It was good day for the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday. First they landed SYF Players small forward Branden Dawson, and they followed it up by securing a commitment from his summer team point guard Travis Trice.
Coming into July Trice was juggling mostly Mid-American Conference offers, but that changed by the end of the month. Schools such as Richmond, Penn State, Creighton, Northern Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan State all offered.
The offer from the Spartans came on a Tuesday unofficial visit, and it led to a subsequent commitment from Trice.
"To be honest we didn't know going in if they would offer or not," said Travis Trice Sr. "Minnesota offered last night and we talked to Tubby Smith for 45 minutes, and he tried to get it done before the Michigan State visit. There was a lot of stuff happening, it has been a great run, but a lot of things have spelled out for us."
Trice Sr. continued about his son's commitment to the Spartans, "One of the last things (Izzo) finished with when they offered was they told him first and foremost he wasn't recruiting Travis to sit on the bench, there is an opportunity for him to play as a freshman. I knew they had called us, and they wanted us to get up on Tuesday, we knew that we were an important piece."
The decision to attend Michigan State wasn't an easy one, a Monday unofficial visit to Toledo really opened up Trice's eyes, and all the other schools had also done an excellent job of recruiting him.
"In all honesty, Michigan State is one of the top programs in the country, and that was great," Trice Sr. said. "It was hard because Travis had a great relationship with Tod Kowalczyk at Toledo, and I think he will turn the place around quickly, and it was difficult to say no to them. Tubby Smith watched him down in Orlando and that was a big deal, but we had to make a choice and we felt Michigan State was best."
Trice is the fourth commitment for the Spartans in the 2011 class, and a player that hopes to come in and earn early playing time behind Keith Appling and Korie Lucious.