Trieu: Bevy of in-state stars at MSU this week
Michigan State returns home to East Lansing this weekend to face BYU and the Spartans will host many talented unofficial visitors for the game.
Many of the visitors are from inside the state or the Midwest, but one visitor of significance from down south is Madison (Ga.) Morgan County junior linebacker Quin Williams (6-2, 204 pounds), a four-star prospect with offers from Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Michigan. Michigan State has not offered yet.
Michigan State has offered Dearborn Divine Child junior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who, despite his father Chris playing for Michigan, has been open and receptive to the Spartans and visited in the summer. His teammate, quarterback Theo Day, also will visit, and he is one of the junior quarterbacks the Spartans are evaluating closely after seeing him at camp in the summer. Another in that boat is Rockford’s Jason Whittaker, who will also visit this weekend.
Other in-state juniors attending include University of Detroit Jesuit running back Elijah Collins (6-0, 190 pounds), who received his first two offers from Central Michigan and Iowa State last Friday, and West Bloomfield wide receiver Taj Mustapha, who is having a good season for the Lakers and helping to offset the loss of Spartan freshman Trishton Jackson. East Lansing’s Blake Underwood is very familiar with Michigan State, as his family are season-ticket holders. Underwood, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety, already has an offer from Bowling Green.
From Indiana comes Decatur Central’s Tyrone Tracy, a versatile running back and slot who has eight total touchdowns (five receiving, three rushing) this season. Tracy (6-0, 185 pounds) has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Central Michigan currently.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior defensive tackle David Green (6-2, 250 pounds) holds offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, West Virginia and Toledo.
A few weeks back, Toledo Whitmer and Detroit Catholic Central squared off in a border battle of two of their respective states’ top teams. That game also featured two of the best young quarterback prospects in the Midwest. CC’s Austin Brown is a tough, mobile prospect with offers from Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. Whitmer’s Riley Keller is only a freshman, but has shown the athleticism and arm talent to already have offers from Toledo and Ole Miss.
Brown’s teammate Matthew Young, a junior fullback and linebacker, is having a great season for Catholic Central. He will visit and has been pegged as one of their next college prospects.
Cumber sets official visit
Denver Mullen defensive back Christian Cumber has set a date of Nov. 18 to visit Michigan State. The Spartans will be hosting Ohio State on that day.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Cumber reported to Scout’s Blair Angulo that the Spartans are recruiting him “at a mixture between corner and safety.”
The other official visit he has set is to Wisconsin on the weekend of Oct. 28.
Cumber was offered by Michigan State in July after camping in East Lansing.
He does not have any favorites named and says he remains open in the process, but it is believed the Badgers and Spartans are two of the top teams to beat.
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.