Michigan State is looking to ride the momentum of big comeback Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor into another stellar recruiting class, and they appear to be well on their way to doing just that. Here's the latest:
Michigan State ramped up their pursuit of the four-star 2016 QB before the dead period hit, though they haven't offered the 6'5", 205-pounder a scholarship. A strong junior season - 56 percent completion for 1,876 yards, 21 TDs, and six INTs along with 244 rushing yards, and five TDs - sparked interest from Maryland, Missouri, and Wake Forest as well as the Spartans.
He's already received offers from Indiana, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Miami (Ohio).
Smith (San Antonio, Texas), a four-star recruit, spent time at both quarterback and wide receiver during his junior season (1,300 passing yards, 122 receiving yards, 25 total TDs), and that versatility has already landed him a scholarship from Michigan State. Oklahoma and SMU have also offered him scholarships, but Smith favors the Spartans right now because assistant coach Terrence Samuel is recruiting him harder than anyone in the country.
“They've got a nice program going on,” Smith said. “Coach Samuel is strong with what he does and he gets you ready for the game.”
Smith is also getting interest from UCLA, Florida State, and Arkansas.
Junior cornerback Trae Waynes said that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Waynes had 46 tackles and three interceptions for the Spartans this year, and is projected to be a first-round pick.
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