Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Discussing in-state linemen, Kalon Gervin, La’Darius Jefferson

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With the regular season over and the Dec. 20-22 early signing period approaching, recruiting is about to heat up. We took your questions and answered them to the best of our ability.

1. Where does Michigan State stand with its in-state lineman targets?

As you likely know, the Spartans already have landed Walled Lake (Mich.) Western offensive tackle Spencer Brown, a 4-star junior in the 247Sports composite ratings. He will continue to be a great asset to the class because of his commitment to recruiting other 2019 in-state talent, including fellow linemen.

Don’t look for the Spartans to focus as much time on East Kentwood (Mich.) going forward. Four-star offensive tackle Logan Brown recently committed to Wisconsin, and 4-star defensive tackle Mazi Smith said the Spartans haven’t been showing as much interest as before. Five-star Belleville (Mich.) offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs and 3-star Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth defensive end Michael Fletcher remain top targets, though.

2. What school will Kalon Gervin to commit on Saturday?

I’m not big on making these types of predictions. It seems to take away from the excitement of a recruit’s personal announcement. When the 4-star Detroit Cass Tech senior cornerback announces his decision on Saturday, you’ll know. What we can do is provide a little context.

Michigan State and Oregon have the best shot to land Gervin. The Spartans have been working hard down the stretch after having recruited him before he even entered high school. Oregon took advantage of the chance to visit Gervin in home, but only cornerbacks coach Charles Clark made the visit. If Michigan State lands Gervin, it would be a fifth defensive back commitment in an already impressive class.

3. What position would La’Darius Jefferson play at Michigan State?

If he had his way, the 3-star Muskegon (Mich.) quarterback would stay at his favorite position, but that’s far from a given. Michigan State, per Jefferson’s coach, would give him a shot at quarterback, but the Spartans likely would have offered long ago had he been willing to commit to linebacker.

The happy medium, it would seem, is running back. Jefferson wants to play on offense, and if quarterback isn’t in the cards, running back would be the next-best thing. And Michigan State could use some extra depth there. If it loses junior LJ Scott to the NFL draft, along with Gerald Holmes to graduation, depth will be lacking. A second running back to join 3-star commit Elijah Collins could be huge down the road.

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