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Spartans Courting JUCO DT

The nation's No. 2 junior college recruit is evaluating his more than 35-plus offer options.

It's been apparent Michigan State has missed Jerel Worthy up front on defense this season, maybe even more than expected. Perhaps that is why the search is on to add two JUCO defensive tackles to the Class of 2013.

Could one of them be Marquel Combs from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California? The 6-foot-3, 305-pound standout has a 96 rating from 247Sports and was committed to Ole Miss for almost five months. However, some academic concerns forced Combs to de-commit in September and won't make a transfer to any SEC school possible. The nation's No. 2 junior college recruit is evaluating his more than 35-plus offer options – one of which is the Spartans.

"Michigan State defensive line coach [Ted] Gill came to watch me work out last spring and liked what he saw," Combs said. "Recently, their offensive line coach [Mark Staten] came out to see me and he liked what I did also. I'm waiting to hear back from them. I was supposed to visit to Michigan State this weekend but I couldn't do it because I have our bowl game this Saturday."

Combs has cut his list to a final seven of Michigan State, Cal, Kansas State, Kansas, Oregon State, Washington State and Iowa State. All he needs to do to pick up his Michigan State offer is visit East Lansing.

"I really like what I see from Coach Gill," Combs said. "I like what he’s doing with his players and what they do with their defensive line at Michigan State."

Combs has already taken one official visit to Kansas and is in the process of setting up the remaining four. Combs plans to enroll early at whatever school he chooses and plans to make that call in mid-December.

"I've been keeping in touch Coach Gill and Coach Staten," Combs said. "I'm also supposed to talk with Coach (Mark) Dantonio later on this week. I would like to visit Michigan State but I'm not sure when right now."

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