It was not so long ago that Muskegon sophomore Antwan Reed may have been envisioning himself meeting Tom Izzo and receiving an offer from the Spartans. At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Reed looked like a power forward when he transferred from North Muskegon last year.
The Big Reds staff took one look and knew he had the frame of a big-time football player.
Since then, Reed has dedicated himself to football. He now tips the scales at 280 pounds, and in a few short months has gone from ground zero to a stalwart on one of the best teams in the state and a rising name in recruiting circles. He has received offers from Tennessee and most recently, Michigan State, following his visit to East Lansing for the Indiana game.
"We were down, after the game, and we went to the locker room and talked to Coach Dantonio and said he would like to offer me," Reed said.
The scary part is, Reed is still young and developing. He just turned 15 and will graduate high school as a 17 year old.
"It's an amazing improvement for a young kid who just turned 15," Muskegon head coach Shane Fairfield said. "He just turned 15 and he's had incredible gains. He's understood what hard work is all about. He hasn't missed a practice. He's 280 pounds now compared to the 230 he was, his pad level is getting better and he's becoming a better and better player just because of getting experience."
The Big Reds have won three state titles since 2004. Even in years where they have not taken high school football's ultimate prize, they made deep playoff runs. The offensive line play is one of the primary reasons for that.
Offensive line coach Matt Bolles has coached many players who went off to play in college, mostly at FCS and Division II programs due to lack of prototypical size and body type. When he saw Reed, he knew he potentially had his first nationally-recruited prospect. But nobody at the school, including Reed, who thought the Tennessee offer was a prank, expected it to happen this quickly.
"I've coached some pretty good guys but he'll be the best offensive lineman," Fairfield says. "I'm familiar with really good offensive lineman and this kid can be one of the best ever that's come around in my career."
Spartans offer 4-star Cincinnati DB
Scout's Dave Berk reported on Wednesday that Michigan State offered Cincinnati Colerain cornerback Amir Riep. Area recruiter and position coach Harlon Barnett was at Colerain this week as the Spartans are using their bye week to hit the recruiting trail.
Riep, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star prospect on Scout, has been to Michigan State twice this season and holds the Spartans in high regard.
"I'm really excited about this offer as Michigan State is a great school for defensive backs that go on and compete at the next level," he said to Berk. "I've always thought of Michigan State because I really liked watching Darqueze Dennard and the "No Fly Zone" when he was there."
Riep has additional offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and more. He says he would like to commit before the start of his senior season next August.
Corley sets decision date
One of Michigan State's top targets, Detroit King wide receiver Donnie Corley, has set a commitment date of Dec. 8, which is his mother's birthday. The Spartans have long been considered one of the leaders. He took an official visit to East Lansing earlier this season.
Corley, ranked the No. 1 player in the state by The Detroit News also took an official visit to Tennessee. Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State are among the other contenders for the four-star prospect.
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.