It's been three weeks since high school football recruits signed letters of intent-- and finally East Lansing's Issac Harper has come to agreement with Saginaw Valley State, a division two school in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Harper has to be about the best running back SVS has ever had in terms of an incoming recruit. He was pursued by Western Michigan and observed by Michigan State, but Harper's grades held him back for awhile and hopefully he'll be a good fit at SVS. He broke the all time area career rushing record last fall with more than 2,500 yards and he is a terrific college prospect.
Amazing that eight of the nine area girls high school basketball teams playing regional opening games on Tuesday were victorious. Only Olivet lost. In Thursday regional final match ups, some teams play each other. It's a league match up in class B when Waverly faces Jackson Lumen Christi at Vicksburg, 7pm tip time. Same time, a few minutes away in Kalamazoo, it's another league battle when top ranked East Lansing tries to make it three wins this season over Holt. East Lansing is 22-1 and a clear favorite in this one. The winners Thursday move on to the quarter-finals next Wednesday and then the semi-finals and finals will be played a week from Friday and Saturday at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
What an NFL career former MSU and Waverly High star Muhsin Muhammad is having. After 12 years in the NFL, Muhammad has another new deal with the Carolina Panthers. He broke in with the Panthers and played nine seasons before playing the next three with the Chicago Bears. Chicago cut Muhammad last week for salary cap reasons but his former team still thinks he has some gas left in his tank. Muhammad last played at Waverly in 1991 and for the Spartans in 1995.
Prediction. Tom Izzo's Spartans finish 3-1-- losing at Wisconsin Thursday. I think MSU will win by double digits over Indiana in the Breslin Center Sunday, then win at Illinois and Ohio State next week to end the regular season. The game against the Buckeyes will likely be a toughie though. But with seven home losses already this season, Illinois is ripe to finally get beat by the Spartans this time around.