Jashon Cornell on Michigan State: 'I like how the coaches brought me in and it felt like it was a family.' (Photo courtesy of Allen Trieu)
While Michigan State’s spring game did not produce any commitments on the recruiting side, the ripple effect from having recruits on campus that day could allow the Spartans to add several major members to their 2015 class.
One of the biggest news items coming out of the day was St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall blue-chip defensive end Jashon Cornell naming the Spartans his leader. A national recruit with offers from around the country, popular speculation was that Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and potentially others held an advantage. However, his first trip to East Lansing put the Green and White in the driver’s seat.
“I really liked the campus,” he said. “I like how the coaches brought me in and it felt like it was a family. All the recruits were all one big family and I felt like part of the group. I will come out with a top eight (soon), but Michigan State is number one on my list right now."
Another highly-recruited prospect to make his way to campus was L.J. Scott, a physical 6-foot-1, 225-pound tailback from Hubbard, Ohio. After getting to meet a player he is often compared to, Le’Veon Bell, and spending the day on campus, he admits he is closer to making a decision.
“Every time I go there I get closer to committing,” he told Scout.com’s Bill Greene, “and I would say I'm 90 percent right now. Every time I go there it just gets better and better, and it's starting to feel like family for me at Michigan State."
Scott says he would like to visit more schools before making his choice.
Just as Scott met a potential mentor in Bell, Cincinnati Winton Woods offensive tackle Noah Listermann did the same when he spent time with former Spartan Skyler Burkland. A massive 6-foot-8, 270-pound prospect, Listermann stood out among the crowd of recruits, and the way the coaches treated him and his family stood out to him.
“My mom really likes it there and loves Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Mark) Staten,” he told Scout.com’s Dave Berk. “We have always looked for and really want that family feeling, and she really likes that about MSU and so did Mike.”
Other top visitors for the spring game included Cincinnati Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor, Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson, Cass Tech running back Mike Weber, Oak Park defensive back John Kelly, and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s sophomore linebacker-running back Daelin Hayes.
Spartans offer sophomore quarterback
Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was offered by Michigan State this week, part of huge week for the class of 2016 member as he also added Penn State and Ohio State to his list. A 6-foot-4, 180-pound prospect, Guaratano has a “live arm,” according to Scout.com’s Brian Dohn. He has additional offers from Clemson, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia and more.
Massive Illinois tackle adds offer
Michigan State also offered Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin offensive tackle Quinn Oseland this week. One of the biggest prospects in the Midwest (6-6, 300), Oseland has offers from Oregon (he plans to visit soon), Illinois (considered his leader by some), Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and others. Oseland told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson that he had planned to camp in East Lansing this summer, but in light of the offer, will visit but not participate in camp. He does not have a firm date for that visit yet.
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 weekly at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.