Rising star Jairus Grissom enjoys Michigan State visit, makes impression


Michigan State had one of its biggest recruiting weekends in quite some time, maybe ever, with the ‘Spartan 300’ kickoff at the same time fall camp began this past weekend. Top recruits from around the state came to East Lansing in hopes of getting to know more about Mark Dantonio and his elite program.

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One such recruit was three-star dual-threat quarterback Jairus Grissom from Robichaud in Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Coming to Michigan State was the perfect opportunity for him to meet some of the coaches, including QB coach Brad Salem, and talk about how he would fit into the system.

Although the Spartans have talented three-star Brian Lewerke coming in as a freshman this season and four-star Messiah deWeaver set to join the program next fall, Salem is recruiting Grissom as a quarterback, which, in my opinion, is a smart move.

The high school junior is the starting QB for his varsity squad at Robichaud and he passed for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for over 500 last season. He is ranked the No. 473 player nationally and the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the class, according to 247Sports.

Grissom, along with dozens of other star recruits from the 2016-19 classes, loved his visit to East Lansing on Sunday and had time to describe what stood out to him the most.

“A lot stood out,” Grissom said. “The coaches were very intense at practice; the players had a lot of energy and they made the practice fun.”

His favorite part, though?

“Their practice and their facilities,” he said. “The facilities were awesome. When I saw the locker room, I was amazed. I would most likely say practice, though, because it was very live and intense.”

The young recruit has yet to really see his stock take off, but one more season under his belt at Robichaud and you better believe that some of the top schools in the Midwest, including MSU, will be knocking on his door and blowing up his mailbox.

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Grissom is surely undervalued in the recruiting circuit, but he’s a name to watch for in 2017 as the Spartans are looking to add more athletic quarterbacks and he fits the description. The 6-foot-2 dual-threat can play both sides of the ball, and play them well.

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    Mark Dantonio isn’t one to pass up the type of talent that can excel on both offense and defense — just ask Tony Lippett, Lawrence Thomas and Montae Nicholson.

    Looking toward the future, East Lansing has a good feel for the junior. He even gets along with some of the Spartans’ top targets and commits for the next couple of years.

    “Yes, [I talked to] Hunter Rison, Ambry Thomas, Donnie Corley, Trishton Jackson, Allen Stritzinger and Jaylen Kelly-Powell it was great talking to them.”

    Asked about wether Hunter, the lone 2017 commit, has started recruiting Grissom yet, he had this to say:

    “Yes, he talked to me. Me and hunter are good friends.”

    It looks like the Spartans have gotten a solid jump on the 2017 class and one of the most exciting under-the-radar recruits has nothing but good things to say about MSU.

    “When I make my top five school choices, [Michigan State will] definitely be in my top five.”

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