Raequan Williams, a highly-recruited defensive tackle from Chicago DePaul Prep, visited Michigan State last Saturday for their win over Michigan and left with a scholarship offer from the Spartans. That offer and his experience on the visit have the Green and White immediately moving into his list of top choices.
"Michigan State is in my top five because of the way they develop players and just their physicality," Williams told Scout.com's Beth Long. "Arizona, Iowa, Oregon and Missouri are the rest of my top five. All the schools are really even right now."
The visit was an unofficial one for the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Williams, but he hopes to take official visits with all five of those schools. Distance, and some of his team's games being on Saturdays, has kept Williams from getting out to many schools this fall. The ones he has seen, however, he has enjoyed.
"Since the season started, I have visited Iowa and Michigan State," Williams said. "About Iowa, I liked the coaches, of course, because they are great people. Fans show a lot of love there. It is always fun going to Iowa. I liked the players and the coaches at Michigan State. I like that they are so big and physical, and one day that's what I want to be. I want to be really big and physical and hopefully do well at the next level."
Williams continues to hear from new programs, but wants to keep his focus narrowed to the five schools currently on his list.
He is not expected to make a decision until later in the year, once he is able to take his official visits.
Williams, through his outstanding play as a senior, has moved into the Scout 300 and was upgraded to a four-star prospect earlier in the fall.
Spartan defensive line coach Ron Burton visited DePaul Prep last week to check in with Williams and his coaches. While there, he also stopped in on Hinsdale South junior defensive end Josh King, who holds a Spartan offer, and Evanston junior defensive tackle Naquan Jones, who does not have an offer, but may be nearing one.
Spartans show interest in local star
Lansing Sexton is 9-0 heading into the state playoffs, and a big part of that has been linebacker and wide receiver Rayshawn Wilborn. Currently committed to Central Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior's size, athleticism, and versatility have brought new programs into his recruitment this fall, including Michigan State.
"Michigan State was after him," Sexton assistant coach Johnel Davis said. "State was looking at him as a receiver. He's supposed to go out there for the Ohio State game for a visit and then we will know a little more."
Despite the addition of a San Diego State offer, Wilborn remains committed to CMU. Joining him on his visit to East Lansing will be junior defensive back Devin Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner who has drawn the interest of many schools, as well.
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.