MSU tries to pry 'decleater' Fotu Leiato from West Coast
The term "reckless abandon" certainly applies to Fotu Leiato. Only a few seconds of his highlight tape needs to be watched before seeing opponents flying through the air or laying flat on their backs after absorbing his devastating hits.
The Steilacoom (Wash.) High senior linebacker has added new scholarship offers recently off the strength of that tape. Michigan State was one of the schools that offered in the last few weeks, but the Spartans will have work to do to get his signature in February.
"Michigan State will likely get a visit from him," Scout West Coast analyst Brandon Huffman says, "but it may be tough to get him away from the West Coast, and if hometown Washington offers, they would be hard to overcome."
Other than the Huskies, Washington State, UCLA, Oklahoma, San Diego State and others have offered.
At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he may not have ideal linebacker size at the moment, but he brings versatility to the table along with his famous penchant for "decleaters."
"He is a little bit of a tweener," Huffman explains. "He's a linebacker for Steilacoom and plays some running back and wildcat quarterback, but likely projects as a safety in college. The main thing he is would be physical and a hitter. Whether that's on defense or blocking out of the backfield or special teams, he'll knock your head off."
Michigan State has other players fit that mold recently, most notably Denicos Allen.
"Depending on the defensive scheme, he could be a drop-down safety or an outside linebacker type of kid," said Steilacoom head coach William Garrow. "He has the frame to put on weight in a collegiate level nutrition / strength program, and he's not done growing. Most schools are recruiting him as someone that would develop into a outside linebacker type. And special teams, of course; many schools have said they see him contributing right away in that facet."
Leiato has an official visit set to Washington State for Jan. 16-18. He does not have any others planned at this time.
Spartans add four-star DT
Chicago DePaul Prep defensive tackle Raequan Williams made his long rumored commitment to Michigan State official last Friday prior to his basketball game. He gives the Spartans an athletic 6-foot-5, 280-pound presence on the interior, and analysts who have seen him play are in agreement over his considerable upside.
"My family wanted me to go there, and it was just a great place to be. And, they are winning right now and that is a big thing. You want to win," Williams told Scout's Beth Long, who was at the announcement.
His commitment continues the Spartans' success recruiting in the Chicagoland area, particularly on the defensive line, where they already have Windy City natives Demetrius Cooper and Enoch Smith on the roster.
"That was a big factor too, and they talked to me about it," Williams said. "And I know that I will enjoy being with some Chicago guys. When I was on my official I talked to them a lot, and I feel like I will be with guys that know the area I live in and where I grew up."
Williams had eight sacks and made 74 tackles as a senior, earning all-state honors in the process.
Sophomore earns MSU offer
Westerville (Ohio) South class of 2017 defensive back Marcus Williamson (5-10, 170 pounds) reported to Scout's Bill Greene that area recruiter Mike Tressel offered him a scholarship recently, just the latest in what is shaping up to be an impressive early list for the young star.
Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio State and Toledo have all offered. Williamson has visited East Lansing twice and called MSU a "great university" with a "great coaching staff."
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.