Trieu: State standouts hope for offers this weekend
Michigan State's home game against Wyoming will be yet another opportunity to get recruits on campus. While not many come in with offers, there are several targets who could end up with offers, possibly sooner rather than later.
Wesley French, senior, guard, St. Joseph (Michigan)
French has been on the radar of the Spartans for awhile now, but his recruitment with them began in earnest when area recruiter Mark Staten watched him work out during the spring evaluation period. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect has worked hard on his speed and explosiveness, which has shown on his impressive early-season film. That led Illinois to offer him, and he says he has been receiving good vibes from the Spartans in recent talks. Could he be this year's version of Nick Padla, a fellow southwest Michigan product who had to wait until about this time last year for an offer? Should the Spartans offer French this weekend or at any time during the process, they would become an instant favorite for his signature in February.
Brandon Childress, senior, quarterback, Baldwin (Michigan)
An athletic 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal caller who also excels on the basketball court, Childress holds an offer from Central Michigan, but other schools, including Michigan State, were waiting to see if he was more serious about the pigskin than the roundball. After a great start to this season, football is quickly becoming a next-level option and the Spartans moved fast, inviting him to campus this weekend.
Eric Rogers, junior, linebacker, Warren De La Salle
Those who have seen Rogers play are often left in disbelief that he does not have any scholarship offers yet. With his size (6-2, 230 pounds) and aggressiveness, he is what many schools look for in a middle linebacker recruit. The Spartans had a chance to see him at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy, and he has also been a visitor to campus in the past.
Spartans in final three for QB
Woodbury (Minnesota) East Ridge junior quarterback Seth Green (6-3, 200 pounds) posted on Twitter that he will announce his decision via Bleacher Report on Oct. 17 with his three finalists as Michigan State, Oregon and Minnesota. It is widely believe that the Ducks hold an advantage after having him to campus on Sept. 6 for their game against the Spartans. Green attended camp at MSU in the summer and was offered this fall.
Chicago defender now in play
Chicago DePaul Prep senior defensive tackle Raequan Williams is now on the Spartan radar, he reported to Scout. Williams has offers from Iowa, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and others, but recent contact with Michigan State suggests he may add a Green and White offer before too long. An athletic 6-foot-5, 275-pounder who could play either side of the ball, but is projected more frequently on the defensive side, Williams' impressive performances this fall earned him a bump up to four stars recently in the Scout.com ratings.
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.