Michigan State will play host to Northwestern this weekend, and as has been the case for the last several home games, a good-sized group of visitors is expected in East Lansing.
The most important name coming in is actually a committed player, Strongsville (Ohio) offensive lineman J.D. Duplain, who 247Sports’ Bill Greene reports will be returning to East Lansing on the heels of receiving an Ohio State offer.
The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship on Tuesday, which brought about questions as to whether the home-state pull would give Ohio State a chance to flip him, much like the Buckeyes were able to do with Oak Park quarterback Dwan Mathis.
At this time, Duplain has not set a visit to Columbus or made public statements about considering the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Duplain has been committed to Michigan State since the beginning of August.
In addition to Duplain, the Spartans will host in-state juniors Raequan Beal, Grant Toutant and Zach Reid, among many others. Beal is a strong-armed 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback from Detroit Renaissance. Toutant is a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Warren De La Salle who has had an outstanding fall season so far. Reid is a 6-foot-0, 170-pound cornerback from Clarkston.
4-star LB enjoys MSU visit
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Joshua Calvert took an official visit to Michigan State last weekend. Calvert was hosted by fellow California native Parks Gissinger, and although many experts have predicted he'll to stay out west and choose UCLA, he returned home saying the Spartans are a “very realistic option” for him.
“I definitely have a better feeling about the school after this visit,’ Calvert said to 247Sports’ Greg Biggins. “I felt really comfortable out there, and even though the area and city is pretty much the opposite from SoCal, I really liked it.”
At this time, Calvert has not set a firm date for a commitment. He will visit UCLA again this weekend.
MSU commits have All-America opportunity
Two of Michigan State’s verbal commits in the 2019 class have been chosen to take part in Under Armour’s Dream Fearlessly Fan Vote.
Bolingbrook (lll.) running back Anthony Williams and Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic wide receiver Jase Bowen are part of a bracket of 32 players. Fans and friends are able to vote in each matchup, with the winner at the end of the voting period (which is two weeks for the first two rounds and one week for the final two rounds), moving on to the next round.
From 32 down to 16, to eight, four, two and then a final winner who will get to participate in January’s Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando.
Michigan State has had committed recruits play in the game before, including Will Gholston and Lawrence Thomas. Two of Michigan State’s other commits in this class, Belleville offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs and defensive back Julian Barnett, already have been selected for the game.
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.