Michigan State will have a sizable group of official visitors on campus this weekend -- some committed, some uncommitted, as the Spartans look to close out the 2016 class.
In the case of Olentangy (Ohio) Liberty offensive lineman Luke Campbell (6-4, 275 pounds), the visit was set recently after the Spartans offered the then-Purdue commit.
Referred to by Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo as one of the most improved prospects between his junior and senior years that he evaluated on tape, Campbell also was offered by Iowa State, Syracuse and Maryland recently, a rush of late offers that validated the strides he made as a senior.
Campbell is familiar with the Spartans, but this official visit will be his first time on campus as a prospect holding an offer.
"I've been to Michigan State three times so far -- for a game, a camp and to watch practice," he told Scout’s Bill Green. "I'm being recruited by Coach (Mark) Staten and Coach (Mike) Tressel. I just want to get up there again and get a feel for things."
Campbell does not have a timetable for a final decision, but did not rule out the possibility of ending his recruitment soon.
"If I like it (at MSU), there's a chance I could commit this weekend," he said.
Michigan State will also host Philadelphia Preparatory Charter defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate, a recent Penn State decommitment, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy offensive tackle / defensive end Prince Sammons and Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge athlete Malik Harrison this weekend. Michigan commit Michael Onwenu, who was offered by Michigan State during the week, is also expected on a visit this weekend along with Detroit King’s Lavert Hill.
Dioubate will also visit Temple following his official to Michigan State and his decision, according to Scout’s Brian Dohn, could come down to those two schools. Sammons has an official visit scheduled for Auburn on the following weekend. He hosted Michigan State coaches during the week ahead of his official visit to campus.
Harrison, who could play a number of positions, including tight end, wide receiver and linebacker, is also considering Ohio State.
Among the committed prospect who will be on campus for official visits are kicker Matt Coghlin, defensive tackle Naquan Jones, defensive end Josh King and wide receiver Trishton Jackson.
Two new 2017 offers
Michigan State offered two of New Jersey’s top junior defensive tackles this week -- Paramus (N.J.) Catholic’s Corey Bolds (6-3, 270 pounds) and The Hun School’s Fred Hansard (6-3, 290 pounds). Both prospects hold offers from around the country. Neither have set visits to Michigan State yet.
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.