Michigan State offered a recruit this week who should have a familiar name to Spartan fans in Muhsin Muhammad III, a sophomore wide receiver at Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park.
His father, Muhsin Muhammad II, played at Michigan State before he was a second-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers, and played in two Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl.
The younger Muhammad is a 6-foot, 170-pound recruit who has other offers from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
“Obviously I think he’s honored to receive the offer opportunity to play at MSU where his dad played,” Muhammad II said. “Some of this has been somewhat overwhelming, but we’re taking it all in stride. He’s staying focused, managing his time, and staying focused on the preparation piece of it. He will continue to improve. I think he relishes the opportunity — he’s just a sophomore — so he’ll sit back and make a decision when he’s ready, but he’s excited about that and he will keep working.”
Muhammad III is being recruited by offensive line coach Jim Bollman, who was on staff at Michigan State when his father played. He has had an opportunity to take several unofficial visits to Michigan State, so he is familiar with the school beyond his dad being an alum.
For now, Dad is looking to help with the process and provide guidance without putting any pressure on his son to follow in his Spartan footsteps.
“I’m happy he will have the opportunity to play there and happy he has options,” Muhammad II said. “In the process of what’s the best fit for him, ultimately it will come down to the best feel for him and the best place for to improve and make it to the next level. Obviously, I am biased on Michigan State versus others, but I don’t put any pressure on where he should go or what decision he should make. He has to make that his own and be proud of where he wants to go to school. He’s the one that has to live with that decision.”
The plan is for Muhammad III to visit schools this summer as well as attend summer football camps, but no schedule is set yet. Muhammad II said by the time his son is ready to make a commitment, which could still be a long way away, he wants it to be as informed a decision as he can make.
The process of becoming informed will double as a continuation of their father-son relationship.
“I love it,” Muhammad II said. “Football’s in my blood and I love the game, but I love being able to spend quality time with him going on the road and visiting schools. Also being able to educate him on how to conduct the right kind of process. He gets to relish this opportunity and this time in his life because he will never be able to repeat this, so I’m really relishing the opportunity to continue to build our bond.”
MSU offers Indiana LB
Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer’s Jack Kiser was offered a scholarship by Michigan State this week.
As a junior, Kiser helped his team to a state title by rushing for 1,964 yards and 38 touchdowns and passing for another 1,193 yards and 16 touchdowns as a quarterback, and recording 100 tackles (7.5 for loss) and eight interceptions on defense.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Kiser is ranked as the No. 10 junior in Indiana by the 247Sports Composite, and holds additional offers from Purdue, Iowa and more.
Recent camp star visiting MSU
Toledo Central Catholic’s Jase Bowen was one of the top performers at the recent Under Armour All-America Camp in Cleveland, and since then, has seen his football recruitment pick up.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bowen is committed to Notre Dame for baseball, but Minnesota, Iowa State, Cincinnati, and several others have offered for football.
Bowen has not been offered by Michigan State yet, but has been in contact with the staff.
As a junior, Bowen played some quarterback, running back, and wide receiver for his team, but is being recruited as a wideout.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. 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.