Michigan State recruiting: Spartans welcome talented defensive recruits to campus

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There won’t be a weekend off for anyone within the Michigan State football program. Too much is at stake.

With little more than a week before the start of the early signing period on Dec. 20, Michigan has 19 commits expected to make their pledges official. But there’s a chance they could land another before then.

And so the Spartans welcome a couple big-time visitors over the weekend. The following uncommitted recruits are expected to be on campus over the next few days.

3-star LB/DE Jordan Allen

How about a big-time junior college recruit? Jordan Allen played this season for the City College of San Francisco and ranks 29th nationally among juco recruits. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound freshman played linebacker but projects as a defensive end. He recorded 27 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, in his lone season with the Rams.

Allen is a hot commodity on the transfer market, with offers from Michigan State, Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU and Utah among others. A commitment from him would likely complete Michigan State’s defensive line in the 2018 class, but it won’t be easy to get.

4-star LB/DE Tennessee Pututau

Tennessee Pututau took off for East Lansing on Friday, just as Allen did. The recently offered Salt Lake City East senior told Land of 10 he touched down in Detroit in the early afternoon. His rapidly moving recruitment has taken him from an offer to an official visit in 11 days.

The 6-1 1/2, 260-pound prospect ranks 23rd among outside linebackers in the 2018 class. Michigan State has its work cut out to pull him away from Utah. One of Pututau’s brothers, Hauati, plays for the Utes. Another, Fua, signed with them before leaving for a Mormon mission, as Hauati did previously.

Who else?

Michigan State will bring in much of its 2018 class for their official visits. Three-star Coffman High School (Dublin, Ohio) linebacker Jeslord Boateng, who plans to visit, estimated 16 of the 19 commits in the class will be on campus, even though 5 have already taken their official visits.

Four-star Cass Tech (Detroit) cornerback Kalon Gervin, who gave the Spartans their most recent commitment, arrived in East Lansing on Friday afternoon.

Some had reported that 4-star Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati) linebacker Christopher Oats, who remains uncommitted, would take his official visit over the weekend. He had initially planned to take his visit several weeks before but ultimately did not. And now 247Sports’ Sean Scherer reports he won’t visit this weekend, either.

Oats did not respond to requests for comment. After seeing multiple visit plans fall by the wayside, the chances of reeling in the talented 6-4 linebacker seem slim.

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