The high school season has kicked off, and that means Michigan State commits are in action. Check Land of 10 every Sunday as we spotlight the top performances of future Spartans.
Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) cornerback Chris Jackson got his senior season off to a roaring start by returning an interception for a touchdown on Aug. 18, but he was the only Michigan State commit in action last week.
Now the other 14 players committed to the Spartans have gotten things going as well. Jackson picked off another pass in his second game of the year, but let’s look at three pledges who starred in their 2017 debuts.
QB Theo Day
High school: Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
Benton Harbor (Mich.) has been a feel-good story under coach Elliott Uzelac, who helped turn around a perennially losing program. On Friday, Theo Day and Divine Child didn’t give the Tigers much reason to smile.
Day completed 6 of 13 passes for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns along with 140 rushing yards and another score on 11 carries, per The Herald-Palladium. His performance led the Falcons to a 42-12 victory all the way across the state in Benton Harbor.
Day’s highlights give a glimpse of the accuracy that Michigan State likes so much and a lot of the legs he’s not particularly known for.
High school: Sandusky (Ohio)
We list Javez Alexander as a wide receiver because that’s the spot he’ll most likely play at Michigan State. But for Sandusky, he stars as a quarterback, and on Friday he ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another, per The News-Messenger. The Blue Streaks beat Port Clinton (Ohio), 41-7.
Alexander also made an impact on the defensive end by picking off a pass and returning it 57 yards for a touchdown. All that action happened before halftime, at which point Sandusky led 34-7.
With his speed and 6-foot-2 size, Alexander appears to have the physical tools to succeed as a Big Ten receiver.
High school: Walled Lake (Mich.) Western
Michigan State’s most recent commitment comes from Spencer Brown, a 4-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rankings. The Spartans see him as a tackle, and in his first game with a new team, Brown showed off his progress.
Brown has played primarily on the defensive line in the past, but he looked comfortable blocking for quarterback Sam Johnson, who has picked up Michigan State interest himself. The Warriors took down West Bloomfield, 19-14, last Thursday.
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