Michigan State recruits making decisions

After two new commitments came following a weekend with plenty of visitors, Michigan State will find out in the next couple days where two of its top remaining targets will play football.

Wide receiver Monty Madaris, a three-star from Cincinnati, visited MSU again this weekend and also attended a basketball game Monday night at Cincinnati — his other remaining school of interest.

Madaris will announce by Wednesday where he will attend next fall.

Scout.com’s national analysts, regional managers and regional analysts predicted where uncommitted members of the Scout300 — the top 300 players in the nation — will end up, including Madaris.

Both predictions had Madaris coming to East Lansing.

Three-star tight end from Pittsburgh J.P. Holtz tweeted Monday he will announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday on KDKA — a local Pittsburgh news station.

What does this mean? Well, since his finalists are Pitt and Michigan State and he is announcing his decision on a hometown news station … it seems unlikely he will put on a Spartans hat.

However, the same predictions from Scout.com were a split on where he will choose.

Mark Dantonio and his staff also will host more visitors this weekend, the final chance to woo recruits before signing day (Feb. 1).

The top player is four-star defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson — an Iowa commit. Johnson visited Iowa last weekend, but remains unsettled after the tumultuous offseason for the Hawkeyes, with both coaching changes and off-field issues.

A defensive tackle expected to visit MSU is three-star Terrell Jackson. Jackson, who officially decommitted from Duke last week, does not have an MSU offer and just received one from Iowa.

He said Monday to SpartanMag.com’s Matt Dorsey he should know if he is getting an offer from MSU in the next day or two. If the Spartans decide not to offer, he will almost certainly change his plans and visit Iowa City instead.

These two players — at the same position — just further the reality that the Spartans, Hawkeyes and also Wisconsin Badgers coaches seek the same type of players. Dantonio has long maintained those are the two programs the are filled with the players he wants at Michigan State — and has been getting.

Another defensive line prospect is Arkansas commit JaMichael Winston, a three-star, 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end. He also visited Clemson this past weekend, and supposedly was wowed by his time there.

With Clemson’s recent hiring of defensive coordinator Brent Venables from Oklahoma, this really is no surprise. MSU has, at best, an outside chance at landing this prospect.

Also on the visit list is running back Marcus Horne, who does not have an offer from MSU yet. With the early departure of Edwin Baker to the NFL, the staff might have decided to bring in a second running back to the class (the first being Nick Tompkins).

It now is expected the Spartans will take two more recruits for this class (18 total), but commitments from any highly rated recruits still considering MSU (i.e. Holtz, Johnson, Kyle Dodson, Demetrious Cox) would allow the class to be as big as 20.

Again, referring to the Scout.com predictions, Dodson is predicted to wind up at Ohio State, while Cox is a split vote between Ohio State and Michigan State.

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Posted on January 24, 2012, in Football, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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