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Michigan State 'Crootin Roundup: Donnie Corley Named Michigan's Mr. Football

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In this edition, a MSU target is named the top player in the state of Michigan

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Zeeland East (Mich.) Wide Receiver Accepts Preferred Walk-On Offer

An impressive senior season performance has earned Khylin Barton not only a spot on the Michigan Associated Press All-State First Team, but will see his opportunity in playing football at the next level come to fruition.

The wide receiver had no offers back in August before his final year of high school football, but following his 1,078 yard and 16 touchdown stat line that propelled Zeeland East to a district finals finish in the playoffs, Barton has accepted an offer from Michigan State as a preferred walk-on for next year.

I didn’t have any offers when the season started, and I was thinking this could be my last year of football. I grew up a Michigan State fan, so this is a dream. Michigan State is a program on the rise, and I want to be a part of it.

Barton was on campus for the Maryland game on Nov. 14, who then returned for a practice before the Penn State game. His ultimate goal is to get on the field as a freshman, regardless of knowing the tough road ahead as a walk-on.

2016 MSU Defensive Commit Set To Enroll Early

Coming off his official visit to East Lansing and an in-home visit from head coach Mark Dantonio, senior Kenney Lyke will enroll early for next semester at Michigan State in time for spring practice.

I decided to enroll in school early just to get ahead both academically and athletically. I think that it gives me a greater chance to get in and learn the system and play early.

Lyke, who verbally committed to the Spartans back in late May of this year, is the No. 7 ranked recruit in the state of Illinois by the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 19 safety in the country.

Decision Date Set For 2016 (Ohio) Running Back

This Friday will mark a verbal commitment from Hubbard (Ohio) tailback Georgie Hill, who's deciding between Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. Hill is a former teammate of L.J. Scott, who also took his official visit to Michigan State on Nov. 27, but has made three visits in total since decommitting from Ohio State on Oct. 14.

Steve Wilftong of 247Sports reports that the Spartans are the team to beat for Hill, with the Panthers and Pat Narduzzi as the biggest challenger.

Hill is the No. 10 ranked senior running back in the country by Scout.com.

Donnie Corley Wins Prestigious Award

Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee. Those are the five schools in line for Donnie Corley, who has been a topic of discussion since this series began back in August.

Set to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, Corley is also walking away with the State Champs! Hungry Howies Mr. Football Award, given to the top player in the state of Michigan.

It’s a big deal to be named the No. 1 guy in Michigan. It means a lot to bring it to Detroit.

This comes after Corley's game-winning touchdown catch to capture the MHSAA Division II state championship at Ford Field, as well as the announcement of him being a finalist for the 2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year award.

Corley will make his verbal commitment on the same day as his teammate, LaVert Hill, another MSU target who took an official visit to Michigan this Friday and will travel to Southern Cal on Jan. 15.