Trieu: WR Hamler, QB Doyle among visitors for huge MSU game

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
K.J. Hamler

East Lansing is the site of one of the biggest college football games of the weekend when No. 11 Wisconsin comes to town to face No. 8 Michigan State. The list of recruits expected to be on hand is growing quickly and many notable names are already confirmed.

There is currently one official visitor scheduled, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy wide receiver K.J. Hamler, who transferred down from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Hamler injured his ACL and will miss his senior season of football, but is still taking visits. He officially visited Penn State last weekend, and will visit Oregon, Arizona and possibly Iowa State later in the fall.

Michigan State was the first school to offer him a scholarship in the summer before his sophomore season.

One of the Spartans’ top targets at quarterback in the 2018 class, Malvern (Pa.) Prep’s Kevin Doyle, will be in attendance. He has scholarship offer from Michigan State and was at their June elite camp. Doyle (6-4, 197 pounds) has additional offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Pitt, Wes Virginia, Indiana, Syracuse and more. An in-state junior quarterback, Rockford’s Jason Whittaker, will also be at the game. He does not have an offer from the Spartans yet, but was one of the top performers at that same elite camp this summer.

While he is only a sophomore, Belleville offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs (6-5, 270 pounds) is well established as one of the top recruits in the Midwest and even the entire country. Michigan State offered him after a strong performance at their OL-DL camp in June and he will make his second appearance for a game this Saturday after visiting for the home opener against Furman. Dobbs also has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan and many others.

Joining him will be classmate Julian Barnett (6-2, 176 pounds), a similarly regarded wide receiver who has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Iowa State, Missouri and more.

Trieu: Four-star recruits are major visitors for Michigan game

Springfield (Ohio) tight end Leonard Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior who was once committed to Michigan, is scheduled to visit. He does not currently hold an offer from Michigan State.

Recent cornerback commit Xavier Henderson, from Pickerington (Ohio) Central, will make the trip and will bring along several teammates, including junior tight end Trenton Gillison, who has an offer from the Spartans.

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne junior defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, a 6-foot-4, 237-pound prospect with offers from Kentucky, Iowa, Penn State, Purdue and others, is expected to attend.

The game will also have many other in-state underclassmen attending. Among the notables are Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior linebacker Kyren Cunningham and Walled Lake Northern’s 6-foot-6, 265-pound sophomore lineman Spencer Brown.

Florida DE to take official to MSU

The Spartans already have two defensive ends from Florida committed in their 2017 class, Lashawn Paulino-Bell and Donovan Winter. Now Scout’s Corey Bender reports they may add another as Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Jordan Wright says he will take an official visit to Michigan State.

An athletic 6-foot-6, 230-pound edge rusher, Wright will be in East Lansing on Oct. 8, the day the Spartans host BYU.

“They play hard and have a good coaching staff,” Wright said of MSU.

He will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend and has Florida State planned for next weekend. He is also considering Alabama, Miami, Syracuse and others.

More information

K.J. Hamler profile

Kevin Doyle profile 

Jordan Wright profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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