September 29, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio enters stadium with team prior to a game at Spartan Stadium against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Recruiting: Michigan State football in lead for elite 2014 safety

According to Jared Shanker of ESPN’s RecruitingNation, 2014 safety Dameon Willis, Jr. from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland has placed Michigan State and Michigan in his top two.

Willis, Jr. is yet to receive a scholarship from either school, but believes both of the schools would be perfect landing spots for him.

“I’ve got a lot of family up there.” Willis, Jr. told Shanker. “I like the Big House, always loved it, and there’s just something about that [Michigan State] green. I love that green.”

Willis, Jr. will take an official visit for the Michigan State and Michigan game on Oct. 20 in Ann Arbor and believes he will make his final decision on which school to attend based on how his visit turns out.

It’s unfortunate the Spartans are not the host team for the Michigan game this season because the Wolverines will have an advantage with Willis, Jr. on its visiting list, the spectacle of the Big House in full-force and, most likely, the better team after the final seconds tick off the scoreboard.

Shanker believes that Willis, Jr. is one of the top recruiting prospects of the 2014 class, so there is no doubt that Michigan State will offer the Cleveland safety. It is more of a question of when, not if.

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