Michigan State's offer to in-state linebacker Jamal Lyles came as big news to the Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup prospect.
That's because Lyles has been very familiar with the Spartans for quite some time. In fact, he knows Michigan State better than he knows any other school. That has helped him to develop a comfort level with the school and the coaching staff, so the offer was a huge development.
"I've been to Michigan State, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh this summer," Lyles explained.
"I just recently got offered by Michigan State. It's a great school. I've been up there four times. I saw their spring game, I went to a practice and I've been to a junior day, so I've been able to see the school and the facilities a lot. Plus they came by my school. I probably know them better than anybody right now.
"I went up to Cincinnati with Devin Church, a running back from Brother Rice. We liked it up there. We got to meet the coaches for the first time and they talked to me a lot.
"Pittsburgh, I went up there for a Badger 7-on-7 tournament and during one of the breaks I took a quick little tour of the facilities. Their coach came up to my school, too."
While Lyles, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker, is most familiar with Michigan State he did note that he doesn't have any favorites yet.
"I don't have a top five or anything," he said. "I'm hoping to make a decision either before the season or after the season. It won't be in between."