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Can’t wait much for Michigan State football to get here? Is the Sept. 2 season opener too far away?
Well, the next-best thing might just be prep football. You can keep an eye on recruits committed to play for Michigan State and others who might just end up in East Lansing. And you don’t have to wait until September.
These are the best high school games for Michigan State fans to watch in August:
Aug. 18: Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Johns Creek (Ga.)
Standout cornerback Chris Jackson is a 3-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rankings and a Michigan State commit. He’s uber-athletic, long and a former basketball player. In this game, he’ll likely be going up against Zach Williams, a 3-star uncommitted wide receiver with a bevy of offers. Chances are you don’t live in Georgia, but the game can be live streamed here.
Aug. 24: Detroit Cass Tech vs. Pickerington (Ohio) Central
This game, which has been hyped up for months now, will feature Michigan’s reigning Division 1 champions and a perennial Ohio juggernaut. Cass Tech fields 4-star running back Jaren Mangham, a top Michigan State target in 2019. Pickerington Central has two 4-star Spartans commits for 2018 in tight end Trenton Gillison and all-around athlete Xavier Henderson.
Aug. 25: Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child vs. Benton Harbor (Mich.)
Michigan State quarterback commit and Divine Child star Theo Day has risen to 4-star status with his impressively accurate arm and he continues improving. A few years ago, this wouldn’t have been a great game, but former Western Michigan coach Elliot Uzelac has led Benton Harbor to a meteoric rise from a 20-game losing streak to a 10-1 record in 2016.
Aug. 25: University of Detroit Jesuit vs. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Three-star athlete Elijah Collins might just end up at Michigan State, so if you’re in the Detroit area, you should see the U-D Jesuit star and 2018 recruit play. The Spartans would likely take him at running back, but he’s a bigger star at linebacker in high school. This game will have him up against Brother Rice star quarterback and 2019 prospect Mariano Valenti, in whom the Spartans have also shown interest.
Aug. 25: DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Who wouldn’t want to see two perennial powerhouses face off? This one gives Michigan State fans a chance to see one of their top Class of 2018 targets, Bishop Gorman 3-star guard Jacob Isaia, blocking for UCLA quarterback commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson. He’ll likely go up against 4-star Maryland defensive tackle commit Austin Fontaine, who also held a Spartans offer.
Aug. 25: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
This is another cross-country battle between two of the nation’s best. Michigan State’s focus will be on Aquinas, as it has offered a handful of Raiders players. Among them are these 2019 prospects: OLB Jahmar Brown, CB Jaden Davis, OL Vincent Murphy and OLB Anthony Solomon. This game could give a glimpse of the future at Michigan State.
Aug. 25: Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) vs. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
If you want to see a defensive battle, look no further. On the Oaks Christian side, you have 4-star 2018 prospect and USC commit Bo Calvert at linebacker, and 5-star 2019 prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux at defensive end. Chaminade, of course, fields 3-star Michigan State defensive end commit Parks Gissinger.
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