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Football 'Crootin Roundup actually wants to stay close to home

Looking at the past week in MSU football recruiting.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A week ago, I didn't think four-star Detroit OL David Dawson's interest MSU was legit. But after having a top four filled with three SEC teams a few weeks ago, Dawson's new top three is MSU, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which has come on in the last week. The reason is because he says he wants to stay close to home. The above tweet was followed MSU's overtime win at Wisconsin. Some MSU commits have continued to recruit Dawson, including Damion Terry on Twitter and Cass Tech teammate Deon Drake, a 2014 MSU commit.

Drake says in this Rivals video that he keeps telling Dawson to join him and fellow Cass Tech teammate and 2013 commit Dennis Finley in East Lansing. Dawson says MSU's depth chart is appealing to him (i.e. early playing time). Scout's Dave Berk says Ohio State is the team to beat for the former Michigan commit, but 247's Gerry Hamilton thinks the scale could be in MSU's favor.

Nebraska visit list (Scout) - A good number of prospects and commits will be in East Lansing. Cass Tech has a playoff game at 1 p.m., so it sounds like Dawson won't be there. MSU is on a bye next week and then he hopes to go to Wisconsin/Ohio State in Madison and Ohio State/Michigan in Columbus, so I'm curious to see if he'll get to an MSU game or not. (Given the expected turnout, that might be a good thing).

Damion Terry rewrites record book (Freep) - SpartanMag's Matt Dorsey talks about Terry's monster season season and how he should move up the rankings. Also, MSU is looking at a few kickers, as we know, but they may have to be a preferred walk-on and get a scholarship when Kevin Muma graduates.

Spartans hope to survive munger cut (247) - Four-star Ohio defensive tackle Donovan Munger has been taking the process slow. With his season over, he is now starting to focus on his recruitment. MSU has been high on his list, and he also has offers from Ohio State, USC, Georgia, Penn State and others.

Florida commit to visit? (247) - Three-star Georgia defensive end Antonio Riles committed to Florida back in July, but still wants to see some other programs, including MSU. He has been talking to Spartan coaches once or twice a week and is trying to visit for this weekend's game. He wasn't sure if he'd be able to at the time it was written yesterday.

"Never seen any other type of football other than southern football and atmosphere down here," Riles said. "Not to mention that Michigan State is an awesome school."

Recruiting Q&A (Rivals) - The SpartanMag folks answer some questions on Dawson, Tim Cason and walk-ons.

MSU making team effort for McDowell (247) - Not much of an update on five-star Detroit DL Malik McDowell. Says he'll have a top five by the summer.

Allen will be back this weekend (247) - Three-star Illinois center Brian Allen will be in town for the Nebraska game. The brother of current center Jack Allen has loved MSU for a long time, and the Spartans are the team to beat for his services. He also has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Purdue.

Spartan target ready for test (Rivals) - 2014 Clarkston running back/cornerback Tim Cason received an offer from MSU recently and will be in town for the Nebraska game. He grew up an MSU fan, and some think it's possible he could commit this weekend. 247 says MSU is looking at him as a defensive back.