Trieu: Florida's Chris Hart among high-profile visitors for MSU-UM game

By Allen Trieu, Special to The Detroit News
Chris Hart projects as a likely defensive end in college.

It's Michigan week. That means a high number of visitors in East Lansing on Saturday when the Spartans take on the Wolverines.

There will be three official visitors; two are already committed -- quarterback Brian Lewerke and offensive lineman Tyler Higby. The third is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defender Chris Hart, who southeast manager Chad Simmons says is a safe bet to be a contributor.

"I think he's going to be a defensive end," said Simmons of Hart, who is currently listed as an outside linebacker. "He's strong, well-coached, and I think he's going to end up being a good, solid player in college."

Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Kentucky are among the other schools that have extended offers to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Clark.

Five juniors who hold Spartan offers will also visit: Detroit Cass Tech linebacker and USC commit Daelin Hayes; his teammates, two-way lineman Michael Onwenu and cornerback LaVert Hill; Detroit King wide receiver Donnie Corley; and Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson.

In addition, juniors Brandon Peters, a quarterback from Avon (Ind.), Eden Prairie (Minn.) linebacker Carter Coughlin, Plymouth offensive tackle Michael Jordan and Cass Tech receiver Demetric Vance are all highly regarded-prospects who have yet to be offered by the Green and White, but have strong interest coming their way. Of that group, Jordan, who has offers from Michigan and Ohio State, seems to be the best candidate for an offer.

Chicago DePaul senior defensive tackle Raequan Williams will visit. He is also considered a strong offer candidate. He has not been to campus before, and him making the trip could be the final piece of the puzzle. A four-star prospect, he has offers from Iowa, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and others.

Recruiting heating up for Kareem

Farmington Hills Harrison junior defensive end Khalid Kareem has turned a strong 2014 season into his first two offers, from Bowling Green and Northwestern. Kareem (6-4, 235 pounds) has also visited Michigan State and been in steady contact with the Spartans.

"There are a few teams that I think are close to offering. A lot of people have asked me about Michigan State. I believe they are close. I talk to Coach Salem often," he said.

Kareem says he hopes to visit East Lansing again before the season is over. He also camped with the Spartans over the summer.

Prolific back hears from MSU

Winchester (Ind.) junior running back Kiante Enis reported to's Anna Hickey that he just started hearing from Michigan State. Enis, the son of former NFL running back Curtis Enis, has rushed for an astounding 2,560 yards so far this season. Indiana became the first program to offer the 6-foot-2, 192-pound back last weekend, and he is also hearing from a number of other schools including the Spartans and Missouri.

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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 For more on MSU recruiting, visit