We’re now less than four months away from the new December signing period.
OK, it’s not necessarily a significant marker, but we’re inching closer to the Dec. 20-22 period nonetheless. College coaches still can’t meet with prospects in person, but you can bet there’s plenty of digital contact in the lead-up to the season. Soon enough, 2018 prospects will start to take their official visits.
Michigan State has 15 players committed to its 2018 class, with five to six more projected to join. So let’s take our weekly look at where things stand and where they’re headed.
Where the Michigan State recruiting class ranks
Michigan State’s 2018 class has 15 commitments and ranks No. 35 in the nation and No. 7 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Three members of the class carry 4-star ratings.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
Not a whole lot has happened. No recruits have been on campus and the Spartans have been working quietly to reel in more 2018 prospects. The primary goal right now is to get top targets scheduled for official visits in the fall.
However, the Spartans will have a shot to make a splash when 4-star Hopewell (Va.) running back Ronnie Walker announces his decision on Monday. He’s down to Michigan State, Indiana and Virginia.
All of those who are committed to Michigan State appear to be solid.
Though much of the news has revolved around basketball, we did hear from football prospects on whom Michigan State fans should keep an eye going forward.
Michigan State recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 229
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 97
- In-state recruits offered: 17
- Georgia recruits offered: 42
- Ohio recruits offered: 28
Michigan State commits
- QB Theo Day, 4 stars, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
- TE Trenton Gillison, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- DB Xavier Henderson, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- LB Jeslord Boateng, 3 stars, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
- OL Dimitri Douglas, 3 stars, Saline (Mich.)
- DB Michael Dowell, 3 stars, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
- DL Parks Gissinger, 3 stars, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
- DB Chris Jackson, 3 stars, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
- LB Chase Kline, 3 stars, Chardon (Ohio)
- WR Julian Major, 3 stars, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
- DL Jacob Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- DL Zachary Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- LB Edward Warinner, 3 stars, Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)
- DB Davion Williams, 3 stars, Belleville (Mich.)
- WR Javez Alexander, 2 stars, Sandusky (Ohio)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Tommy Bush’s recruitment has grown to the point he has approximately 50 offers. Michigan State became one of the first to offer in January. The Spartans hope to receive one of his five official visits but will have to beat out other suitors to get it.
3-star RB Elijah Collins, University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.)
Elijah Collins is the first running back on this list, although he potentially could end up playing linebacker for the Spartans. He visited Michigan State on July 31 as the home state team looks to solidify its class by landing its first projected RB. The Spartans have had Collins on their radar since early in his high school career.
4-star RB Harold Joiner, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
Harold Joiner previously listed Michigan State as his favorite, but that had more to do with the dearth of running backs on its depth chart than his relationship with the program. Should he get to campus for an official visit, as reports have him doing in late September for the Notre Dame game, that could change.
3-star DT Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Dashaun Mallory has been nearing a decision for quite some time, with the Spartans leading the way. Though projected as a tackle, Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton has spoken with him about a hybrid role. Either way, he would be a solid pickup.
3-star OL Jacob Isaia, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Jacob Isaia, the grandson of Michigan State legend Bob Apisa, has long felt a close connection to the Spartans and has visited several times. He will be on campus again in late September for the Big Ten opener against Iowa. Offensive line has not been a primary focus in the class, but Isaia would be a good addition for the interior.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commitments by position and how many the Spartans project to sign at each position:
- QB: 1/1 (Day)
- RB: 0/1
- WR: 2/3 (Alexander, Major)
- TE: 1/1 (Gillison)
- OL: 1/3 (Douglas)
- DL: 3/4 (Gissinger, J. Slade, Z. Slade)
- LB: 3/4 (Boateng, Kline, Warinner)
- DB: 4/4 (Dowell, Henderson, Jackson, Williams)
Here’s a breakdown of Michigan State’s commits by state:
- Ohio: 9 (Alexander, Boateng, Dowell, Gillison, Henderson, Kline, J. Slade, Z. Slade, Warinner)
- Michigan: 3 (Day, Douglas, Williams)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Georgia: 1 (Jackson)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)
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