The final home game of Michigan State's 2014 schedule will provide one more opportunity for official visitors to see a gameday atmosphere. The Spartans will still host official and unofficial visitors through the winter months, but a couple recruits will take in Saturday's game against Rutgers.
Houston Nimitz's Darrell Stewart, a wide receiver who some schools are recruiting as a safety, will make his first trip to East Lansing. Offered in May, Stewart was once committed to Boise State, but has kept his process open. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, Stewart holds additional offers from Iowa State, LSU, Colorado, Texas Tech and Georgia, among others.
Philadelphia George Washington defensive end Shareef Miller will also be in town for an official. A 6-foot-5, 225-pound edge rusher, Miller has official visits planned with Penn State, Pittsburgh and Arizona State, as well. He is also considering Rutgers and Temple.
Chicago DePaul Prep's Raequan Williams, a highly sought-after defensive tackle, has been to East Lansing as an unofficial visitor this season, but will use his official visit to get back to campus for the second time in the span of just a few weeks. Williams (6-5, 280 pounds) was offered during the fall. He is also considering Iowa, Missouri, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon.
Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson, a Spartan commit, will also take his official visit this weekend.
On the unofficial side, the Spartans will have a few good, young prospects who are just hitting the radar on campus. Ann Arbor Pioneer running back Antjuan Simmons is just a sophomore but has played two seasons of varsity already and has intriguing size at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.
Another sophomore, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South's Kevin Jarvis may also visit. Jarvis was a varsity starter for head coach Dave Inserra this season, the first sophomore in school history to start on varsity on the offensive line. At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, he already has the size colleges covet and has heard from Iowa and Nebraska, in addition to MSU.
Two junior offensive linemen, Barrington (Ill.) product Alex Serrano and Cedar Falls (Iowa) standout Spencer Williams, will also attend, as will East Grand Rapids senior quarterback Mikey Roth. Potomac (Md.) Bullis wide receiver Cameron Brown, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound pass catcher, is also slated for an unofficial visit.
Commits play on
Cornerback Tyson Smith is the lone in-state commit still vying for a state title as his Orchard Lake St. Mary's squad takes on New Boston Huron on Saturday for the right to go to Ford Field and play for a championship. Smith played in the state title game as a sophomore, a game the Eaglets lost to Grand Rapids Christian.
Running back L.J. Scott and his Hubbard High team will face Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's in the regional finals of the OHSAA playoffs in Ohio. That game takes place on Friday night. Defensive end Justice Alexander and Nordonia will play Midview on Friday as well. Despite both being from Ohio, Alexander and Scott would not play each other should they continue their winning ways. Hubbard is in Division III while Nordonia is in Division II.
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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.