If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a Michigan State coach. They’re too busy out on the road recruiting during the contact period that began Sunday.
If there’s one advantage to not playing in the Big Ten Championship Game, this is it. The Spartans can get face-to-face contact with their 18 senior commits and several more top targets they hope to add to this 2018 class. Recruiting will continue to heat up all the way until the early signing period begins on Dec. 20.
With that, we bring you our weekly update on the numbers in Michigan State recruiting and where the Spartans’ class stands.
Where the Michigan State recruiting class ranks
Michigan State’s 18-player 2018 class ranks No. 32 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Two members of the class carry 4-star ratings after former 4-star prospects Xavier Henderson and James Ohonba were downgraded.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
Michigan State hit the road soon after its regular season finale against Rutgers to meet with commits, 2018 targets and coaches all over the country. These are the headlines.
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Discussing in-state linemen, Kalon Gervin, La’Darius Jefferson
La’Darius Jefferson’s official visit, Spartans’ relationship with Buford (Ga.), new WR offer
Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 234
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 100
- In-state recruits offered: 18
- Georgia recruits offered: 43
- Ohio recruits offered: 28
Michigan State 2018 commits
- QB Theo Day, 4 stars, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
- TE Trenton Gillison, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- DB Xavier Henderson, 3 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- OL James Ohonba, 3 stars, Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.)
- WR Ja’Vez Alexander, 3 stars, Sandusky (Ohio)
- LB Jeslord Boateng, 3 stars, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
- RB Elijah Collins, 3 stars, University of Detroit Jesuit
- 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.)
- OL Jacob Isaia, 3 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas
- 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.)
5 top uncommitted 2018 targets
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Bush has approximately 50 offers and Michigan State was one of the first to offer in January. The next step was getting Bush on campus, and the Spartans did so for the weekend of the Penn State game. They will battle teams like Nebraska and in-state programs Baylor and Texas for the 6-foot-5 standout, who would be a massive pickup. Spartans wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel visited him on Thursday night.
3-star DT Jackson Cravens, Timpview (Provo, Utah)
Michigan State has already brought in Cravens for an official visit, but he’s in no rush to come to a decision. He still has four other official visits to take, with Georgia, Utah and Washington among the possibilities. Michigan State hopes his relationship with cousin and Spartans TE/DE Mufi Hill-Hunt will help draw him to East Lansing.
4-star CB Kalon Gervin, Detroit Cass Tech
This is why coaches keep relationships going even after prospects have committed to other schools. It worked with Antjuan Simmons, now a Michigan State freshman linebacker, and the Spartans hope it will pay off with Gervin, another in-state prospect. They don’t have a particularly huge need for another defensive back, but he’s the type of player for whom you make room. He plans to announce his decision on Saturday.
3-star ATH La’Darius Jefferson, Muskegon (Mich.)
It took a long time before Michigan State finally offered Jefferson one week ago. It only took three days after that for Jefferson to de-commit from Central Florida, where he had pledged as a quarterback. The Spartans want him as an athlete. It’s unclear whether he would step in at running back, linebacker or somewhere else, though he would prefer to play offense. Indiana recently jumped in to offer him at quarterback.
3-star DT Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Mallory loves Michigan State. That much is certain. Though Mallory is 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, but some hoops still need to be jumped through before a commitment can be made.
2018 position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of Michigan State commits by position and how many project to sign at each position:
- QB: 1/1 (Day)
- RB: 1/2 (Collins)
- WR: 2/3 (Alexander, Major)
- TE: 1/1 (Gillison)
- OL: 3/3 (Douglas, Isaia, Ohonba)
- DL: 3/4 (Gissinger, J. Slade, Z. Slade)
- LB: 3/3 (Boateng, Kline, Warinner)
- DB: 4/5 (Dowell, Henderson, Jackson, Williams)
2018 geographical breakdown
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: 4 (Collins, Day, Douglas, Williams)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Georgia: 2 (Jackson, Ohonba)
- Nevada: 1 (Isaia)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)
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