Spartan Pupdate is on a roll

Dave Reginek

With two commitments in less than a week, the Spartans have gained momentum in the 2014 class.

Last Thursday, Michigan State picked up a key piece of its 2014 recruiting class with quarterback Chris Durkin.

On Monday, a player who will protect quarterbacks at MSU committed, too.

St. Charles (Ill.) North offensive tackle Chase Gianacakos became the fourth member of the class, which figures to include four or five offensive linemen before all is said and done.

The Spartans will look to keep the momentum going with plenty of visitors in the coming weeks of spring practice.

-- Michigan State has made a living with good linebackers in recent years. With two already in the fold for 2014, the staff can afford to be selective with one or two more.

One that recently received an offer is Indianapolis Lawrence Central outside linebacker Brandon Lee, who got the offer after visiting MSU on Monday.

"(Monday) was a good visit," Lee told me. "I liked what I saw. The thing I liked most is all the coaches and people there talked to me and my family more about life than just football and how I would contribute to the team.

"That part impressed me most because life is what truly matters and what I'm going to college for, to prepare me for the real world."

It was Lee's first time in East Lansing, so the visit provided him the chance to take in what the campus and facilities offer.

"Everything was laid back and just my type of a campus," he said. "Although the weather wasn't great, I'm a Midwestern guy, so I could see through that. I like the stadium as well."

When it comes to on the field, the MSU defense, specifically the linebacker corps, stands out to Lee.

"(I like) the aggressiveness they let their 'backers play with," he said, "and they're ranked high nationally in many categories of defense each year."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect could project to either outside linebacker spot at MSU. Lee said he will be making another visit to East Lansing, but he isn't sure when. He is planning on making a decision after his senior year.

-- A pair of top offensive lineman will make their way to East Lansing later this week. Hinsdale Central center Brian Allen will drive up to MSU on Thursday and will be joined there by Chicago De La Salle offensive tackle Jamarco Jones on Friday, who is visiting MSU among other schools this week.

The pair will be at MSU for Friday's scrimmage and spend the night there, while Allen said he thinks he will stay Saturday night, too. They will stay with Allen's brother and current MSU offensive lineman, Jack.

Both Allen and Jones work out with the latest MSU commit Gianacakos at Core6 Athletes.

-- West Deptford (N.J.) running back Gerald Owens is on campus for a multiple-day visit. The 6-2, 237-pound back certainly will draw Le'Veon Bell comparisons no matter where he goes, but especially if his destination is Michigan State -- which also would be why Pat Narduzzi got in touch with Bell to come talk with Owens.

-- Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor is making his first visit to East Lansing on Thursday and told me he "can't wait."

The 6-5, 265-pound lineman holds offers from Kentucky, Ball State and Western Michigan.

-- Everyone knows the Spartans covet Galion (Ohio) wide receiver Dareian Watkins, but a 2015 teammate of Watkins also is on the MSU radar.

Athlete LaCario Davison has visited MSU with Watkins previously, and when he comes to MSU on April 19-20, Davison will be coming along. He also is looking into camping at MSU this summer.

-- Lapeer East athlete Kyle Rachwal will be visiting East Lansing to take in a spring practice Friday. According to Rachwal, the Spartans are looking at him as tight end, fullback or linebacker.

He recently received an Eastern Michigan offer.

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