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Michigan State would like to see Top247 DT and Wisconsin commit Craig Evans in town this weekend.
Michigan State Set For Major Recruiting Weekend
East Lansing looks like the hot spot on the recruiting trail in the Big Ten this weekend.
For its game against in-state rival Michigan, Michigan State will host several prospects they’d like to see end up as Spartans in both the 2014 and 2015 classes and beyond.
Slated to take official visits are Top100 receiver and U.S. Army All-American Jamil Kamara, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic safety T.J. Harrell, Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame running back Chris James and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cypress Bay receiver Kadeem Goulbourne.
Michigan State may also have a few prospects committed elsewhere on campus. Iowa State receiver commit Jauan Wesley is expected. A pair of four-stars in Wisconsin Top247 defensive tackle pledge Craig Evans and Vanderbilt safety commit Kyle Gibson could be in town.
Taking an unofficial is Top247 athlete Montae Nicholson. This will be the Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway standout’s second game at Michigan State this fall as he took his official back in September. The Spartans are recruiting Nicholson as a two-way player and will try and make a move on Pittsburgh this weekend. Florida State and Oregon are also in the mix.
Also expected to take an unofficial is Southfield (Mich.) High Top50 defensive lineman and U.S. Army All-American Malik McDowell. Like Nicholson, this will be McDowell’s second game in East Lansing this season. The Spartans continue to try and push Michigan for McDowell’s signature.
Vero Beach (Fla.) High receiver Will Dawkins is another that Michigan State is trying to setup an official visit with for the weekend, and the Spartans currently sit in strong position for the Sunshine State standout.
Ohio State remains the heavy favorite to land the nation's top ILB Raekwon McMillan.
Several members of Michigan State’s current 16-player recruiting class will also be in East Lansing. Head coach Mark Dantonio’s class currently ranks No. 33 nationally, good for No. 5 in the Big Ten.
No question the list of visitors for Saturday’s game will grow as the week continues. To stay current on the latest developments regarding Michigan State, check out 247Sports affiliate Spartan Tailgate.
Buckeyes Did It Big
Ohio State hosted the premier recruiting weekend in the Big Ten this past weekend, as five-stars, All-Americans and future blue-chippers flocked to Columbus.
Two to three prospects that visited could ultimately sign with the Buckeyes in 2014.
Five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas made it up to check out a game atmosphere and it’s likely he takes an official visit back to Ohio State following the season. The Buckeyes are pushing Stanford here with Texas, Alabama and Notre Dame looking like the other players at the table.
Four-star JUCO offensive lineman Avery Gennesy put Ohio State in his top two following the visit.
For more on Ohio State’s big recruiting weekend, click here.
Ohio State currently has the nation’s No. 3 ranked recruiting class, tops in the Big Ten.
Moving On Up
Recent commits have Wisconsin and Penn State continuing to move up in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings.
The Badgers scored two pledges in the last week, flipping in-state offensive tackle Beau Benzschawel from Syracuse and landing defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson, moving up three spots to No. 25 nationally, good for No. 3 in the Big Ten.
On Wisconsin’s heals is Penn State. The Nittany Lions also turned one from Syracuse in linebacker recruit Jason Cabinda, moving up four spots to No. 29 nationally.
With the touted prospects both programs remain in on, the Big Ten could have four schools finish in the Top25 national recruiting rankings come February.
Around The League
-As Wolverine247 insider Steve Lorenz pointed out on Monday, there was no movement on the Crystal Ball for five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand following his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. Michigan remains the leader at 84 percent to Alabama’s 14 percent. Florida continues to have a Crystal Ball pulse (three percent) with the nation’s top strong-side defensive end, and the Gators get him on campus next weekend. Michigan is currently sitting on the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class, No. 2 in the Big Ten, with Hand and Top50 defensive lineman Malik McDowell trending strong for Ann Arbor. Brady Hoke and his staff have just about wrapped up their recruiting efforts in 2014 with 16 commits, nine of which hold a four-star ranking or better.
-As Purdue tries to hang on to one of its top commits in in-state linebacker/safety prospect Drue Tranquill, the Fort Wayne Carroll standout will head back to West Lafayette this weekend for the Ohio State game to give the Boilers perhaps a final look before he makes a final decision between sticking with the Boilermakers or flipping to Notre Dame. Tranquill is torn between the two schools and his 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reflects that, with Purdue edging the Irish at 55 percent to 45 percent as of Tuesday morning.