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Michigan State 'Crootin Roundup: Why 2016 Point Guard Cassius Winston Committed

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In this edition, these deciding factors determined Cassius Winston's verbal commitment to Michigan State

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Another Donnie Corley Update

Michigan State will graduate four wide receivers at the end of the season, marking the importance of having a handful of talented incoming freshmen to fill the void in 2016. Along with Justin Layne, Cameron Chambers and Trishton Jackson, Corley could be the missing piece to an already sought after recruiting class.

Rivals.com has reported that Corley was in Ann Arbor this past weekend when Michigan hosted UNLV, and it has been said that the Wolverines are "making up ground" on the Detroit King prospect. The recruiting website also reported that Corley hopes to travel down to Ohio State for another visit.

The likelihood of playing immediately in East Lansing has made MSU a consistent favorite for Corley's services. There's no set date for Corley's verbal commitment, so until then, expect more updates.

Cassius Winston Is Coming To East Lansing

Winston's first memory of Tom Izzo was his freshman year when the head coach arrived at the U-D Jesuit basketball gym, igniting the excitement from everyone inside the school, including Winston. He told reporters that he didn't know why Izzo was visiting the high school, but later found out that it was because of him.

Flash forward to his senior year, standing behind a red curtain while wearing a white hat with a Spartan emblem stitched in the front, Winston has verbally committed to MSU.

Loyalty was one of the main factors as to why Winston chose the Spartans over Pittsburgh and Stanford, describing the adjective as a big thing in his family.

One of the reasons why Winston was so heavily recruited by Izzo was his canning ability to pass the ball. U-D Jesuit head coach Pat Donnelly said over the weekend that Izzo called Winston the best high school passer since Magic Johnson.

Winston now joins Josh Langford and Nick Ward as the three verbal commits of the 2016 class. Five-stars Miles Bridges and Josh Jackson are also in the mix.

Winston is the No. 5 ranked point guard nationally by 247Sports and Rivals.com.