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What an eventful week on the recruiting trail. Over the weekend, Michigan State football hosted a strong group of visitors for its game against Penn State. On Wednesday, Michigan State men’s basketball signed a five-player class.
So there’s plenty to talk about, and we took a few of your questions for the mailbag this week. Keep sending them in.
What are our chances with Tommy Bush?
I think it depends on how quickly the 4-star senior wide receiver comes to a decision. With his focus on the rest of his football season, I don’t anticipate he will commit anywhere soon. In fact, he said the decision might drag into January, so it’s not a given that he will commit during the early signing period. He still has more official visits to take.
I say that it depends on his decision date because the longer he waits, the more the luster of his visit to Michigan State will wear off. And since he lives in Texas, he almost surely won’t be making another trip north before his announcement. Michigan State would ideally like to lock up a commitment in the days following a recruit’s official visit, because that’s when the excitement is still present.
Michigan State has a solid chance to land Bush, but I wouldn’t say the Spartans are the favorites. They would have to pull off a bit of an upset to win his commitment over the in-state schools such as Texas.
Will we see any surprises before the early signing period?
If I knew, then I guess they wouldn’t necessarily be surprises to me. In recruiting, things change in an instant. One weekend can alter a recruit’s entire outlook on his future. So it’s tough to say what will happen. Four-star Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin has scheduled his announcement for Dec. 2, and he has been full of surprises.
To answer the question as best I can — yes. I think we’ll see some unexpected things in the next month on the recruiting trail, because that’s how this part of the year goes. Honestly, the most surprising thing might be if Michigan State doesn’t land at least one more commitment before Dec. 20. I think it will.
Which of the basketball signees will have the biggest early impact?
Foster Loyer will be needed at the backup point guard spot out of necessity, and he’ll earn those minutes because he’s talented. You might even see him on the floor at the same time as Cassius Winston, giving Michigan State a pair of knockdown shooters who can create for others. Just as long as they defend.
Loyer protects the ball and hardly ever misses a free throw. With those abilities, you might see him on the floor late in games as the Spartans try to secure victories. Having been a poor free-throw shooting team in the past, having Loyer is a godsend.
For a lot of these players, their early playing time in 2018-19 depends on which players leave after this season. Marcus Bingham Jr. might see some more action if Jaren Jackson Jr. heads to the NBA draft. Gabe Brown could get some more time if Josh Langford departs. But there’s still an entire season to play. Jackson hasn’t even played a single college game. It’s far too early to tell.
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