Trieu: OSU commit Hill among many thrilled by MSU win, atmosphere

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
George Hill

Recruits who attended Michigan State's Saturday night contest against Oregon used a lot of the same adjectives to describe what it was like inside Spartan Stadium. "Incredible," "ridiculous" and "amazing" were among those that came up frequently.

George Hill, a four-star running back committed to Ohio State, visited and had a chance to see former high school teammate LJ Scott contribute heavily to the Spartans' victory.

"It was a big win for them," Hill said. "It was great watching LJ do so well because we are such great friends. They are pushing me to commit to them and so is LJ."

Hill said he is still committed to Ohio State, however, and will visit the Buckeyes again, potentially as soon as this weekend. Taking five official visits is also under consideration with Pittsburgh and West Virginia as two other schools he would like to see. He can also still take an official visit to Michigan State, as last weekend's trip was an unofficial visit.

The Spartans also had many of their home state's top juniors on campus. The Orchard Lake St. Mary's duo of linebacker Josh Ross and wide receiver K.J. Hamler attended.

Ross' older brother James plays at Michigan, so he has been considered the Wolverines' to lose throughout his recruitment. However, after seeing Saturday's game, he said the Spartans are definitely under consideration.

"The defense looked good," he said. "That atmosphere and everything makes it hard to look past going there and playing on that team. It was nice."

Hamler noted the passing game at Michigan State, one in which the speedy playmaker could see himself in.

"It was the best Michigan State game I've been to yet," Hamler said. "I was very impressed with their offense. They passed it way more than I expected, so that was a big eye-opener for me. Michigan State is still in my top five."

Currently ranked as the state's top junior, Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones said it was the best crowd he has seen at a Michigan State game.

"Coach Dantonio's ambition to win (is sticking out)," Peoples-Jones said. "He's done a great job recently and last year, and has State competing at a high level."

Finally, the Spartans had three official visitors, offensive tackle E.J. Price, linebacker Aaron Hansford and wide receiver Donnie Corley. For Corley, considered a long time Spartan lean, this was his first official visit.

"It was great," his father Donny Corley Sr. said. "The whole time we were there, the game was electric. We had a real good time. Coach Dantonio, Coach Blackwell and the rest of the staff is phenomenal. It was a great win for Michigan State, the Big Ten and the Midwest."

While the Spartans did not receive any commitments over the weekend, it was clear the game and the atmosphere surrounding it made an impact with recruits, and that ripple effect should lead to more commitments down the line.

New offer in Connecticut

According to Scout's Brian Dohn, Michigan State is the newest offer for Cheshire (Conn.) Academy four-star junior wide receiver Tarik Black. The Spartans join a laundry list of offers for the 6-foot-3, 198-pound standout. Alabama, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and others have offered. He has not set up a visit to Michigan State at this time.

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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.