Michigan State football gets massive visit from top 150 prospect

Michigan State football coach Jonathan Smith talks with reporters during an introductory press
Michigan State football coach Jonathan Smith talks with reporters during an introductory press / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

Michigan State football is getting ready to wrap up its spring practice schedule as the Spartans have one week remaining until the Spring Showcase.

One thing that Jonathan Smith has done that has really impressed me has been getting a lot of their priority recruits on campus for unofficial visits for these practices. This is a great time to showcase the program as a whole, from practice facilities to the campus and even how Smith and his staff run their practices.

In yet another example of this, one of the top recruits in the country will be coming all the way to East Lansing for an unofficial visit this Saturday, April 13.

Tariq Hayer is a four-star safety from Washington D.C. He is one of the best prospects in the country as the 247Sports composite rankings have Tariq as the No. 140 overall prospect. He also is the No. 12 safety in the nation as well as the No. 2 player from D.C.

Hayer has the size and athleticism that sets him up perfectly to be an elite defensive back. At 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds, he already has decent size for the position but has the ability to increase his strength and grow into his frame before college. He is also an overall elite athlete and is one of the fastest players in the class. He was a top 10 finisher in track and field both in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Speed is a tough thing to teach, but Hayer has an abundance of it.

Recruiting competition

Hayer has been busy making visits to other schools this spring so far as he has made recent visits both to Auburn and Alabama in mid-March. He also already has a couple of official visits scheduled later this summer to Maryland and Cincinnati. So it appears those two schools are some of his top choices, but there are still some spots up for grabs.

If Smith can make a good impression on Tariq this weekend the Spartans could be in line for an official visit with him this summer as well. There's no telling if there is a good chance of that happening or not, but him coming all the way to East Lansing on his own dime is a good sign for MSU.