Spartan Pupdate is getting offered

Leon Halip

Three 2015 prospects visited East Lansing for the spring game and walked away with offers and more.

Cincinnati consistently produces top Division 1 players -- specifically the Greater Catholic League -- and the cream of the crop in 2015 might be Colerain OT/DE George Brown Jr..

Brown Jr. made his way to East Lansing for the spring game for the spring game Saturday and left with an offer.

"The visit was great. I must say hanging out with the coaches and getting to know them was the highlight," Brown Jr. said. "I already knew Coach (Harlon) Barnett pretty well because not only has he been to my school twice already and is coming on Monday, but he played high school football with my dad at Princeton (High School)."

Coach Mark Dantonio also has a good rapport with the Brown family.

"Coach Dantonio recruited my older brother, Aaron Brown, that went to Virginia Tech," Brown Jr. said, "but my dad has known him for a while, too. So, I would say that I have a good relationship with the coaches."

The 6-foot-6, 253-pound recruit projects on either side of the line in college, something MSU told him was the case for him at MSU.

This visit was Brown Jr.'s second to East Lansing, the first came for the Notre Dame game in the fall.

"I would say (the Spartans) are pretty high on my list and I will return for camp (this summer)," Brown Jr. said.

Brown Jr. now has 21 offers, with Missouri and UCLA also offering him Saturday.

-- Cincinnati Moeller is a school Michigan State fans have become very familiar with in recent years. In the class of 2015, a big player for the Crusaders is defensive tackle Elijah Taylor, who visited MSU for the spring game.

"It was good, I really enjoyed it," Taylor said. "I like the football facilities a lot and really liked the coaches and I really enjoyed just being in the stadium."

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman left with more than just a good perception of MSU, he also left with an offer from Coach Dantonio.

"It felt good, I was really excited," Taylor said. "It is my first big offer, so I was nervous. He just talked about how the coaches have been together awhile, so it's like a family and he told me about the academics and how they play football up there."

Taylor said one of the highlights of the game was seeing former Moeller players out on the field at Spartan Stadium. He also said the success of former Crusaders in East Lansing is a positive MSU has to offer.

"That's really big," Taylor said. "I am happy for them (having success). It's nice they are there, it means I wouldn't be the only one and I would have someone to go to and talk to."

As for what the former Moeller players tell him, he said they have nothing but good things to say -- and a little good-natured fun, too.

"(They tell me) it's a really good school and the campus is fantastic and they all really love the coaches," he said. "They just pressure me about committing to the school, they like to tease me."

While it still is early in Taylor's recruitment and he said it's hard to know how things will go, he did say that MSU has a pretty good shot of being a team that factors into his decision.

He might make another visit in the summer and said the coaches plan on coming down to see him this week during the spring evaluation period.

He also has visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State.

-- The Spartans are getting more offers out for the class of 2015 and one of the hottest prospects thus far visited Michigan State for the spring game.

St. Christopher School (Richmond, Va.) defensive end Ricky DeBerry has been seeing offers come in from coast-to-coast already, and added an offer from MSU on his visit.

"(The visit) was great," DeBerry said. "I met all the coaches and met other recruits that are committed and I got a chance to meet Will Gholston."

The offer from Michigan State was No. 22 for DeBerry, something that carries significance to him.

"Coach Dantonio offered me," DeBerry said. "It was my 22nd offer and my favorite number is 22 and he told me his high school number was 22.

"He just told me how great MSU was and he liked my speed off the edge."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect also saw good things about MSU on and on the field.

"I love the campus and the people that go there," he said. "From a defensive standpoint, I loved how they attack -- they don't wait -- and the defensive line were always in the backfield disrupting plays."

Ron Burton is the primary recruiter for DeBerry, and he said that he talks with the MSU coach every other day. DeBerry said he definitely wants to get back to Michigan State to see a game in Spartan Stadium.

-- The Spartans have only offered a handful of players from Michigan for 2014, but are closely evaluating a few more. Among those is De La Salle Collegiate linebacker Jared Wangler, who visited Michigan State last week to take in a practice.

"The visit went really well," Wangler said. "Talking to Coach Dantonio and Tressel was great. Coach Dantonio told me they were very impressed by my film and they like how versatile I am with how I can play in the box and also cover slot receivers.

"He doesn't know if I would be an outside linebacker or safety yet."

Dantonio also told Wangler that one of the coaches would come by his school this week to watch him workout.

Wangler holds offers from Penn State and a handful of MAC schools, but is hearing from Nebraska, Indiana and Northwestern.

Coach Brad Salem is Wangler's primary recruiter and the visit was his second to MSU, with the first coming for the Michigan vs. Michigan State basketball game in February.

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