When Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel stopped at Detroit King during the bye week, they were checking in with committed seniors Kyonta Stallworth and Tyriq Thompson, but even more than that, they were evaluating junior wide receiver Donnie Corley.
Corley (6-2, 175 pounds) has been outstanding for the 3-0 Crusaders since coming over from Wyandotte Roosevelt. Through those three contests, he has 21 receptions for 486 yards and six touchdowns. That production coupled with his athletic tools earned him a Michigan State offer shortly after the Spartans stopped by the school.
"He was extremely excited," King assistant Terel Patrick said. "I asked him his goals as far as college and some of the colleges he was real serious about, and that was one of the first ones he named -- Michigan State. To have it as goal and accomplish that goal based on on-field performance, he's very fired up."
King played Roosevelt last year, so Patrick had an idea of what they were getting athletically, but it has been some of the intangibles that have really impressed him.
"His work ethic and ability to translate direction on the field stands out," Patrick said. "He's an extremely hard worker that takes all of the coaching, all the pointers, and translates it on to the field."
Corley has additional offers from Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Toledo, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.
His father says they plan to visit Michigan State this season, but King's next two games are on Saturdays.
Spartan target sets commitment date
Traverse City (Mich.) West junior offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa has set a commitment announcement date of December 1st with a top five to come in November. The Spartans were the first to offer the 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect. Since then, offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska and more have followed. It is expected that Michigan State will be in his top five when the time comes.
Among the visitors for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan will be Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem, Lima (Ohio) wide receiver Ruben Flowers, and Monticello (Ill.) quarterback Brandon Wildman, all juniors. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Flowers holds an offer from Toledo. All three are hearing from multiple FBS programs.
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.