One of Michigan State's top remaining senior targets is Minneapolis De La Salle two-way lineman Drayton Carlberg. A 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect who many schools are recruiting as an offensive lineman, but could potentially wind up on defense as well, Carlberg visited East Lansing on an official visit and saw the Spartans take down Nebraska.
"Their crowd is definitely crazy there," he said. "It was a late game, on TV, and I loved it. The atmosphere is great, the school is great, and I love it out there."
Carlberg has taken other official visits to California, North Carolina and Vanderbilt. He would still like to take an official visit to Oregon, one he was forced to reschedule, and an unofficial to Minnesota. He says he is only considering those schools at this time.
With a tight-knit family and an older brother in the same class also looking to play college football, some may think Carlberg wants to stick closer to home, but the closeness of his family is actually something that makes distance more manageable.
"Distance is definitely not a big deal," he said. "I know my mom and dad are going to try to make it to every game if they can. That's how my family is. We're still going to stay connected even if we are far apart."
De La Salle has a bye in the first week of this weekend's Minnesota state playoffs, but then it is crunch time for Carlberg and his team. Hence, he admits recruiting is not at the forefront of his mind, but once he gets to Eugene for that final official visit, a commitment should not be far behind.
"I'm looking forward to [making] a decision in the next month or two here," he said. "I'll start thinking harder after my official. That was a big thing for me, my officials."
Visitors beginning to line up
The Oct. 25 game against Michigan should provide a big recruiting weekend in East Lansing. Oak Park running back John Kelly, a senior who holds an MSU offer, will be in town that weekend. Detroit King junior wide receiver Donnie Corley, who also has a Spartan offer, is also scheduled to visit, and highly-recruited Eden Prairie (Minn.) junior linebacker Carter Coughlin, who has not yet been offered by the Spartans, also reports he will be in town.
Spartans offer talented DB
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, a top 50 national prospect according to Scout.com, added an offer from Michigan State this week. A 6-foot-3 senior, McFadden has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Notre Dame and others. He will announce his commitment on Oct. 31.
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.