Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Spartans’ next potential football offer and basketball commitment

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The academic season has begun. The football season has kicked off. College basketball previews are in full swing. That makes it officially fall, right?

As we inch toward Michigan State’s second game of the season, it’s time for our second installment of this weekly recruiting mailbag. Please keep sending your questions to the links above. We want to know what you want to know.

Recruit ratings: worthless trash or great indicator of future success?

Michigan State fans probably have a different viewpoint on this than many fanbases, considering how many 3-stars players it has developed into NFL talents in recent years. The ranking and rating of recruits is an inexact science, and it always will be. You can’t gauge how badly a player wants to be good, and you can’t predict which ones will fall victim to the injury bug.

But any study of recruiting rankings will tell you that this is the most accurate system we have. A 5-star prospect is more likely to make it to the NFL than a 4-star prospect. A 4-star prospect is more likely to make it to the NFL than a 3-star prospect. If that’s the case, these scouts are doing their job pretty well.

What positions do you expect Michigan State to fill with its remaining spots in the 2018 class?

As we’ve regularly discussed in our recruiting notebooks, Michigan State needs a running back. It probably needs two, considering how thin the Spartans’ group will be in a year if junior LJ Scott leaves early. They’ll already be losing senior Gerald Holmes. So look for them to bring in two running backs.

After that, Michigan State will look for a wide receiver and a defensive tackle. That would bring the class total to 19. And if the Spartans can land offensive line legacy recruit Jacob Isaia, it might just wrap things up. But Coach Mark Dantonio did leave open the possibility of bringing in 21 players, so don’t rule out another linebacker or defensive back.

Who will be Michigan State’s next football offer?

I’d anticipate it coming on the offensive side of the ball, specifically running back or wide receiver. These are two positions where Michigan State doesn’t look in particularly great shape to land its top targets. At running back, Elijah Collins looks like a Spartans lean, but who will fill the second spot? And at wide receiver, a lot of work remains to be done.

So look for the Spartans to potentially offer 3-star Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley wide receiver Kory Taylor. Michigan State staff will be in Ohio to scout the 6-foot-5 prospect during the team’s bye week and then will welcome him on campus a week later for the Notre Dame game on Sept. 23. He has plenty of other suitors who would make it tough for the Spartans, but they would have a good shot to land him should they offer.

Who will commit to Michigan State men’s basketball next?

For this answer, I would look to the prospect scheduled to take his official visit to Michigan State over the weekend: 3-star Ben Davis (Indianapolis) wing Aaron Henry. He picked up a Michigan State offer over the summer after having drawn interest for several years. At 6-foot-5, he has long arms to be disruptive on the defensive end and play above the rim on the other.

Henry told his coach early on that Michigan State is one of his two dream schools, the other being Louisville. If the visit lives up to his expectations, the Spartans should be in the driver’s seat. Henry likely won’t take long to decide after his Ohio State official visit the following weekend, if it even takes that long.

Have a question about Michigan State recruiting? Send them to the links at the top of this article, and we’ll try to answer them in a future mailbag. Have a question we may have answered before? Check out the previous mailbag entries here.

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