J.J. Arcega-Whiteside said an offer from Michigan State would be a 'game-changer.' (Twitter)
Earlier this week, Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman senior receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside unexpectedly heard from Michigan State again after a lengthy period of time without contact from the Spartans. He told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson that the staff told him he was quickly moving up their board.
On Thursday, he found out just how quickly that move was as the Spartans became the latest school to offer the 6-foot-3, 210-pound pass catcher. His offer list includes the likes of Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and more. He was planning on making an August decision, but this was one of the few offers he said would throw a wrench into those plans.
“He said before it came in that it would be a game-changer,” Wilson said. “He told me he was really excited (to receive the offer). The Spartans could have changed his timeframe and moved themselves into a position to be in his top group of schools.”
Arcega-Whiteside said area recruiter Jim Bollman came down to his school in the spring.
Scout’s South Carolina prep expert Kerry Fair believes the improvements Arcega-Whiteside has made through the last few years could have him adding even more offers and moving up the recruiting rankings.
“He’s a big target who has dramatically grown in terms of weight and speed between the end of his sophomore season and now heading into his senior season,” Fair said. “Don't be surprised to see him push well past 20-plus when other schools see him and, in the process, should add a fourth star.”
Will he also add himself to the Michigan State class?
“I really do like MSU’s chances with this kid,” Wilson says. “He had been moving up the board as a player MSU was interested in, and the offer puts them firmly in the mix.”
Four-star LB has MSU in top group
Cassius Peat, a four-star linebacker from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol, has named a top six of Arizona State, Oklahoma Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and Michigan State.
“They were my second offer,” he told Scout’s Brandon Huffman, “and they’ve been consistent in recruiting me. I visited last summer and the facilities are nice and the program is coming up and will be good in the future.”
Peat (6-4, 230) plans to take an official visit to East Lansing this fall. He will also see the Spartans play when he visits Oregon for their Sept. 6 showdown in Eugene.
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.