With the class of 2013 standing at 17 commits, MSU has a pair of official visitors coming this weekend.
California athlete Drake Martinez, the younger brother of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, has an offer from the Spartans and is interested -- despite his family affiliations.
Martinez likely projects to play defense at the next level, but is in the Delton Williams mold, where he could contribute on offense, too.
The second visitor is a junior college defensive tackle from Canada. Yes, a JUCO DT from Canada.
James Bodanis, 6-6 and 303 pounds, will make his way down to East Lansing this weekend. He doesn't have an offer at this point.
Allen shows big-time potential (247) - A name to be very familiar with, if you aren't already, is Brian Allen. The center prospect is the younger brother of current MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen and is pretty high on MSU, and even higher on talent.
Spartans taking a serious look at Detroit OL (Rivals) - Detroit Loyola has Malik McDowell, an elite 2014 prospect, but Ka'John Armstrong is drawing D-1 attention, too. With the Spartans need for offensive lineman in the 2014 class, Armstrong could be a great fit with his 6-foot-5, 275-pound frame.
Q & A
What more can you tell us about Noah Jones? He seems like a classic underrated Dantonio guy but he is REALLY (underrated)? - @Collin_Stauder
Well, the Welcome Aboard post features many of my opinions on Jones. He certainly is underrated. SpartanMag reported that it was a very Keshawn Martin-esque situation, where he didn't draw the attention, but when a staff got the highlight tapes, they offered. MSU was one of those schools.
His high school staff also was in its first year at Dillard High School, and the head coach even said they didn't do some of the things they should have for their kids to get recruited. So, Jones was a steal late in the process, that much is sure.
What happened with Clifton Garrett? He was high on MSU and now doesn't even mention them? - @milosevski31
Garrett was high on MSU, you are right -- there even was a point where they were the leader. You also are right when you say he doesn't mention the Spartans anymore. Garrett is one of the top linebackers in the nation, and the offers have started coming from everywhere. Ohio State is -- and has been -- the team to beat for a while. He also works with Core6 Athletes, a top training group in Illinois that just produced Laquon Treadwell to Ole Miss. Garrett is certainly interested in some of those southern schools, including Ole Miss.
MSU still is working on Garrett, but it doesn't look like he will end up in East Lansing.
New Offers (1/18/13-1/24/13)
Athlete Drake Martinez, Laguna Beach, CA (Laguna Beach)
Offensive guard Marcelys Jones, Cleveland (Glenville) -- Ohio State commit
Defensive tackle Daniel Cage, Cincinnati (Winton Woods)
Wide receiver Keenan Brown, Houston, TX (Alief Taylor)