- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan's game against UMass isn't the most exciting game of the season for the Wolverines, and it won't even be the most exciting game played in the state on Saturday. Rival Michigan State plays host to Notre Dame in what should be a great matchup and an electric atmosphere in East Lansing.
The Spartans have a long list of visitors for the game against the Fighting Irish. The funny thing is there are duplicate names on Michigan's visitor list.
How is that possible? Since Ann Arbor is only roughly an hour and a half drive from East Lansing and Michigan's game has a 3:30 p.m. start time, there are a few prospects who are going to double dip and hit up both contests. The Spartans kick off around 8 so it should give the recruits enough time to pull it off.
Detroit Loyola defensive end Malik McDowell and a few of the Detroit Cass Tech prospects, including 2014 teammates Damon Webb, William White and Gary Hosey, will be a few of the targets visiting both schools.
"I just want to see both schools and talk to both coaches," Webb said.
Simple as that, and why not take advantage of doing both in one day?
Michigan will have its usual slew of committed prospects on hand for the game against the Minutemen. The Wolverines’ commits are all excellent recruiters as well, so that’s another plus in Michigan’s corner.
This is a big deal for Michigan as it is almost stealing some thunder from the Spartans big day. It's an excellent recruiting event for Michigan State, but Mark Dantonio and his staff will now have to share it with the Wolverines for some of the top in-state talent. McDowell and Webb hold offers from both schools, so it adds that much more to the day.
It definitely won't take away from the atmosphere in East Lansing on Saturday night, but it is somewhat of a negating factor for the Spartans. Depending on the result on the field between Michigan State and Notre Dame, it could be an interesting weekend as far as in-state recruiting goes.
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