The Michigan State Spartans are trying to put the finishing touches on what will not be labeled as a star-studded class; however, they have an opportunity this weekend to persuade two marquee players, Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio) and Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio), to de-commit from their respective schools and make East Lansing their new home.
Dodson is a 4-star offensive tackle prospect and is currently committed to Wisconsin; however, he began taking other official visits in early December and this weekend's trip to Michigan State is his final visit.
The nation's No. 178 overall prospect and No. 16 offensive tackle has already visited Ohio State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Southern California over the past couple of months.
Many recruiting experts believe the departures of six Wisconsin assistants for various schools will be enough for Dodson to commit to a different school. Those same experts believe Ohio State is the favorite to win over Dodson on national signing day given his recent comments about the Buckeyes.
"They're pushing me very hard. They're recruiting me like no other," Dodson said almost two weeks ago. "They're recruiting me pretty hard and I talk to the coaches every week. It's going to be a pretty hard decision.
"They really want me to be a Buckeye. They want me to be left tackle. They were telling me how much they like how I move and how bad they want me."
The Spartans and Buckeyes were two of Dodson's final four schools when he committed to Wisconsin back in June, but Michigan State appears to have some ground to make up this weekend if they hope to secure a commitment from the Cleveland Heights High School standout.
Dodson said on Dec. 18 that he would make his decision after his final official visit and if this is still true, fans of the five respective programs still in the hunt for him will find out very soon whether or not he will be suiting up for their favorite school.
"I'll make my final decision a couple of days after my final visit," Dodson said. "I'll be considering how comfortable I feel with the o-line coach, the head coach, the history they have sending o-linemen to the (NFL) and how comfortable I feel about the surroundings, the campus and city."
On the other hand, Meyers is committed to Toledo and has yet to receive an offer from any of the six major conferences.
This does not concern the 3-star defensive back though, who visited Nebraska last week and believes the big-time offers are coming soon.
"They're going to when I go up there," Meyers said about Michigan State. "I thought about going to Illinois [the following weekend] but I'm not sure yet. I talked to the coach there and they're coming to my school next week."
Schools were slow to recruit the Whitmer High School safety due to some academic issues, which Meyers has since cleared up.
If the Spartans offer a scholarship to Meyers on his visit this weekend he may pull the trigger and end his recruitment.
Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of College Basketball and Big Ten Columnist for the Fox Sports, MSN and YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. He is also undergoing a trial period as a Michigan Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story along with other articles and video reports on the major sports. Follow him on Twitter @ZachDirlam_SPAW!
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