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Flint DE Michael Fletcher recaps visit to dream school Michigan State
Michael Fletcher has grown up with a family of primarily Michigan fans, but the Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth junior defensive end hasn’t let that dictate his fandom.
“I guess I was the weird one that loved [Michigan] State,” Fletcher told Land of 10. “The whole family would be going for Michigan, and I would be the only person going for State.”
Getting to know a few Flintstones certainly didn’t dent his loyalty. Fletcher holds basketball offers from Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Toledo, and he met Flint natives Mateen Cleaves (former Michigan State basketball star) and Miles Bridges (current Michigan State basketball star) through workouts and hanging out with 4-star guard Terry Armstrong.
Fletcher, a 3-star DE in the 247Sports composite, hadn’t spoken to any Michigan State coaches before the Spartans’ season opener against Bowling Green on Saturday. A few days prior, his coach told him Michigan State wanted him to come in for the game. He made the trip with his brother Dustin, a sophomore quarterback. And what a first visit it was.
“I love it up there,” Fletcher said. “I love the atmosphere. The coaches were easy to talk to. It seemed like they wanted to talk to me. And it was a game with good teams. It’s somewhere I want to be.”
On the field before the game, Fletcher got to speak with defensive ends coach Mark Snyder and defensive tackles coach Ron Burton, who said they had watched and enjoyed his film.
They said that even coach Mark Dantonio had seen his film. Fletcher got a chance to speak briefly with Dantonio, but over the roar of the crowd before kickoff, he couldn’t hear much. No worries, as the Spartans hope to get him back on campus in a few weeks for the game against Notre Dame on Sept. 23.
Fletcher, who attends the alma mater of Michigan State running back Gerald Holmes, does not yet hold an offer from the Spartans. His football offer list includes Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Iowa State and Toledo. But with the way he feels he keeps improving, Michigan State might soon follow.
“I just feel like I keep getting better and better,” he said. “I feel like I work really hard, and I always push myself to be better than I am. I feel like anything’s possible if I put my mind to it.”
At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Fletcher is an imposing figure on the football field and basketball court. He finished last season with 7.5 sacks and is aiming for his school’s single-season record of 14, per MLive.
And away from athletics, Fletcher has a knack for building and designing. He plans to major in engineering in college. Though he doesn’t know what type of engineering, he’s sure academics will play a major part in his decision.
“I’m really looking into the school part,” he said. “Sports have got to end eventually, so I want to make sure I’ll be fine after it ends.”
Dual visits coming between Spartans and WR Kory Taylor
It looks like September will be a crucial month for Kory Taylor’s recruitment.
The 3-star Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley wide receiver has had Michigan State near the top of his list for a while, but the Spartans haven’t offered. As they look to close out their 2018 class with another receiver, they will be taking a close look at Taylor’s progress.
Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel will head to Ohio to see the 6-5 standout and his 2-0 team take on rival Hilliard Darby on Sept. 15. The Spartans have a bye that weekend.
A week later, Taylor plans to visit Michigan State for its game against Notre Dame. He has been on campus, but it will allow him to reconnect with the coaching staff.
Michigan State has commitments from 3-star receivers Javez Alexander and Julian Major, but it hopes to add another. Should they offer, the Spartans might find themselves in yet another battle with Pittsburgh and coach Pat Narduzzi, a former Michigan State defensive coordinator. The Panthers have not offered, either, but Taylor visited over the opening weekend and spoke to Rivals about increased interest.
But before Taylor gets to Michigan State, he will visit Louisville for its game against Clemson. The Cardinals, unlike Pitt and Michigan State, have already offered.
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