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Spartan Pupdate is loving scrimmages

With the first spring scrimmage last Friday, Michigan State had plenty of visitors on hand to see the Spartans in action.


Columbus Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor had been to East Lansing once before his visit Thursday, but it wasn't for football purposes.

Taylor took part in one of Tom Izzo's basketball camps when he was an eighth-grader, but now is focused on Michigan State football -- and that is good news for the Spartans as they search for offensive linemen in the 2014 class.

While Taylor doesn't have an offer yet, one could be coming soon in the spring evaluation period.

"The coaches said they are going to re-evaluate film soon, and they plan to come down and see me in spring," Taylor told me. "They said they like what they see on film and want to see me in person and will probably offer then."

Thursday's visit helped position Michigan State favorably in Taylor's eyes.

"I was really impressed with the facilities," Taylor said. "It was the first time seeing it all and they have made a lot of upgrades and it was impressive. Coach Dantonio is a really nice guy, too.

"They also are looking at me at defensive line a little bit, which excites me because I like both. So I went to both offensive line and defensive line meetings."

Taylor also liked the style of football Michigan State brings with it.

"It is a very blue-collar, fundamental offense, which relates to my high school," he said. "I like the line up and hit them in the mouth football that MSU plays."

He also enjoyed the practice, calling it "efficient and fun to watch."

Taylor has offers from Kentucky, a group of MAC schools and Middle Tennessee State, but is hearing from all of the Big Ten except for Ohio State, among others. He said he is eying a decision before the start of his senior season, but will see how things go in the spring.

He told me Michigan State definitely will be a major player in his decision.

-- Detroit King is a factory at producing D-1 talent and one of the latest prospects is defensive back Jalen Embry. Embry visited East Lansing twice last week, Tuesday and Friday.

"The visits were awesome," Embry told me. "The defensive backs were moving at the pace I love -- physical, fast and beating up the receivers."

The 5-foot-11 cornerback doesn't have an MSU offer yet, but has been told "just to come and perform at their camp and it will happen."

He has offers from six MAC schools and said the the first Big Ten school to offer him would move to the top of his list. He also visited Northwestern on Saturday.

-- While Detroit King is a factory, Lapeer East isn't known for putting out Division 1 talent, but for the class of 2014, athlete Kyle Rachwal is attracting plenty of attention.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect made his first visit to East Lansing on Friday and took in the first spring scrimmage.

"There was lots of speed and size and it was so up-tempo," Rachwal said. "I've been to practices (elsewhere), but this was much more like a real game. It was good to see the offense face off with the defense and so many athletes."

Rachwal said the Spartans are looking at him as a linebacker, tight end and fullback. The visit gave him the vibe they might envision him more on offense, though, as he met offensive coaches and sat it on a tight ends meeting with Jim Bollman, who he described as "kind of funny, but a little on the old side." He also said Bollman really knows his X's and O's.

All in all, Rachwal --who holds offers from Eastern Michigan and Houston -- came away impressed with everything from facilities to the coaches.

He said an an MSU offer "would be a big one" and will come to a one-day camp at MSU on June 16.

-- Perhaps the biggest recruiting news of the weekend came when Grand Rapids Christian wide receiver Drake Harris decided to bring Michigan State back into his recruitment.

Check out what Harris told me about why Michigan State is back in the picture and what he has planned.


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