Spartan Pupdate is loving Le'Veon Bell

St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Madre London - SB Nation

As the Spartans hit the recruiting trail, a former MSU running back is a great draw to East Lansing.

Current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell made a name for himself at Michigan State -- something the staff is aware of when it comes to recruiting.

When the Spartans extended an offer to St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Madre London, they let him know just what they see in him.

"I already had offer from the coaching staff," London told me, "but they wanted the head coach to offer so they had me call him and he offered.

"I was excited because it's a Big Ten school and a good school ... the head coach was saying I could be the next Le'Veon Bell and that meant a lot to me. And the coaching staff is unbelievable."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect has spent time getting to know Coach Mark Staten, who was at St. Thomas Aquinas during the spring and again for the spring game.

London said he is looking for a school that will run the ball a lot, but also a good academic fit in his desired program -- business management.

"The fan base is crazy and it's in the Big Ten, so it's great academics," he said. "I saw a lot of games, especially last year. They had a lot of close games that they could have won. But they like the to run inside the tackles and outside the tackles. They do it all."

London said the athletic director at St. Thomas Aquinas, George Smith, has a daughter in the athletic department at MSU and one of his teacher is an alum, so he hears good things from both about Michigan State.

London, who described himself as a running back who is a good fit for the Big Ten, wants to take his time with his recruitment, but said MSU is a top school for him.

"They are going to be in the mix," he said. "They already are one of my top schools and I told the coaches that I want them to be one of my official visits."

London intends on taking all five official visits before making a decision. Along with making one to East Lansing, he is looking at making others from the group of Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida State, Rutgers and Boston College.

-- Michigan State has offered five 2014 recruits from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson, and the latest offer was extended to offensive tackle Jordan Harris.

He was offered by Coach Dave Warner, who visited him during the spring and then called him later in the spring to offer.

"Michigan State has always been one of the best in the Big Ten to me," Harris said. "They had a good running back last year in Le'Veon Bell and a good offensive line scheme. I saw the game against Boise State last year on TV and Bell had more than 200 yards.

Harris also mentioned that he likes that MSU has good academics, and that -- combined with the offensive line scheme at MSU -- might be a good fit for him.

"The scheme is pretty much like what we run at Stephenson High," Harris said. "One of my coaches showed me film of them and they way the move and pull is like us."

The Spartans also have offered the starting left tackle at Stephenson, Tyler Jones. Harris said he Jones have though about possibly playing in college together.

"We've talked about it," Harris said. "Some schools want the both of us and we are really close friends, so we are thinking about."

Harris, who almost committed to Florida State last week at his team's spring game, said the Seminoles remain the leader for his services.

"Florida State has been my top for a while, but MSU offered and that bumped them up," Harris said. "Also ECU offered and Syracuse, and they play well in the Big East. So, Florida State has been No. 1 for a long time, but that can change."

Harris said he postponed a decision after sitting down with his family and now plans on deciding after his senior season and his official visit -- one of which he is thinking of taking to MSU.

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Defensive tackle Tyler Powell, Midlothian, Va. (Cosby)

Defensive end Gerald Willis, New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)

Defensive end Darius Slade, Montclair, N.J. (Montclair)

Defensive tackle Ricky Walker, Hampton, Va. (Bethel)

Safety Matt Morrissey, Lincolnshire, Ill. (Adlai E Stevenson)

Cornerback Lamont Simmons, Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines)

Offensive lineman Danny Burns, Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield)

Offensive lineman Jordan Harris, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Wide receiver Tyler Whiley, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Chaparral)

Wide receiver Artavis Scott, Tarpon Springs, Fla. (East Lake)

Tight end Montez Sweat, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Running back Madre London, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Athlete Thomas Wilson, Buford, Ga. (Buford)

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