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Spartan Pupdate is looking to run the ball

With a quarterback in the fold, the Spartans have their sights on some downhill running backs.


-- Brother Rice has won two straight Division 2 state football titles, and running back Brian Walker has been a part of each of those runs for the Warriors.

Walker was on campus in East Lansing on Thursday for an unofficial visit -- far from his first go-round at MSU.

"The visit went well. It felt like I was at home since I've been on campus multiple times," Walker told me. "The highlight of the practice was toward the end during scrimmage time. ... (I liked) they got after each other and competed, even though (Thursday) was a shell (helmets and shoulder pads) day, so everything wasn't as physical."

Walker has been told by his primary recruiter, Brad Salem, that MSU is looking to take one or maybe two running backs.

While he doesn't have any offers yet, he said getting an MSU offer "would mean the world to me."

He also was told the coaches all likes his film, so "only time will tell" if an offer is coming his way. The 5-foot-8, 220-pound back will camp at MSU this summer to up his chances.

A self-described tough, in-between the tackles runner who can also hit the edge, Walker racked up 1,441 yards rushing on 251 and ran for 21 touchdowns in 2012.

Walker also is getting looked at by Pitt, Purdue, Bowling Green, Ball State, Iowa, Akron, Toledo and Mississippi State. He said he will make another visit to MSU either next week or the following week.

-- Cincinnati Moeller has been very good to Michigan State in recent years. So good, in fact, that a Crusader has been in three of the past four Spartans recruiting classes.

One of the latest major prospects from Moeller is athlete Sam Hubbard, who until recently was committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse.

"I just want to play football. It also has a lot bigger state and (pro) opportunities," Hubbard told me. "I also had to commit very early for lacrosse, before I ever heard from a football school."

Since then, the football schools have come calling and the 6-foot-6, 225-pound athlete has piled up offers, including Michigan State.

Hubbard says he likes "the success Moeller kids have had (at MSU)." While he is in the middle of lacrosse season right now, making a visit to East Lansing a challenge, Hubbard said a summer visit is a possibility.

The Spartans have a couple extra recruiters in the corner, too, as Hubbard is hearing it from former Moeller standouts Shane Jones (2013) and Monty Madaris (2012).

"I am very close with Shane and Monty -- been friends with them for years," Hubbard said, adding that Jones is especially hounding Hubbard to get up to MSU.

Hubbard said he is looking for great academics above all else in a school, but also a national competitor and a great relationship with the coaching staff.

-- 2015 Berrien Springs athlete Deonte Campbell-Sims will make his first visit to Michigan State for the spring game on April 20.

Campbell-Sims plays outside linebacker as of now, but will play defensive back in college.

He also is hearing from Northwestern and Maryland early in the process, while receiving mail from Rutgers, Florida State and Western Michigan.


Owens enjoys time at State (Rivals) -- West Deptford (N.J.) running back Gerald Owens is a big back who is drawing big interest from MSU. He was on campus for a multiple-day visit earlier this week and came away with a good picture of all MSU has to offer. Getting him on campus early in the process is a good sign for MSU.

Texas RB 'humbled' by offer (247) -- Sugar Land (Texas) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere is a prototypical, downhill, bowling ball, Big Ten running back -- and MSU is interested. The Spartans offered Enwere this week, and he says he hopes to get up to MSU this summer for a visit.

Ohio back talking with Spartans (Scout) -- Lakota (Ohio) East running back Bobby Brown is another solidly built back the Spartans are looking at. While he doesn't have an offer yet, the interest is there from MSU -- and he expects to camp at MSU this summer.

New Offers (3/29/13-4/4/13)

Defensive tackle Chris WIlliams, Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)

Defensive end Qualen Cunningham, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)

Linebacker Jimmie Swain, Lees Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit Sr.)

Linebacker Brandon Lee, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central)

Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove)

Safety Marcus Allen, Upper Marlboro, Md. (Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr.)

Offensive tackle Brian Wallace, Saint Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers College)

Running back Vic Enwere, Sugar Land, Texas (Fort Bend Austin)

Athlete Micquell Cotton, O'Fallon, Ill. (O Fallon)