top 300 juniors in the country. He is also ranked as the No. 11 guard in the country and the No. 3 prospect in the state of Michigan in the class of 2015.

Saturday visitors

Michigan State will host several football visitors for Saturday’s basketball game against Illinois. Among them will be Dublin Scioto (Ohio) junior linebacker Nick Conner, a four-star prospect by Scout. He has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. A physical 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect, Conner won a positional MVP award at this month’s Best of the Midwest Combine in Indianapolis.

Among the other visitors this weekend will be East Grand Rapids junior quarterback Mikey Roth and Zeeland East freshman defensive end Johnathan Berghorst.

Four-star corner eyes Spartan trip

Philadelphia St. Jospeh’s Prep cornerback John Reid tells Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn that he hopes to visit Michigan State in the near future. While a date has not been set, Reid (5-10, 180) hopes to get to East Lansing during the spring or summer.

He noted the way MSU develops talent and the success of Darqueze Dennard as factors in his interest in the Green and White. A top-15 national prospect at his position, Reid has offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Miami and many others. An outstanding student, he says academics will play heavily into his decision.

More information

Kyonta Stallworth profile

Nick Conner profile

John Reid profile

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.