Walled Lake Western’s Cody White is the latest in-state prospect to receive an offer from Michigan State.
A Detroit News All-State and All-Metro North selection as a junior, White is a 6-foot-3, 190 pound wide receiver who could project as a defensive back as well.
The other Big Ten schools who have offered are Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota. Syracuse, Wake Forest, Boston College, Duke and several MAC schools also have offered. While many know White’s father is former Lions vice president of pro personnel and interim general manager Sheldon White, he also has family ties to Michigan State.
“Both my grandparents went to Michigan State,” Cody White said to Scout’s Dave Berk. “They’ve kind of adopted me as a Michigan State fan. But over the past few years, I’ve kind of grown up a college football fan.”
In addition to the family connection, White says he is excited to have the Spartan opportunity because he has been visiting the school since his freshman season. He attended last season’s prime time win over Oregon and hopes to return for a spring practice or the spring game in April.
He claims no favorites at this time, but he has paid close attention to how the Spartans have developed their players.
“I see how they get their receivers open and get them the ball by keeping the run game going,” he said. “You can see it’s a program that develops their guys. It shows how they are progressing young men into men and developing football players as well as they can be. Sending them to the NFL just improves their program.”
White finished his junior season with 49 receptions for 927 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had four interceptions as a defensive back.
Spartans offer fast-rising tight end
Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy tight end Jake Marwede is one of the Midwest’s most-offered juniors.
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Marwede added a Michigan State offer to take his list to 22, including Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Northwestern, Penn State, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Iowa State, Duke, Nebraska and others.
He does have familiarity with Michigan State, having visited during the season.
"I went to the Purdue game last fall," he said. "I liked the campus and the whole game day feel. I also was impressed with Coach Dantonio and the great staff he has brought in there."
Marwede added that he hopes to visit again in the spring.
Cass Tech cornerback offered on visit
Detroit Cass Tech sophomore Kalon Gervin, a cornerback prospect who recorded a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at Michigan State during last June’s camp, was offered by the Spartans last Sunday during his visit to campus.
"It really means a lot," he said. "My brother went to MSU so it's a very home-like environment."
Gervin now has 13 offers. Tennessee, Michigan and Penn State are among the other programs on his list.
He says his connection with the Spartan coaches will have them in high consideration throughout his recruitment.
He hopes to return to Michigan State for a spring practice.
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.