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Trieu: MSU eyes son of ex-Lion Robert Porcher

By Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Victor Dimukeje photo

The dead period may have started this week, but colleges can still communicate with recruits — just not in person — and after using the contact period to get on the road, Michigan State’s staff has extended several new scholarship offers in recent days.

Defensive end continues to be an important position for the closing stretch to the Feb. 1 signing day and Spartans coach Mark Dantonio confirmed during his Thursday press conference that defensive line is one spot his staff is continuing monitor for recruits.

This week, the Spartans offered three-star DE Victor Dimukeje (The Boys’ Latin School, Baltimore), a 6-foot-2, 254-pound prospect they have evaluated going back to last summer. Then there is three-star DE Robert Porcher IV (Dr. Phillips High, Orlando), who is a recent Nebraska decommit.

Porcher — who is the son of former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher — says he may take an official visit to Michigan State next month.

Dimukeje may also take an official visit.

“Me and [defensive line] coach [Ron] Burton are talking about it,” Dimukeje told Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter. “I took one to Virginia Tech last weekend and I am taking one to Duke on January 20.  We are still talking about it and I think I may take one.”

Dimukeje recently said he was down to Virginia Tech, Duke, Maryland and Rutgers, but the Spartan offer now puts them in contention as well.

Scout’s east regional manager Brian Dohn saw Dimukeje play last month against rival St. Paul’s, a game in which he recorded four sacks and made numerous other plays. Performances like that one helped him earn new offers like the one from MSU.

“He was the most talented player on the field, and it showed,” Dohn said. “Even on pass plays when he did not get to the quarterback, he forced quick throws. His versatility allows Boys' Latin to use him to spy the quarterback, or have him stand up like an outside linebacker and drop into coverage to handle the flat.”

Kofi Wardlow (Washington D.C., St. John's College High) is another three-star edge prospect the Spartans are viewing. He took an official visit to East Lansing on the weekend of Dec. 2 and is also considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, Pitt and Boston College.

Wardlow says he will take his remaining official visits to Pitt, Virginia Tech and Boston College and then announce a decision closer to Feb. 1 signing day.

The Spartans have three defensive linemen committed — Lashawn Paulino-Bell (6-4, 225; St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Donovan Winter (6-5, 235; Bishop Moore Catholic in Orlando) and Jacub Panasiuk (6-4, 250; Lake Park High of Roselle Illinois). They are three-star prospects.

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Spartans offer Hokies commit

Running back is another position the Spartans are eyeing for another member of their 2017 class. One recent offer was to  three-star prospect Jalen Holston (Stockbridge High, Georgia), who is committed to Virginia Tech. Holston committed to the Hokies earlier in the month. Holston rushed for 1,296 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

Michigan State’s staff stopped into Stockbridge last month.

To date, he has not set up a visit with the Spartans yet.

Fast-rising cornerback gets Spartan offer

Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala cornerback Emmanuel Flowers has seen his recruitment pick up quickly in recent weeks. He entered the month of December with only offers from Hawaii and Idaho but has now added UCLA, Michigan State and San Diego State.

A long, 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect, Flowers plans to use the remaining time before Signing Day to see schools further away from home, and that could include Michigan State.

“I kind of want to use the official visits on schools outside the region,” he said, "but I'll figure that out later. Right now I'm just excited to play the process out and see who else jumps in. Then I'll evaluate all my options and make my decision from there."

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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.