Trieu: A lot to like at MSU for Cass Tech’s Reid
On the heels of putting Michigan State in his top five, Detroit Cass Tech junior offensive lineman Jordan Reid will return to East Lansing for the Spartans’ April 23 spring game. An All-Metro Detroit selection last fall by The Detroit News, Reid (6-5, 270 pounds) also has Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Pittsburgh in his top five.
The Spartans have built a good relationship with Cass Tech, signing players like Dennis Finley, Deon Drake and Demetric Vance in recent years. Reid refers to the Spartans as a “powerhouse” and has built a familiarity with them after taking several visits to campus over the last two years.
“I love Michigan State,” Reid said to Scout’s Jacquie Franciulli. “(Offensive line) Coach (Mark) Staten, (receivers) coach (Terrence) Samuel and (head) coach (Mark) Dantonio are real cool guys. I've been there for three football games. There is just something about the Spartans that I like. Of course, Demetric Vance is going there; I have a good relationship with him so I'm starting to get a feel for it.”
With 16 total offers, getting the field down to five was not an easy process, according to Reid. In the end, comfort, stability and the tempo of the practices he has seen at each of the five schools were common threads in the group that made the cut.
Reid has not thought about making the cut down to one school and giving a verbal commitment.
"I am going with the flow," he said. "I am talking with my parents and my coaches and trying to see what is going to be the best decision for me."
When a decision is made, Reid says academics, followed by people, will be the deciding factors.
Ohio tackle comfortable at MSU
Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway offensive tackle Joel Honigford is one of the Midwest’s top prospects at his position and is now up to 25 offers, including one from Michigan State.
Unlike Reid, Honigford has yet to narrow his list down, but the 6-foot-6, 272-pound junior has been logging miles around the country on visits in order to move toward a decision.
Michigan State was one of the schools he visited recently, along with Oklahoma and Auburn.
"Michigan State is a place I felt very comfortable and I got to speak with Jack Allen," he said. "He answered a lot of my questions, which was nice. The coaches and I have a good relationship and I really like it there a lot."
Honigford visits Ohio State this week and says LSU and Oregon are in his plans for the summer.
He added that distance from home would not be a factor in his decision.
Divine Child prospects on Spartan radar
Dearborn Divine Child has several college prospects on their roster and two of them, sophomore quarterbacks Theo Day and Quinn Blair, visited Michigan State this week.
Blair also plays basketball at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, and played both quarterback and wide receiver as a junior. He caught 53 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns and also passed for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
Day transferred from Detroit Catholic Central and his 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame and arm talent has already earned notice at offseason events.
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.