Michigan State had one signee, Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin, playing in Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game. The Spartans hope that will be two signees by February as Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush, one of their few remaining targets in the 2018 class, also played in the game.
"I'm on Tommy," Gervin said. "I've been talking to Tommy even a little bit before I committed. I'm on him hard, he knows I am."
Gervin will return home for only a day before heading to East Lansing and moving in there as an early enrollee.
Bush bypassed signing during December’s Early Signing Period, opting to take two more official visits before making a decision. He has already taken an official visit to Michigan State. Baylor, Florida, Ole Miss, and Notre Dame are among the schools vying for those spots.
"My family and I have a huge decision about that (remaining official visits},” Bush said. “(It depends on) how big of an impact I can make – not starting as a freshman, but over time, can I make an impact and am I comfortable if football doesn't work out? Can I be at that school and be comfortable with the staff?"
Comfort with the staff is one area that has kept Michigan State among the top contenders in this race. Bush speaks highly of wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel. He also enjoyed Spartan Stadium on his official. He saw the Spartans in one of their biggest wins of the season, a victory over Penn State.
"Michigan State, the atmosphere was great,” Bush said. “You could feel the energy in a good game against Penn State as it was."
As for Gervin, he will begin classes and prepare for spring ball, a springboard he hopes will get him on the field come fall.
"Coach Dantonio basically told me I'm in position to play," Gervin said. "My job is to come in compete, work hard – that's the most important thing, work hard. Looking at Josiah Scott motivates me because he came in early similar to what I'm doing."
For Gervin and Bush, this was their last high school game and a reward for their outstanding careers to date.
Gervin is now just a day away from beginning his Spartan journey, while Bush returns home to continue his recruitment and decide whether or not he will join Gervin in green and white.
Devontae Dobbs participates in Future 50
Belleville junior offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs was one of the select few recruits in the country chosen to participate in Under Armour’s Future 50 camp.
During the event, he gave an update on recruiting, saying Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and Penn State are the schools in contact the most.
He also said teammate Julian Barnett’s recent commitment to Michigan State would not weigh too heavily in his eventual commitment.
"That means something. I'm always looking at it, but I don't think it will impact me a whole lot," he said. "They are (recruiting me). They just keep saying I'm next and we can all go up there and be a pipeline."
Dobbs plans to commit during his senior year.
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.