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Friday, November 1, 2013
Recruits watching Michigan at MSU

By Tom VanHaaren

Michigan heads to East Lansing this weekend to take on in-state rival Michigan State. That means the Spartans get the chance to impress top targets for the weekend.

Here is a look at 10 prospects who will be watching this game closely.

DE Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich./Southfield): The ESPN 300 prospect is considering both Michigan and Michigan State, so this is a big visit. It looks as though the Wolverines might have the lead for now, so the Michigan State coaches have their work set out for them.

WR Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan): Another ESPN 300 visitor, Kamara has Pitt and Wisconsin ahead of the Spartans for now. Michigan State has a big need for receivers, though, so Kamara could see an opportunity to play early.

LB Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier): Hilliard is an ESPN Jr. 300 prospect and had an older brother sign with Iowa. He is a higher ranked prospect than his brother, though, so Justin already has plenty of options. He is making his rounds to a few programs during the season, so it's a good sign that he'll be visiting for this game.

ATH Brian Cole (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage): Another ESPN Jr. 300 prospect, Cole is an in-state target as well. This will be a battle between these two programs, and likely Ohio State and Tennessee, as well. Cole is a main priority in 2015, so this game could have an impact on his recruitment.

LB Tyriq Thompson (Detroit/Martin Luther King): Thompson's father played at Michigan, so the Wolverines are likely out front. The coaches haven't offered the ESPN Jr. 300 prospect yet, though, so he is still wide open.

WR Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic): Boykin is going to be one of the top receivers in the Midwest and should garner some big-time interest. He would fit well into Michigan State's offense and would be a good match for Big Ten defensive backs.

OL David Moorman (Northville, Mich./Northville): Moorman is starting to pick up interest from quite a few programs. He is a good-looking prospect in the 2015 class who could get offers from both these schools.

DB Ray Buford II (Southfield, Mich./Southfield): Southfield has some good underclassmen, and Buford is one of them. A 2015 prospect who could play receiver or defensive back, he should garner some real interest in the future.

WR Jalen Martin (Detroit/Chandler Park): It's never too early in recruiting anymore, as Martin, a 2016 prospect, already is taking visits. He should be one of the top in-state prospects, so it's a big deal for the Spartans to have him on campus.