July 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Allen Trieu

Indiana stars Austin Mack, Auston Robertson surging as MSU targets

Austin Mack is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 12 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. (Scout.com / Allen Trieu)

Michigan State hosted two of Indiana’s top rising juniors on Tuesday when Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers High) wide receiver Austin Mack and Fort Wayne (Wayne High) defensive end Auston Robertson came to town. Mack, a skilled and physical 6-foot-2, 205-pound Scout 300 member, left with an offer.

“It was an honor,” he told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson. “(Coach Dantonio) is a really good dude and respected. He was really cool and talked to me about some things. I heard he is the type of guy you can learn a lot of things from, and from other people up here.”

Bishop Luers has turned into something of a recruit factory. The Spartans last signed a player from the school in the 2009 class, linebacker Tyquan Hammock. While the offer to Mack is new, their recruitment of him is not, as he has been steadily in contact with them since a freshman season in which he broke out as a future star.

Indiana and Cincinnati both extended early offers to him, but this summer has seen a rise in activity as Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame all offered in June.

Mack says he plans to return to East Lansing this fall, and made it clear he has high interest in the Spartans.

“I was so geeked, I couldn’t even tell you,” he said. “It really started when I talked to the strength and conditioning coach, Coach (Ken) Mannie. After talking to him I was super stoked about it.”

Robertson, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end, did not leave with an offer, but he is on the Spartans’ radar. As a sophomore, he played wide receiver and tight end. But after moving over to defense for camps this summer, he promptly went from zero to four offers, including ones from Indiana and Notre Dame.

As he is able to put together more defensive film this fall, that list is expected to grow and MSU coaches told him they will be watching closely.

Spartan commit to camp elsewhere?

Schools are beginning to see what Michigan State saw last month when they offered Nordonia (Ohio) defensive end Justice Alexander. Something of a late bloomer, the now 6-foot-6 and 237-pound Alexander impressed at several camps and ended up committed to the Spartans over offers from Tennessee, Pittsburgh and others. However, that commitment has not stopped new programs from making attempts to get him on campus.

"Other schools are trying to get me to visit, but I'm totally committed to Michigan State," he told Scout’s Bill Greene. "The ones recruiting me hardest would be Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State. None of those schools have offered, but they all want me to visit.”

He added: "I'm committed to Michigan State, but I like to compete against the best, so that's the only reason I would think about going to another school's camp. Ohio State wants me to come on July 25 for their Friday Night Lights camp."

If Alexander did move forward with camp plans, he would make certain he was honest and up front with the Spartan staff before doing so.

"I've thought about going, but before I would go to Ohio State I would have to talk to my parents and also to Michigan State first," he continued. "It would be the same for Alabama and Auburn, but I'm not sure if they have camps left."

New Jersey receiver to visit

Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek receiver Cameron Chambers will visit Michigan State on July 25. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior-to-be, Chambers has an offer from the Green and White, along with additional offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Florida and many others.

More information

Austin Mack profile

Auston Robertson profile

Justice Alexander 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 weekly at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.