Trieu: Could Daylen Austin be Michigan State's next big catch from out west?
In the 2022 class, Michigan State was able to go out west and land a couple of recruits that would have initially seemed like longshots in quarterback Katin Houser and wide receiver Germie Bernard. They did the same in 2021 with linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote, a late surprise.
The Spartans could be setting up for some west coast recruiting magic again in the 2023 class as four-star cornerback Daylen Austin has set an official visit to Michigan State for the weekend of June 24.
Austin hails from storied Long Beach (California) Poly, a school that has produced many college and NFL players over its history — JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeSean Jackson and Willie McGinest as examples — but few of those players came east and played in the Big Ten. Austin is willing to leave the region, though, as he is considering Penn State and Nebraska as well.
He already came to East Lansing for an unofficial visit in January, experienced what Michigan is like in winter and is coming back now for an official.
“I like their team and how they play, and I’ve been watching them a lot this year. I saw the Michigan game and also watched their (Peach Bowl) game,” he said. “Michigan State is legit. That’s a very good program, and I really like how they play defense. I have real interest in Michigan State.”
A common thread among defensive back recruits and their interest in Michigan State has been the combination of position coach Harlon Barnett’s resume and having a head coach who is a former defensive backs himself.
“Mel Tucker is a great head coach and he works personally with the defensive backs,” Austin said.
In addition to Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska, Austin also named Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and USC as the other schools in his top eight.
With that many heavy hitters in his narrowed field, this is sure to be a contentious recruitment.
He plans to take official visits during his senior year and then make a decision following that.
Whichever school gets Austin gets a well-rounded player who made an impact in several phases for Poly's CIF championship season last fall. He was a willing participant in run support with 44 tackles, but also was an asset in coverage, as he intercepted two passes and broke up 11.
"We’ve had a chance to see Austin in several settings over the last year and he has always flashed for us. He has an athletic 6-0, 175-pound frame, long arms, is fluid in his movement and shows good ball skills and ball awareness," 247Sports west coast recruiting analyst Greg Biggins said. "He has improved his athleticism, and you can see it in the return game where Austin is a threat to make a big play every time he touches the football. He's a physical player as well, tough in run support and has the ability to develop in to a shut-down corner."
The 247Sports Composite ranks Austin a Top 150 recruit and the No. 16 cornerback in the 2023 class. He is also the state of California’s No. 11 prospect.
Spartans offer SEC transfer
Michigan State has offered a scholarship to offensive tackle Jazston Turnetine, who started seven games for South Carolina last season and three games for the Gamecocks in the 2020 season.
Turnetine entered the transfer portal at the start of May and since then has received offers from Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Arkansas State and more.
A native of Georgia, Turnetine spent two seasons with Hutchinson Community College before coming to South Carolina.
MSU offers highly-regarded young QB
Michigan State has offered a scholarship to Colin Hurley, a freshman at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, who will contend to be one of the top-ranked signal-callers in his class.
Hurley played on the TCA varsity as an eighth-grader, serving as the backup for its state-title winning team. He then stepped up as the starter as a freshman and led them to a repeat of that state championship.
Hurley is a strong-armed 6-foot-1, 213-pound passer who also carries a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom.
He holds 16 scholarship offers with Florida, Florida State, Miami (Florida), Georgia, Ole Miss and more on his list.
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 detroitnews.com.