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Michigan State offers 2014 forward Marvin Clark

The Spartans have a new offer out to a player already visiting this weekend and the fanbase is on a commitment watch.

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According to multiple sources, Michigan State came through with an offer to Marvin Clark, a 6'7" (fingers crossed)  forward who plays at the same school as Michigan State signee Lourawls Nairn.  Clark is also visiting East Lansing from Kansas this weekend so the recruitment appears to be serious and moving quickly.  The gesture of visiting from 800 miles for an official immediately after getting an offer puts us on commitment watch though it could be that Clark wishes to see campus, meet Coach Izzo, and take some more time making a decision.  Right now, he is planning on taking a last visit promptly to Indiana before making a final call.

Clark did suffer a break in his foot last year that slowed his progress and ability to be seen by coaching staffs.  It's possible that, now healthy, we're only going to see him get better as he hits his stride again.  The scouting reports on Clark are limited.  His coach speaks to his scoring and shooting ability and Clark is touted as someone who can play both wing and post depending on the need.  He doesn't have ideal size for a power forward but, with MSU still presumably interested in elite guard Montaque Gill-Caesar, MSU is probably recruiting him primarily to play down low.

On the recruiting angle, it's interesting that Michigan State and Indiana are circling around two 2014 players who could play a similar role at either school. Indiana has been heavily recruiting Marvin Clark as well but has an offer out to Chicago forward Josh Cunningham and will be entertaining him this weekend.  Cunningham has been vocal about his desire to receive more attention from MSU but an offer and full press from the Spartans has not materialized.  Instead, Michigan State has gone with offering Clark and Indiana may wind up with Cunningham.  If it unfolds that way, fanbases will enjoy seeing which staff made the best moves and got the superior player.  Clark was once committed to Oregon before his injury and also has current offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, and others.

He also has a very interesting personal story and if you have 20 minutes, you can watch this documentary.  If you don't have that sort of time, a five-minute teaser is here.