Trieu: MSU No. 1 for Columbus DB Austin Andrews

By Allen Trieu, Special to The Detroit News
Austin Andrews returns a punt during a 2014 game for Columbus St. Francis De Sales.

Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales defensive back Austin Andrews said recently that he thought a Michigan State offer was on its way. That proved to be prophetic as the Spartans offered the 6-foot-0, 190-pound junior on Wednesday night.

When asked where that offer puts the Spartans on his list, Andrews simply said, "number one."

That offer comes on the heels of a visit to campus Andrews made.

"It was really, really strong love and honesty right off the bat," he said. "They're great coaches."

While the Spartans now sit on top of his list, Andrews said recently that Wisconsin, which has also offered and received a visit from Andrews, was right there with Michigan State.

Andrews is currently ranked the nation's No. 31 cornerback prospect on Scout, but could also project to the safety position in college.

He does not have a decision date planned yet.

Two Spartan targets have decision dates

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback Messiah DeWeaver, Michigan State's top prospect at the position, will announce his commitment on April 22 at his school. The Spartans are widely considered the heavy favorite to land the 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal caller.

Detroit Renaissance offensive tackle Alaric Jackson told Scout this week that he plans to make a decision in October. An athletic 6-foot-7, 295-pound junior, Jackson holds a Spartan offer and recently visited campus again and met with offensive line coach Mark Staten.

Jackson says his mom would like him closer to home, but will support whatever decision he makes. He also has a close relationship with former Renaissance star and current Spartan defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas.

Ohio lineman adds Spartan offer

Leipsic (Ohio) offensive lineman Gavin Cupp (6-5, 275 pounds) was offered by Michigan State last week. He said he has long been waiting for an opportunity with the Spartans.

"There is so much weight off my shoulders now," he said to Scout's Dave Berk. "I really like Michigan State and have always walked away, when taking visits to MSU, very happy and pleased. It means a lot to have this opportunity."

Cupp holds additional offers from Illinois, Cincinnati and others.

Randle an early stop

One of assistant coach Mark Staten's first stops on Wednesday, the opening day of the spring evaluation period, was at Battle Creek Central to see linebacker Brandon Randle, who has a Michigan State offer.

Randle is considering the Spartans and N.C. State, which recently offered. The Wolfpack are of interest to the 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior because he has family living in the area.

More information

Austin Andrews profile

Alaric Jackson profile

Gavin Cupp 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