Spartan Commits React to Win
Riley Bullough
Riley Bullough
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Michigan State had a thrilling last second victory over unbeaten Wisconsin on Saturday night and many Spartan commits were there to witness the action. We caught up with two of the class' defensive stalwarts for their thoughts.

Michigan State has had a great two week stretch, defeating rival Michigan and then knocking off unbeaten Wisconsin in thrilling fashion to put themselves in position to play for the conference championship.

Southfield-Lathrup linebacker Jamal Lyles committed to MSU this summer and has since, continued to be recruited by other schools, but the 6'4, 220-lb senior says he is solidly committed and the night game at Wisconsin reaffirmed his choice.

"I thought the catch was amazing," Lyles said. "I think this will be a storied season for the Michigan State program."

Riley Bullough has been around the program quite a bit, as he has multiple family ties to East Lansing, including older brother Max, who starts at linebacker for the Spartans now.

Riley, a senior at Traverse City St. Francis, is a 6'1, 210-lb prospect making a transition to linebacker. His senior season was cut short by an injury this fall, but that did not keep him from making the trip to East Lansing this weekend.

"I was there. The game was awesome," he said. "It was probably the most exciting game I've ever been to."

Bullough says what he took away most from the contest was that his future team belongs on the field with the best of the best.

"MSU played great on both sides of the ball and really showed how they can compete with any team in the country."

Despite Bullough's injury, his St. Francis team, featuring younger brother Byron Bullough, is 8-1 and will begin the playoffs this weekend against Lake City. Lyles' Lathrup squad did not make the playoffs, but he finished with 135 tackles (19 for loss), four forced fumbles, an interception and two defensive touchdowns on the year.

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