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La’Darius Jefferson changes plans … again
On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we saw the toxic nature of the recruiting process.
“After talking with my family, I’ve decided to reschedule my official visit to MSU to another date and schedule my official to Indiana on Dec. 8-10,” La’Darius Jefferson wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night. “We decided we want to get the longest trip out of the way first, then go to MSU. Nothing against MSU and what they’re doing; just wanted to get to Bloomington first, then Lansing.”
It was awfully courteous for the Muskegon (Mich.) senior quarterback, a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings, to explain himself so thoroughly. He had scheduled his Michigan State official visit for Dec. 8-10 shortly after picking up an offer from the Spartans as an athlete. Then Indiana came along and offered him as a quarterback, and plans changed.
Not for long, though. The following morning, an apologetic Jefferson reset his Michigan State official visit for Dec. 8-10, the same weekend many of the Spartans’ 2018 commits will be on campus for their visits. Though it’s his recruitment and his decision, he still made a point to say he was sorry for the confusion.
— L A ‘ D A R I U S J E F F E R S O N (@LaDariusJ2) November 30, 2017
Let’s hope that Jefferson gets the chance to visit both schools and make the decision that’s best for him. And who knows? He may end up visiting Nebraska down the road, as well. He had originally been committed to Central Florida and coach Scott Frost, and now talks of Frost to Nebraska (his alma mater) have heated up.
Jefferson, who ranks 34th overall among senior prospects in Michigan, would be given a shot to play quarterback at Michigan State, but his chances are better at running back or linebacker.
Who’s next out of Buford?
Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner couldn’t sit down and talk to 2019 Buford (Ga.) defensive tackle Jalar Holley on Wednesday. It’s against the rules. But watching Holley go to work on the field was all Warner needed to see.
“He dominates practice,” Buford recruiting coordinator Fyrone Davis said. “Coach Warner watched him practice and moved around with him a little bit, and that’s when he knew. He said, ‘That’s the guy.’ ”
So Warner offered Holley. He became the fifth Buford player in the 2019 class to land a Spartans offer, but the first on defense and the first who remains unranked and unrated.
At 6 feet, 2 inches and nearly 300 pounds, though, Holley immediately jumps out. Davis described his violent hands and flexible hips, then made a note about Holley that particularly stuck out.
— Jalar holley (@JalarHolley_90) November 29, 2017
“In my 11 years here, he’s the fastest D-lineman I’ve ever come across that big and that athletic,” Davis said of Holley. “He’s very fast and athletic, very twitchy.”
Michigan State hasn’t yet landed any players from Buford, but it has quickly become a favorite destination of the coaching staff. That won’t likely change soon, either. Davis said to keep an eye out for another offensive lineman, Reece McIntyre, who he said stood out to Warner.
McIntyre is yet another standout Wolves junior offensive lineman alongside three others (Carter Colquitt, Harry Miller and Riley Simonds) whom Michigan State has offered. But McIntyre is also a standout baseball player, so he hasn’t gotten the exposure during the summer of many of his teammates.
The 6-5, 298-pound tackle already holds offers from Charlotte, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland.
Spartans offer 4-star wide receiver
Michigan State kept it going in Georgia on Thursday, offering yet another Peach State prospect. This time it was 4-star Griffin (Ga.) Spalding wide receiver Zion Puckett.
— Zion Puckett (@GiftOfGodZ) November 30, 2017
Puckett ranks 24th among 2019 prospects from Georgia and 31st nationally among junior wide receivers. He also holds offers from Alabama, Florida State Georgia, Kentucky and more.
Once again, it was Warner who checked in on Puckett. The Spartans assistant has been all over the Atlanta area throughout the week, meeting with coaches and extending offers.
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