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Michigan State-Indiana visitors
On Tuesday, The Green Room covered which basketball prospects will attend Michigan State Madness on Friday night and which ones will stay for the entire weekend. Now it’s time to cover football recruiting.
Michigan State will host Indiana for its homecoming game on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). With 18 players already committed to its 2018 class, Michigan State doesn’t need to bring in loads of senior prospects. There’s likely three spots that remain to be filled.
So the Spartans will focus their attention on one talented official visitor in the Class of 2018 as well as a group of younger recruits. Here are a few of the names on Michigan State’s list of expected visitors.
3-star Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) DE Joseph Boletepeli
Michigan State plans to fill a remaining spot with a defensive lineman, and the Spartans seem prepared to battle for Joseph Boletepeli. Per Rivals’ Adam Friedman, the 6-foot-3 senior plans to take his official visit over the weekend.
Boletepeli ranks 58th among strongside defensive ends in his class. Michigan State will contend with in-state schools North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest, among others, for his commitment. The Spartans currently have three defensive linemen committed to their 2018 class: Parks Gissinger and twins Jacob and Zach Slade.
Per MaxPreps, Boletepeli has 38 tackles, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery and a sack on the season.
2019 New Caney (Texas) athlete Gerome Henry
Michigan State will welcome another out-of-state standout, this one coming on his own dime. Gerome Henry already holds offers from Kansas, Maryland and Marshall. At 5-foot-10, he typically plays running back and safety.
Michigan State currently has two players committed to its 2019 class in 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis and 4-star offensive tackle Spencer Brown.
2019 Reagan (San Antonio) outside linebacker Lucas Eatman
And yet another prospect plans to make the long trip north to see Michigan State. Lucas Eatman, a junior who stars primarily at outside linebacker but also plays wide receiver, shared his plans earlier in the week.
Eatman has reported one offer, which came from Syracuse in July.
2019 River Rouge (Mich.) defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro
The recruitment of three-star junior Ruke Orhorhoro has expanded in the last month, having landed offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo since Sept. 17. Now he plans to visit Michigan State on Saturday, per Scout’s Allen Trieu.
Orhorhoro stands 6-5 and ranks 17th among all junior prospects in Michigan. He’s the No. 51 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class.
Prep football games to watch
Maybe you’ll be at Michigan State Madness on Friday night. Maybe you’re willing to shell out $9.95 to watch it online. Maybe your mind is too focused on football to let basketball interrupt it. If that’s the case, we’ve got some games for you to keep your eye on involving Michigan State commits.
Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) at Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Time: 7 p.m. ET, Friday
Michigan State linebacker commit Edward Warinner and his 6-2 Olentangy Liberty team will take on undefeated Olentangy Orange, which fields 5-star 2019 defensive end/tight end Zach Harrison. Orange already snuck by Jacob and Zach Slade’s Olentangy team two weeks ago.
Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) at Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday
Michigan State cornerback commit Chris Jackson likely will face his toughest test of the season when he faces 4-star Georgia wide receiver commit Dominick Blaylock — if the two are matched up. Blaylock is the No. 2 receiver in the 2019 class and leads a Walton team that hasn’t lost this season.
Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child vs. Ann Arbor (Mich.) Gabriel Richard at Ford Field
Time: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday
How about this for a tune-up to the Michigan State game? You can go to Ford Field to check this one out, and right around the time it ends, the Spartans will kick off. A pair of one-loss teams will go at it, with Michigan State QB commit Theo Day leading Divine Child.
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