Anthony McKee will play safety this season but is being recruited to play linebacker at MSU. (Allen Trieu / Scout.com)
Columbus Marion-Franklin linebacker Anthony McKee visited Michigan State last week with many expecting the four-star prospect to make a commitment to the Spartans. Despite leaving with his recruitment still open, there is still a good chance he eventually ends up in Green and White.
”I started to get some good vibes,” he told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson. “I just decided to wait, come home and think about it one more time.”
McKee is considered slightly undersized at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, and will actually be playing safety at Marion-Franklin this year after transferring in from Walnut Ridge. However, his skill set is ideally suited for the STAR linebacker position at MSU, which is what he is being recruited for.
"It’s going to help because the STAR is more of a hybrid-linebacker type safety,” he said.
Purdue, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas and others remain in the hunt. McKee says he is not sure if he will take more visits. While a decision date has not been named, McKee’s recruitment is not one that is likely to drag on into and through the football season.
Falcon is back
The fall practice schedule has allowed many prospects to make their way to campus and observe the Spartans’ preparations for the upcoming season. One such prospect was Southfield running back Matt Falcon, a junior who missed last season with an injury. But at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, with great speed and athleticism, he showed the skills to earn several major offers in camp this summer.
"That was the first time I've been to Michigan State practice,” he said. “I got to go on the field and watch the running backs go through drills. It was a nice experience up there."
Already with offers from Ohio State, North Carolina State, Cincinnati and more, Falcon is poised for a big junior campaign, which could easily produce additions to that offer list. The Spartans are one such school who will monitor his progress closely.
"Michigan State's interest level is high and they're waiting for the season to start and see me perform to my abilities -- definitely the first two games and then from there, wherever they take it," he said.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hamler came for a visit, already holding an offer from Michigan State. He earned one at the Spartans’ summer camp and has continued to get up to campus since then.
"It is a beautiful campus,” he said. “The coaches and players treat me like family there. I just like being on their campus.”
Also with an offer from Cincinnati, Hamler says he enjoyed getting to work with the Spartan receivers and spend more time with wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
“I think I have a good relationship with him,” he said. “We talk a bunch of times. He really is a good coach and gives me good tips on things, tells me to stay humble and keep focused on my grades and school. He is a good coach to me.”
Southfield and St. Mary’s will play each other the first week of the season, Aug. 29 at Wayne State.
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.