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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Recruits react: Michigan State-Michigan

By Tom VanHaaren

Plenty of prospects were in attendance to see Michigan State beat rival Michigan in East Lansing on Saturday. The game was pretty lopsided, but in such a huge win for the Spartans there was a ton of excitement around the weekend.

Plenty of Michigan State commits were on hand to see their future team win, including linebacker Chris Frey Jr. (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington).

The three-star commit had a message to Michigan fans after the game.

Michigan fans.... Please get used to this feeling because you will be feeling this way for the next few years! #LittleSister #SpartanNation

— Chris Frey Jr (@Cfrey07) November 3, 2013

Defensive end commit Enoch Smith (Chicago/Mt. Carmel) also had a few words for Michigan fans, who have referred to the Spartans as their little brothers.

"Do you hear those chants....little sister, little sister," he tweeted, as the crowd chanted those words.

One of the bigger commits on campus was ESPN 300 wide receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic), who was on an official visit.

Lets go spartans

— Jamil Kamara (@JKamara1) November 2, 2013

It seems as though Pitt and Wisconsin are high on his list, but this visit might have helped Michigan State get into the conversation for the No. 269-ranked prospect.

ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman George Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) also made the trip to East Lansing. The No. 208-ranked prospect in the 2015 class said he enjoyed the visit.

Michigan State game was too live I loved it !

— MADDAWG (@MADDAWG_G) November 3, 2013

"The Michigan State game was good," Brown said. "Just seeing how excited the team was in the locker room after the win was great."

He wasn't the only ESPN Junior 300 prospect on hand, though, as Tyriq Thompson (Detroit/Martin Luther King) was also on a visit. Thompson, the No. 212 prospect, has an offer from the Spartans but hasn't yet been offered by his father's alma mater, Michigan.

He came away impressed with what the Spartans did to Michigan on the field and what he saw throughout the visit.

"It went pretty good. Watching Michigan State's defense do what it does to offenses is exciting," he said. "The atmosphere in East Lansing is great."

Thompson is an in-state prospect and will likely be a target for both programs. It's imperative for each to put its best foot forward with the in-state recruits, so this is always a big game for those prospects to see which team comes out on top.

"Every game has some influence on us recruits," Thompson said. "But when it comes down to it, somebody has to lose. Even without that win, Michigan State still appeals to me."

A few other in-state targets, including Detroit Cass Tech players Mike Weber, Joshua Alabi and Jayru Campbell, couldn't make the game because of state playoffs. That doesn't mean they weren't watching after their game, though.

Michigan Oline gotta pick it up to stay in the game. MSU defense coming hard though

— Joshua A. (@Josh_Ready) November 2, 2013

2015 defensive back John Kelly (Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park) was also in town for a visit. He is yet another in-state 2015 prospect who holds an offer from Michigan State.

Enjoyed my visit to MSU #GoGreen #GoWhite

— John Kelly (@D1JohnKelly) November 3, 2013

The way recruiting has been going, there were also 2016 and 2017 prospects in for the game, including 2016 linebacker Daelin Hayes (Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary's), who is teammates with 2014 commit Jalen Watts-Jackson.

Go green baby

— Daelin Hayes (@DaelinHayes_24) November 2, 2013

In the end, the visiting recruits got a chance to see an outstanding celebration and even got to see the Paul Bunyan trophy up close and in-person after the Michigan State victory.

The Spartans celebrate their 29-6 win with the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) November 2, 2013