Trieu: Spartans hope to sway LB Quart'e Sapp this weekend

By Allen Trieu, Special to The Detroit News
Quart'e Sapp's finalists are Michigan State, Missouri and Tennessee.

A visit to Michigan State has long been in the works for Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton linebacker Quart'e Sapp, and it appears as though this weekend the Spartans will finally get the highly-recruited, 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect on campus.

Sapp has the Spartans in his final three along with Missouri and Tennessee. He has already taken an official to Knoxville and will visit Missouri on Jan. 30, the final weekend before National Signing Day.

According to Milton head coach Tony DeCristofaro, distance and the wintry weather will be two factors the Spartans may have to overcome to land his commitment.

"Michigan State runs a scheme that's similar to ours," DeCristofaro told Scout affiliate InsideTennessee. "But I think he'd rather be closer to home than go that far away. That's just my opinion. I think the weather would also have something to do with it."

That said, the door is still open as Sapp has not made any decisions going into this weekend's trip to MSU.

"I really don't think he knows right now," Decristofaro said.

Additionally, the Spartans will have Taylorsville (Utah) defensive end Mufi Hunt on campus for an official, and according to Spartan Digest's Mike Wilson, there may be additional visitors added.

Listermann enters Scout 300

Michigan State commit Noah Listermann last week was added to the Scout 300, a listing of the nation's top 300 football prospects. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Cincinnati native was also upgraded to a four-star prospect in the process.

"He has a great physical frame to work with and he can still add weight and strength without losing athletic ability," said Scout analyst Dave Berk, who is based in Southwest Ohio. "He's still raw technique-wise, but (Spartans offensive line coach) Mark Staten should be able to mold him into what they need because he doesn't have a lot of bad habits.

"MSU could possibly get a three-year starter out of him."

Listermann only picked up football his sophomore year at Winton Woods High School.

New offers out

According to the Sun Sentinel, Michigan State offered Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Juwuan Harris. Harris is currently committed to Florida Atlantic. Since his commitment to the Owls, Harris has added numerous offers. His list includes Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, UCF and more. He has an official visit scheduled to Rutgers this weekend.

"I'm committed (to FAU), but I'm going to take some visits," Harris told Scout last month. "I'm looking to see about the campus life. I want to see how the players get along and how the coaching staff will treat me. I'm interested in the academic side as well."

More information

Quarte Sapp profile

Noah Listermann profile

Jawuan Harris profile

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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at