Michigan State has already offered 2012 receiver prospect Corey Smith
from Akron Buchtel and is reportedly set to offer Smith’s
teammate, safety Jarrod Wilson. It’s a good thing the Spartans will
offer both, as they consider themselves a package deal.
Michigan State has already offered 2012 receiver prospect Corey Smith from Akron (Ohio) Buchtel and is reportedly set to offer Smith’s teammate, safety Jarrod Wilson. It’s a good thing the Spartans will offer both, as they consider themselves a package deal.
Wilson holds additional scholarship offers from Indiana and Toledo, while MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi told him to call coach Mark Dantonio Friday. Wilson told Spartan Tailgate he has not been able to reach Dantonio yet, but an offer presumably waits.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect recorded 65 tackles and eight interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns, as Buchtel reached the Division 3 state championship game last fall.
“What I’m very good at is I have a knack for the ball,” Wilson said. “Wherever the ball is, I can get to it. Ever since I played pee-wee football, I always had the ball somehow. I always made a way to get it into my hands.”
Wilson is also receiving interest from Purdue, Tennessee, Nebraska and Penn State and plans on attending MSU’s junior day with Smith on Feb. 27.
The fact that Wilson and Smith would take a visit together is no surprise, considering the two have been best friends since they met while playing for the same team in middle school. Playing for the same college was something the pair discussed then, as many kids do, but they’re still serious about it. So serious, in fact, they now send a combined highlight tape to potential schools.
Aside from MSU, they share offers from Toledo and Indiana while Smith has additional offers from North Carolina, Kent State, Akron and Miami (Ohio). Given the fact that it’s very early in the recruiting process and plans often changed, is it possible Wilson and Smith could go their separate ways in 2012?
“I don’t see it happening,” Smith said. “Everybody I talk to, I just let them know we’re going to the same school … We’ve been planning it since we were younger , so we’ve always wanted to do this. We just let coaches know and everything.”
Aside from Smith, Wilson said one of the biggest factors in his recruitment will be the chance to compete for playing time as a freshman.
“I noticed that I think I might have a chance of coming in (at MSU) and playing my freshman year,” Wilson said. “I want to try to come in as a freshman and get some playing time.”
Wilson also listed academics as a big part of the process, while Smith added they would like to visit Toledo and Tennessee in the near future. Smith also shared some early thoughts on where he is leaning and, as always with these two, there is no ‘I’ in college.
“(MSU) is definitely in the top five and we really like Ohio State,” Smith said. “We really like Michigan, really like Tennessee, USC, North Carolina. There’s a lot of schools out there we really do like, but Michigan State is in the top five.”