Darius Robinson will be making his collegiate decision in November. What are his keys as he decides?
Joey Delgado, For the Detroit Free Press
Free Press special writer Sean Merriman dishes on Michigan and Michigan State football and basketball recruiting in his latest mailbag:
Will MSU definitely land legacy recruits, Muhsin Muhammad’s son and Eric Snow’s son? – B1G Sparty
Muhsin Muhammad III is an elite receiver prospect in the 2020 class. He’s smaller than his father, standing at 6-foot, 180 pounds, but the 4-star pass-catcher from Myers Park High School (Charlotte, N.C.) has great hands, is an exceptional route runner and has good speed. Being a 2020 prospect that is still being evaluated and gaining offers, it’s near impossible to say he will definitely land in East Lansing. However, I can say with confidence that the younger Muhammad has a great relationship with the MSU coaching staff and speaks very high of Michigan State. It will be interesting to see where Ohio State fits into this equation, as he visited Columbus recently and is expected to land an offer from the Buckeyes.
Darius Snow, who is the son of former MSU basketball standout Eric Snow and nephew of Percy Snow, a two-time All-American linebacker at MSU, is also a highly-touted 2020 prospect. The 4-star safety prospect from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas has already seen his recruitment take off with current offers from the likes of Alabama, Texas, Notre Dame and Georgia, in addition to MSU. He is ranked as the No. 4 safety prospect in the 2020 class, per 247Sports.com. Much like Muhammad, this is still very early in the process to call anything a lock, although MSU was the first school to offer Snow, which combined with his strong family ties makes the Spartans a strong contender to land this elite recruit.
It sounds more and more like Darius Robinson is leaning towards Syracuse. What is the latest news on solidifying the d-line for the future? – lakejw2000
Here is what we know surrounding Canton defensive end Darius Robinson’s recruitment. He cut his list of finalists down from seven to four this week, revealing a final four of Missouri, Colorado, Syracuse and Michigan State. While Missouri and Colorado land in that group, I really think this comes down to a final decision between MSU and Syracuse, and as you mentioned, the Orange have all the momentum in their corner right now when it comes to landing Robinson.
There are two other names for Michigan State fans to keep an eye on here on the defensive line. The first is Cavon Butler, who is a senior 3-star defensive tackle from Toledo who is committed to Kentucky, but was recently offered by Michigan State. This is a big one because the Spartans do not have a single defensive tackle prospect in their 2019 class right now. The other name to look out for is Keith Randolph, who has only played high school football for two years, but is rising up recruiting boards. The 6-5, 245 pound defensive end prospect is a star on the basketball court, but has a bright future in football and is gaining a lot of recent interest from several Big Ten schools, including MSU. Illinois remains the perceived leader here, but MSU is making a push and Randolph knows how much this MSU coaching staff would like to add at least one more defensive lineman to finish out their 2019 recruiting cycle.
Any news or updates on Michigan’s chances with Zach Harrison and Quavaris Crouch? – JJD
I’ve said this before, but Zach Harrison is a kid who keeps everything close to his vest when it comes to talking about recruiting. He isn’t one who likes to boast about offers, or even discuss offers for that matter. With that said, there has been a ton of optimism surrounding Harrison and the Wolverines as of late, to the point where many believe Michigan has now taken the lead over Ohio State in this recruitment. While Rashan Gary was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player when he committed to Michigan, I’d consider landing Harrison an even bigger victory for this program, simply because so many believed he was a lock to attend Ohio State. One can make an argument that if the Wolverines were to get Harrison, this would be Michigan’s biggest recruiting victory in the past decade. As for Crouch, just like Harrison, Michigan is gaining a ton of momentum in this recruitment. Everything he said about his visit to Ann Arbor was positive, and while many believed Clemson was the obvious favorite here, I think the switch has flipped and that Michigan has just as good a chance as Clemson to land the elite 5-star athlete out of Charlotte. Crouch will announce his college choice at the All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.
Check out this week’s recruiting chat recap with Sean.