Michigan State recruiting: Spartans offer in-state athlete, commits’ playoff games streaming live


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Spartans offer in-state star

Michigan State has been battling Central Florida for supremacy in the rankings.

The Spartans have the edge in the College Football Playoff rankings and the Associated Press Top 25, while UCF ranks higher in the Amway Coaches Poll. The Knights have gotten off to an 8-0 start, with their most impressive win coming against Memphis.

Now the Spartans and Knights will go at it over a top recruit. La’Darius Jefferson, a 3-star senior in the 247Sports composite, has been committed to Central Florida as a quarterback since May. Since then, he hadn’t received any new offers.

But on Friday, the Muskegon (Mich.) star announced a long-awaited offer from Michigan State. The Spartans had been showing interest in Jefferson for some time and brought him in for multiple visits.

“God has worked wonders and has blessed me in many ways and I’m beyond thankful,” Jefferson wrote on Twitter while announcing the offer.

Jefferson told Land of 10 that the Spartans offered him as an athlete. A prolific offensive player, he could potentially fit in at running back or wide receiver.

But for Muskegon, he has stood out behind center. Per 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Jefferson has passed for 1,103 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed 156 time for 1,555 yards and 23 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2 Jefferson fits Michigan State’s profile of a big running back. He ranks 31st among Michigan seniors and 37th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks.

If Jefferson were to get a shot at quarterback, there would be a crowded field. The Spartans are already bringing in 4-star Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child QB Theo Day in the 2018 class.

MSU commits in action

As state playoffs take their victims, only a few Michigan State commits remain in search of championships to wrap up their illustrious careers. Even fewer can be seen live on Friday night. The links below will direct you to those streams, if you’re willing to shell out a few bucks.

Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) vs. Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln
Location: Westerville North High School
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Spectrum Sports

Michigan State linebacker commit Edward Warinner and Olentangy Liberty look to keep their run going against Spartans basketball star Nick Ward’s alma mater in this regional semifinal.

Pickerington (Ohio) Central vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley
Location: St. Francis DeSales High School
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Spectrum Sports

Pickerington Central, which fields 4-star Michigan State commits Trenton Gillison and Xavier Henderson, will have its hands full against undefeated Hilliard Bradley and star wide receiver Kory Taylor, who has received Spartans interest.

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) vs. Mentor (Ohio)
Location: Byers Field, Parma
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Spectrum Sports

The next of the Dowell brothers, Michigan State defensive back commit Michael, will try to lead St. Edward over Mentor and recent Spartans offer Noah Potter in this battle of one-loss teams.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran at Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Location: Chaminade College Prep
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Stream: NFHS Network

Michigan State defensive end commit Parks Gissinger and Chaminade should have no problem taking down 5-5 Orange Lutheran in this first-round matchup, but crazier things have happened.

Miss any of The Green Room? Check out our archive here.

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