Michigan State football locks in official visit with Minnesota's No. 2 prospect

Michigan State's new football coach Jonathan Smith speaks to the crowd during a timeout in the
Michigan State's new football coach Jonathan Smith speaks to the crowd during a timeout in the / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

As Michigan State football inches closer to official visit season, now is the time when we will see the Spartans begin to fill those weekends with some of the best recruits across the country.

Jonathan Smith has taken a somewhat cautious approach to recruiting the high school ranks so far, but he is still making moves and getting some great recruits on campus.

We are still about two months away from the first official visit weekend of the summer, but we do know a few recruits who have already scheduled a visit.

Another player was just added to that list Thursday night when a very talented recruit from Minnesota, Abu Tarawallie, announced he would be coming to East Lansing.

Abu Tarawallie is a three-star defensive lineman from Osseo, Minn. He is one of the top recruits from Minnesota, currently ranked No. 2 overall according to 247Sports. He is also the No. 655 player in the entire class and No. 66 at his position. Tarawallie is 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, so he already has the size to play at the Power Five level.

As you would probably guess with any of the top recruits from Minnesota, the Gophers are firmly in the race in Tarawallie's recruitment as well. Minnesota appears to be the leader in his recruitment as On3 gives the Gophers a 75.2% chance of landing him. There are, however, no official predictions in his recruitment yet, so the Spartans have as good of a chance as anyone.

Tarawallie will be taking an official visit to Michigan State the weekend of June 7. He will then take his second official visit the following weekend to Minnesota. Those are the only official visits scheduled by him so far, so it does appear to be a race between the Gophers and Spartans so far.

If it truly is a battle between MSU and Minnesota, I think MSU has to love its chances. Sure Tarawallie is from Minnesota so there's always the chance he wants to stay close to home, but Michigan isn't too far away. Smith has proven to be an excellent recruiter so far, so I will never count him out in any recruitment.