With one week left before national signing day, Michigan State is focused on a few select players to finish out the class of 2014. More so than any team in the Big Ten, the Spartans have the potential to vault up the rankings and end up the top-rated class in the Mark Dantonio era. Here are the prospects seriously still considering MSU. Southfield DL Malik McDowell: The 6-foot-6, 292-pound McDowell is the No. 1 recruit in Michigan and is a Rivals.com five-star prospect. McDowell officially visited the Spartans last week and has announced his final four of MSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State. An official visit to Ohio State is planned for this weekend. He has also visited Florida State and Alabama. Tampa (Fla.) Catholic’s TJ Harrell: The 6-1, 210-pound Harrell is a player that the staff has at the top of the board since the beginning of the recruiting process. This four-star recruit could play strong safety, linebacker or even running back in college. He is expected to select between MSU, Georgia and Louisville. Harrell officially visited East Lansing the weekend the football team defeated U-M. Sun Prairie (Wis.) DT Craig Evans: The 6-2, 313-pound Evans is committed to Wisconsin, but he made a surprise visit to East Lansing last weekend. Evans took an official visit to MSU back in December. Evans is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 1 player in Wisconsin for 2014. The Spartans top-ranked defense and player development is a strong selling point. Cincinnati Winton Woods DT Daniel Cage: The 6-foot-3, 275-pound, three-star prospect took an official visit to MSU last weekend and came away impressed with everything he saw. Cage is visiting Notre Dame this week and then will travel to Missouri for a visit over the weekend. Cage also visited Louisville and has been compared to former MSU defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. Chicago De La Salle OT Jamarco Jones: The 6-5, 295-pound Jones is committed to Ohio State, but plans on officially visiting MSU this weekend. Jones, a Rivals.com top 100 recruit, selected the Buckeyes over the Spartans earlier this summer. Jones has a strong relationship with several MSU coaches and other class of 2014 commitments from the Chicago area.
Michigan State football has chance to drastically improve class as signing day nears
Detroit Free Press | Jan 30