2019 guard Harlond Beverly shocked by offer on first Michigan State visit; Thursday prep football roundup

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Harlond Beverly stunned by Michigan State offer

When Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo told Harlond Beverly that he had an offer, the Southfield (Mich.) Christian guard didn’t quite know how to react.

“I didn’t know he was serious,” Beverly said afterward. “I didn’t believe it. … It was most definitely a surprise.”

Within a week, Beverly landed his first two major conference offers on trips to Baylor and Michigan State. He still has yet to be ranked on any major recruiting site, likely in part because his AAU team, Reach Legends, doesn’t play on the high-profile adidas, Nike or Under Armour circuits.

But the 6-foot-4 combo guard has gotten himself noticed by coaches nonetheless. On Thursday, he took his first unofficial visit to Michigan State. He sat down with Izzo and watched film on how the Spartans could potentially use him. Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine came up as player comparisons.

“He said he would just try to use me to be a big, versatile guard,” Beverly said. [I would do] a little bit of everything.”

Beverly said he didn’t grow up a fan of either Michigan State or Michigan (though he liked to see both succeed), but he does have several connections to the Spartans. He played alongside Spartans walk-on Brock Washington in high school, and he knows point guard Cassius Winston from attending University of Detroit Jesuit as a freshman. Additionally, his uncle, A.W. Canada, won a state title coaching eventual Michigan State stars Keith Appling and Derrick Nix at Detroit Pershing.

So Michigan State has a head start in Beverly’s recruitment through relationships. He wants to go to a school where he feels at home.

“With me, it’s just all about fit,” he said. “I like having good people around me. That’ll play a big part of it. Right now I’m not really weighing my options. I’m just glad I can actually have some.”

Cleveland State, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Oral Roberts and Toledo have also offered. Izzo and Michigan State assistant Dwayne Stephens have shown interest for about as long as anyone.

 

With his athleticism and versatility, Beverly’s offer list is sure to grow. Now the Spartans are in pursuit of a pair of electric in-state prospects who can play both point and 2-guard: Beverly and Detroit Old Redford’s Mark Watts. Beverly hasn’t gotten the same national recognition as Watts, but if he continues to play his game, that will come.

“I like to play at my own pace and make sure I never get sped up,” Beverly said. “I feel like I’m good at breaking my man down and finding the open man. I really like playing the pick-and-roll, too. I just try to give my teammates energy, have them feed off me and I feed off them. I just try to have a positive impact on the game.”

Prep football roundup

High school football in Michigan kicked off Tuesday, with about half the state’s teams taking the field for their season openers. Michigan State commits and prospects battled it out. Here’s how they did.

  • Michigan State’s lone 2019 commit, 4-star (per the 247Sports composite) offensive tackle Spencer Brown helped Walled Lake (Mich.) Western to a 19-14 win over West Bloomfield (Mich.) on Thursday. Mainly a defensive lineman in past seasons, Brown showed the work he’s put into playing tackle.

  • Belleville (Mich.), led by top 2019 Michigan State targets Devontae Dobbs and Julian Barnett, snuck past Brighton 34-31 in overtime at Michigan Stadium. Barnett, a 4-star wide receiver/cornerback, caught the opening touchdown of the game, and Dobbs, a 5-star tackle, paved the way for the winning score.
  • In one of the biggest games in the country on Thursday, Pickerington (Ohio) Central hosted Detroit Cass Tech and won, 24-21. Central fields Michigan State 4-star commits Trenton Gillison and Xavier Henderson. Cass Tech has 4-star running back Jaren Mangham, who exited the game with a leg injury but posted on Twitter afterward that it wasn’t serious.

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