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Spartan Pupdate is visiting for the spring game!

Impressive group of prospects descending upon East Lansing for the annual Green and White scrimmage.

Mark A. Cunningham

The annual Green and White scrimmage to conclude spring practices draws plenty to Spartan Stadium to get a feel for the team entering the upcoming season.

Perhaps greater than the draw for fans is the draw it has for recruits to campus -- and the opportunity for Michigan State to make an impression on potential future Spartans.

This year, like any other, the full list is expansive and far more than anyone can assemble, but I gave it a go. Here are the players that have confirmed with me that they will attend Saturday's game.

2013 commits: Erie Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry, Beaver Dam (Wisc.) RB R.J. Shelton, Cincinnati St. Xavier WR Trey Kilgore, Brother Rice LB Jon Reschke, Solon (Ohio) CB Darian Hicks, Flint Carman-Ainsworth RB Gerald Holmes

2014 commits: Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline QB Chris Durkin, St. Charles (Ill.) North OT Chase Gianacakos, Cass Tech LB Deon Drake

2014 recruits: Hinsdale (Ill.) Central C Brian Allen (MSU offer), Galion (Ohio) WR Dareian Watkins (MSU offer), Mt. Carmel (Ill.) DT Enoch Smith Jr. (MSU offer), Detroit Country Day WR Moe Ways, Berrien Springs OT Nick Padla, Lapeer East ATH Kyle Rachwal, Brother Rice RB Brian Walker.

2015 recruits: St. Christopher's School (Va.) LB Ricky DeBerry, Cincinnati Colerain OT/TE George Brown Jr., Berrien Springs DB Deonte Campbell-Sims, Lake Michigan Catholic OT Dekurtis Murphy.

2016 recruits: Cass Tech OT Ostell Martin.

Maybe visitors: 2013 Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame School for Boys RB Chris James (MSU offer), 2015 Cass Tech OT/DE Joshua Alabi (MSU offer).

This list is not exhaustive, by any means, but some really good prospects will be in East Lansing this weekend -- and more that I wasn't able to confirm.

-- Colorado is not a normal recruiting ground for Michigan State, but the Spartans have been keeping tabs on a recruit from The Centennial State.

Longmont Silver Creek offensive tackle Isaac Miller, a first-team all-state selection as a junior, visited Michigan State a couple weeks ago for the first time.

"I liked it a lot. The facilities were amazing and the coaches were very impressive -- I liked the philosophy they had," Miller said. "Coach Dantonio made it important to come and talk to me and tell me they are going to keep evaluating my film. I liked the position coach (Staten), too.

"I also really liked the campus, which is good since that is where you will spend a lot of your time."

Miller said that both Staten and Dantonio said they hadn't fully watched his film, but intended to continue to evaluate him. He also said his high school runs a run-and-gun, pistol offense and passes the ball a lot, something that the staff at MSU likes about him.

"They said they are impressed with the way that I move for a big guy," he said, "and like the way that I pass block."

Miller plans to major in a math and/or science field, possibly engineering, so the academic side is an important piece to his recruitment.

"Obviously, the most important thing is academics. You go to school for a reason and have to take it seriously. A good relationship with the coaches is key, that is the most important thing football-wise."

New Spartan coach Ron Burton -- formerly at the Air Force Academy -- is his primary recruiter, and Miller said he "seems like a great guy and is really energetic."

Burton is planning to come out and see Miller work out during the spring evaluation period, while he plans to camp at MSU this summer.

He currently holds offers from Washington State, Colorado, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

-- Clarkston defensive back Timothy Cason is no stranger to East Lansing, having visited Michigan State multiple times.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect made another trip last Friday and left after some face time with Mark Dantonio.

"It was a good visit, I got to meet one of the starting DBs," Cason said. "Another highlight was. I got to talk to Coach Dantonio for a quick couple of minutes, and I was showed a lot of love. ... He just told me he liked my film, and he told me to keep sending my film to him from the camps I do and stuff, and he's looking forward to seeing me at camp"

Cason is fresh off an attention-grabbing performance at Rivals Camp in Atlanta.

"(The camp) was great, it was great athletes down there," Cason said. "The speed was definitely a difference, but I was defiantly able to keep up, and lock some of there top guys down.

"It was a great success because I was one of the top 4 performers."

Cason currently holds offers from Toledo, Western Michigan and Bowling Green. He is hearing from Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, as well as a little from Alabama and Auburn.

As for an MSU offer, Cason was told it would happen at camp and "all they want is a live evaluation."


Chicago's Lamar Dawson fits MSU mold of aggressive cornerbacks (Detroit News) - Scout's Allen Trieu breaks down more of Lamar Dawson's game with his high school coach. Read my interview with Dawson from earlier this week here.

New Offers (4/12/13-4/18/13)


Cornerback Lamar Dawson, Chicago, Ill. (St. Rita)

Offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Paramus, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)

Linebacker Kyron Watson, East Saint Louis, Ill. (East St Louis)

Safety Lubern Figaro, Everett, Mass. (Everett)


Athlete Shaun Crawford, Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)