Trieu: Top 2019 MSU targets visiting for Michigan game

By Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Darius Robinson (5)

Michigan State will host rival Michigan on Saturday, and as is usually the case for this game, a full roster of recruits is expected to be on hand.

In the senior class, Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison tight end Justin Stephens, Canton defensive lineman Darius Robinson and Toledo Whitmer defensive lineman Cavon Butler will all be on campus. They are three prospects the Spartans are looking at to fill some of the remaining spots in the 2019 class.

Stephens (6-7, 235 pounds) is an athletic target with a big frame. At present, Michigan State does not have a tight end committed in the class, and he is one of the top targets on the board, regardless of position.

Robinson will visit the Spartans, then Syracuse next weekend before looking to make a decision in mid-November. That could also depend on how long Canton plays into the playoffs. He has also visited Rutgers and Colorado, but the Orange and Spartans are considered the top two contenders.

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Butler is a Kentucky commit who does not have a Michigan State offer yet, but could receive one shortly. Ohio State recently offered and the Buckeyes are looking to flip him from the Wildcats.

For the second straight home game, Strongsville (Ohio) offensive lineman J.D. Duplain will be in East Lansing. That is a good sign for the Spartans as Ohio State recently offered him, as well, and were attempting to get him to change his commitment. At this time, Duplain has not set any visits to Ohio State and has stated that he remains committed to Michigan State.

He is expected to be joined by many, if not all, of the Spartans’ class of 2019 verbal commitments.

There will be many notable underclassmen attending the game, as well.

Juniors from inside the state who will visit already with Spartan offers include Port Huron Northern defensive end Braiden McGregor, East Kentwood offensive lineman Dallas Fincher, Bay City Central wide receiver Devell Washington, and Gibraltar Carlson wide receiver Ian Stewart. All four of those players also hold offers from Michigan.

From out of state comes two juniors with Michigan State ties – Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad III, the son of former Spartan wide receiver Mushin Muhammad II, and Carrolton (Texas) Hebron safety Darius Snow, the son of former Spartan basketball player Eric Snow and nephew of former Spartan linebacker Percy Snow.

In the sophomore class, Clarkston offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger will be on campus and he holds an early offer from Michigan State.

Other visitors to know about include Romeo senior linebacker Brock Horne, long rumored to be in high consideration for an MSU offer, and Flint Carman-Ainsworth junior quarterback Dustin Fletcher, the younger brother of Spartan commit Michael Fletcher.

New offer in Texas

On Thursday, the Spartans offered Dickinson (Texas) senior tight end Jalen Wydermyer. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Wydermyer is also considering Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Miami, Georgia, and Alabama, among others.

The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 18 tight end in the country.

More information

Justin Stephens profile 

Darius Robinson profile 

Jalen Wydermyer profile 

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