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Michigan State 'Crootin Roundup: Decommits, decommits and more decommits

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In this edition, details on the putrid recruiting weekend for Michigan State after losing a handful of commits

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2017 (Ill.) ATH Takes First Visit To MSU

It helps that your father is a Michigan State alumnus, but taking your first recruiting trip to a Big Ten powerhouse at Michigan State is an experience that a high schooler will never forget.

Owen Piche, from Neuqua Valley (Ill.), is unranked on all the major recruiting websites, but remains a topic of discussion within the major Midwest programs, including the Spartans, Bowling Green, Illinois and Iowa.

I had a great time. Michigan State did an amazing job of showing the recruits what Big Ten powerhouse football is. I talked with Coach Ron Burton, my area recruiter. He knew a lot about my season and how my team had performed.

Beth Long of Rivals.com writes that Piche will travel to Western Michigan, a school known for recruiting within the area of Chicago, followed by Duke.

Top Ranked Illinois WR To Take MSU Visit

Eric Rooks is another recruit hailing from the Windy City who is waiting patiently in seeing his recruitment sky rocket in a positive direction. Unlike Piche though, the wide receiver has received a few offers, highlighted by Kansas and Toledo, with a handful of Big Ten schools pulling up in the rear.

That includes Michigan State, a school that Rooks unofficially visited in the past. The No. 8 ranked player in the state of Illinois hasn't set a date for his second trip to East Lansing, but it will be soon, according to Rivals.com.

Bowling Green and the Rockets are the other two schools that the De La Salle Institute protege plans on visiting in the near future.

MSU In Good Position On Two 2016 Recruits

It's been a rough week for the Spartans along the recruiting trail, which we'll get to in a bit, but it could be quickly erased from memory if Michigan State was able to land both Daelin Hayes and Garrett Boles, both near the top of the rankings at their respective positions.

MSU was the first official visit scheduled for Boles, the No. 4 ranked JUCO player in the country. Collecting a total of 24 offers, it appears that the green and white are competing with Oregon and Arkansas for the 6-5, 290 pounder, along with Auburn and Arizona State.

For Hayes, it was previously reported that MSU cracked his top three, along with Ohio State and Notre Dame. 247Sports stated that a verbal commitment will come from the Ann Arbor Skyline senior in early December.

Hunter Rison Latest To Decommit From MSU

The only difference with Rison from the slew of former commits like Naquan Jones and Abdul Adams, is that the son of Michigan State great Andre Rison is a junior.

Now, the Spartans are left empty handed in the 2017 class following Rison's decision to break away from his verbal committment, eight days after UCLA became the sixth team to offer the four-star recruit.

What could have contributed to Rison's decommitment was the fact that Alabama offered the wide receiver exactly a month after he announced his commitment to MSU.

That's the issue with outgoing sophomores who verbally commit to a school that early into their high school careers. Chances are that recruit will find a new love before signing their letter of intent.