Walled Lake Western junior Cody White was offered by Michigan State two weeks ago. He committed to the Spartans on Wednesday night after visiting campus again.
White (6-3, 200 pounds) has been visiting East Lansing since his freshman season and has built a relationship with the staff there that, combined with his childhood love of the school, made a future in Green and White the right choice.
“Ever since I can remember meeting him, he came across to me that if he ever had a chance to go to Michigan State, that's where he was going to go,” Western head coach Michael Zdebski said. “He’s always been a fan, always loved the school, his grandparents went there, so there is background there, and they were his favorite growing up as a young kid.”
Zdebski admits he was surprised it even took two weeks for White to accept the Spartan offer. He visited Wisconsin, the first Big Ten school to offer him, last weekend, and did his diligence with other schools before making his decision, however.
“I didn't get to all of the schools that offered me, but I made it to several of them,” White said. “Michigan State was the best fit for me. I have been on their recruiting list since my freshman year and have taken several unofficial visits there. I am very familiar with what they have to offer and am comfortable with my decision.”
White caught 49 passes for 927 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also chipped in four interceptions on defense, but he is slated for offense at the college level.
His play on both sides of the ball was a big reason Western made a state semifinal appearance last season, and his return is a reason the team is optimistic about making another deep run this season.
“I think his potential is through the roof,” Zdebski says. “He's a kid that hasn't had to go to all these combines and testing and SPARQ training, so he might be looked at as an unknown commodity. But the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC schools, they all found him because he’s such a good athlete. You turn on the tape and he’s an incredible playmaker. He’s still growing into his body, so everything you see right now will be tenfold this fall with production, explosiveness and playmaking.”
Off the field, White is referred to as “impeccable,” and his versatility extends to off the field as well.
“He’s a three-sport athlete. He plays baseball and basketball, which you don’t hear about that as much with kids anymore, and he’s dynamite in everything that he does. He’s on student council, he’s a leader in the building besides athletics, but he’s also a captain on the baseball team right now and will be a captain on the football team this fall.”
White is the first commitment in the 2017 class for MSU.
Spartans offer Georgia DE
Atlanta Westminster defensive end Cortez Alston (6-4, 235 pounds) was offered by Michigan State this week. Alston is considering a summer visit to East Lansing and holds additional offers from Boston College, California, Kansas State, Kentucky, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Alston helped his team win a state title in the fall while playing both sides of the ball.
Virginia twin towers offered
Michigan State has had great success with brothers over the years, recently the Allen brothers on the offensive line and the Bullough brothers at linebacker.
In the 2017 class, the Spartans recently offered highly-recruited twins Breyon and Brandon Gaddy of Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic.
Breyon, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle, has additional offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Tennessee and many more.
Brandon, a 6-foot-5, 289-pound high school tight end, could project to offensive or defensive line. He has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss, NC State, Virginia and more.
The brothers recently visited Tennessee. They have not set a visit to Michigan State at this time, but have mentioned in the past that they would like to come north for visits in the summer.
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.