Football season is fast approaching and with Big Ten Media Days done, there is a calm before the storm for Michigan State football coaches, that storm being the start of fall practice.
The Spartans are taking a day on Thursday to host a smaller group of recruits to give them a good opportunity for face time with the staff before practice starts for both MSU and the high school players.
Toledo Central Catholic’s James Hudson is one of the top names visiting. A one-time Kentucky commit, Hudson (6-5, 280 pounds) is viewed by many as a defensive tackle recruit, but can also play offensive line and defensive end.
"Michigan State is a great school, but I want to see some things I haven't seen before,” Hudson says. “I want to sit and talk with Coach (Mark) Dantonio again. I just want to see if they are the best fit for me."
Hudson is slated to visit Michigan on Aug. 6 and plans to make his commitment in the near future, with many believing that decision will come down to the Wolverines and Spartans.
He is part of an Ohio-heavy contingent of visitors for Thursday.
Copley running back Weston Bridges is the lone commit who will be on campus. He will be joined by another Ohio skill player, four-star Cleveland Heights wide receiver Jaylen Harris.
Harris is a big (6-5, 205 pounds) outside receiver who has been to Michigan State in the past. He plans to take all five officials before making a decision. Tennessee, Kentucky and Penn State are among the other programs the Spartans are battling for him.
Fairfield cornerback Josiah Scott makes his decision this Sunday and Michigan State appears to be getting the final visit before he does so. Iowa, Pittsburgh and West Virginia make up the rest of his final group, but the widespread opinion is that he will choose MSU.
One in-state prospect who will be on campus is Oak Park’s Justin Rogers. Rogers is only going into his freshman season but already stands 6-3, 265 pounds, and was offered a scholarship by Kentucky in the spring.
Judson Tallandier, a 6-2, 180-pound class of 2018 defensive back from Dematha Catholic in Maryland, will visit as well. He currently holds an offer from Syracuse.
Four-star athlete visiting next week
Youngstown (Ohio) Warren Harding athlete Lynn Bowden was a possible Thursday visitor, but will now be on campus next Wednesday with his mother.
Bowden does not have a Michigan State offer yet, but the versatile four-star recruit has not been to campus in the past. Indiana, where he was once committed, Penn State, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Cincinnati have all offered. A high school quarterback, Bowden’s size (6-1, 190 pounds), elusiveness and overall athleticism have most projecting him as a college slot.
Spartans make the cut for Maryland OL
Another Dematha standout, class of 2017 offensive lineman Marcus Minor, announced a top seven of Michigan State, Auburn, Florida, Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Miami.
Minor was offered by the Spartans in April and has been to campus since then.
"I was able to visit and I enjoyed bonding and seeing the team compete," Minor said. "And I saw the campus, which is beautiful."
He told Scout’s Brian Dohn that he plans to take his official visits, but has not scheduled any yet.
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.