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Trieu: Receiver Tyrell Henry, a Michigan State target, grows as leader for Roseville

By Allen Trieu  |  Special to The Detroit News

When Roseville’s Tyrell Henry ended his sophomore season, his coaches, teammates and opponents knew how good he was, but colleges had not yet valued him as an offer-worthy prospect.

By the time his junior year began, he was a high-major recruit with an offer list in the double digits and a clear target on his back.

That made him even more clearly someone coaches had to gameplan for when facing Roseville.

“He really stepped forward in leadership,” Roseville head coach Vernard Snowden said. “Of course, when you have a big target like Tyrell, he would get double- and triple-teamed all game, so he understood his role and knew there was going to be some decline (in production) a little bit, but we put some things in, put him at quarterback and wildcat and ran the option. It got his teammates more opportunities to step up, and Tyrell stepped forward with his leadership.”

Henry also had a chance to make more plays on defense. Known as an elusive open-field threat as a receiver and return man, he had a chance to play more cornerback this year, prompting some schools to look at him on that side of the ball.

“Right now, all of the talk as been at wide receiver for the most part,” Henry said.

“Certain schools said they might play him at both,” Snowden added. “Tyrell played safety and then moved to full time corner this year and he excelled there. He did both kick return and punt return, had an interception, one that he took to the house.”

Michigan State along with West Virginia, Nebraska, Kentucky and Cincinnati are the schools Henry says keep in contact with him the most. The Spartans have gained ground in this recruitment and now hold several analyst predictions on Henry’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, even though Snowden says he is a long way from making a decision.

“I would say Michigan State is very consistent with calls and texts,” Henry said. “They have been great about showing me parts of the school and making sure I’m talking to every single coach. They have just been showing the most love.”

247Sports ranks Henry the No. 18 junior recruit in the state.

Safety offer in Georgia

Marietta (Ga.) Walton junior Marcus Allen, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound cornerback/safety has added an offer from Michigan State to his list.

The Spartans join a list of 19 schools who have offered including Georgia, Florida State, Boston College, Duke and more.

Allen holds a 3.2 grade-point average in the classroom.

MSU target sets decision date

Wyoming (Mich.) Godwin Heights offensive tackle/defensive end Ru’Quan Buckley will announce his commitment on Dec. 5.

Michigan State is one of his top choices currently, but Nebraska is viewed as the team to beat. Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic has been recruiting Buckley since his Colorado days.

Buckley's top five, unveiled Friday, also includes Florida State, Cincinnati and Minnes

Schools have recruited the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Buckley on both sides of the ball.

More information

Tyrell Henry profile

Marcus Allen profile

Ru'Quan Buckley profile

Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at