Michigan State Recruiting: Top 2017 football targets to watch

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Aug 29, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans center Brian Allen (65) prepares to snap the ball to Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18)(not pictured) during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The battle for four-star offensive guard Matt Bockhorst could come down to the two schools that have been showing the most interest in him up until this point: Michigan State and Ohio State. While Bockhorst is from Ohio and the Buckeyes seem like the easiest and smartest choice for a hometown kid, the Spartans have recruited well in the state over the years.

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However, Urban Meyer hasn’t been quick to let recruits leave the state without a fight. Michigan State has snagged some of the top talent in the Midwest from the state of Ohio, but more often than not, Meyer has made a late push for those kids.

Although Ohio State hasn’t offered the 6-foot-5, 290-pound guard from Cincinnati yet, it’s only a matter of time before the Buckeyes extend a scholarship and entice the high school junior with conference and national titles.

Bockhorst is a name that has been receiving more and more recognition this summer as he’s performing well in camps and making a push for offers. He is ranked No. 283 overall in the class of 2017 as well as the No. 8 guard, according to 247Sports.

Expect Dantonio and Meyer to duke this one out like they did for the 2013 Big Ten title.

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