2 weeks ago

Michigan State offered a scholarship to Venice (Fla.) cornerback prospect Steffan Johnson earlier this month, and multiple connections to the program might help the Spartans’ attempt to turn him from a prior verbal commitment to Rutgers. Johnson gave the Scarlet Knights his pledge in May, but Michigan State holds a commitment from his teammate Charles Brantley, and Johnson has two family members who played football at MSU.

Source: Detroit News

1 month ago

Michigan State moved quickly on Jake Renda with an offer in the spring, and the quarterback-turned-tight end developed a strong bond with the coaching staff and ended his recruitment Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Renda committed to the Spartans less than two weeks after being offered.

Source: 247Sports

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1 month ago

Gates, who is now 6-1 and 176 pounds with 4.55 speed, has already received offers from multiple Power Five teams, including Michigan State, Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Nebraska. “I’ve been talking to Coach Levy a lot about Michigan State and how I would fit in,” said Gates of new MSU player personnel director Sean Levy.

Source: Detroit News

1 month ago

Courtney Hawkins, the former MSU standout wide receiver from 1988 through 1991, takes over as newly-hired wide receivers coach. MSU is yet to land a player at the wide receiver position in the 2021 class, but Hawkins and company have their eyes on a few prospects. There is both some recent good news and recent bad news in terms of recruiting wideouts.

Source: The Only Colors

2 months ago

When Hampton Fay was in seventh grade, he had a class project that revolved around colleges and careers. It would have made sense if the kid from Fort Worth would have decided to focus on Texas or Baylor. Perhaps he might have chosen Texas Tech or even Houston. Instead, the young, aspiring quarterback picked Michigan State.

Source: Detroit News

2 months ago

Michigan State football commit Chuck Brantley thought he had everything planned out, but it had nothing to do with the Spartans. He was ready to pledge his future to Florida State before receiving the news that defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett wouldn’t be retained by new coach Mike Norvell in the staff turnover.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 months ago

The Spartans have 11 pledges in the 2021 class with many of their top targets still in play. While Tucker’s first recruiting class at MSU is off to a strong start, it is far from complete. Here are four things MSU must do to accomplish their recruiting goals in 2021

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 months ago

Nealy never visited East Lansing, which should be less of a surprise than him making his commitment without one. The NCAA and conferences placed recruiting barriers to prevent on-campus and in-person visits from coaches during the coronavirus pandemic. All 129 Football Bowl Subdivision schools are under those constraints.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 months ago

Wil and Matt chat about Gabe Nealy decommitting from MSU and then talk to MSU football’s Creative Director Derek Marckel about the awesome work he and his team have been doing.

2 months ago

Gabe Nealy, who committed to Michigan State sight unseen on April 12, has decommitted. Nealy, a three-star cornerback from Miami, Florida, made the announcement Monday night on Twitter.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 months ago

The spring is a crucial time in college football recruiting. It provides an opportunity for programs to bring prospects to campus and for coaches to hit the road and evaluate players. That didn’t happen as planned this year. The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the NCAA on March 13 issuing a ban on in-person recruiting and the dead period now lasts through at least June 30.

Source: mlive.com

2 months ago

Some of the early recruiting storylines in Mel Tucker’s tenure at Michigan State are the size the Spartans are recruiting at every position and their willingness to get into new areas the program has not traditionally recruited. Both of those philosophies can be summed up in one recruit: Arnaudville (La.) Beau Chene offensive lineman Devon Manuel. Manuel is a mountain of a recruit. He has offers from schools down south, but not from in-state LSU yet. The Spartans came in with an offer this month.

Source: Detroit News

2 months ago

Foster could be playing Division I basketball next season if he wanted to. He had two D-1 offers, from Akron and Eastern Kentucky. But he was aiming a little bit higher on the college basketball food chain. Instead, there will be an intramural basketball team at MSU that might land the player of its dreams.

Source: Lansing State Journal

3 months ago

“I figured with all of this virus stuff going on, visits won’t even get set up, and people will start committing even sooner,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s a business decision. I felt like Michigan State gave me the best chance to impact early, just with the circumstances on their roster. That had a major impact on it.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

When MSU offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic came calling, Wigenton listened. He spoke at length with Kapilovic and coach Mel Tucker, followed by a virtual recruiting visit on FaceTime. He cut his list of schools to MSU, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Maryland, then committed to the Spartans.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

Everyone has their own path. When you are from Flint, you make sure to build your own. Flint Powers head football coach Jerry Todd knows this sentiment better than anyone. “There is more than one road that’s gonna lead you to your goal,” Todd said, as he talked about 2021 MSU football commit and offensive lineman Logan Murray. Todd is a former walk-on who worked his way onto the team at MSU back in the 1980s.

Source: Impact 89FM

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3 months ago

It’s no secret Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker aims to recruit all areas of the country. In three months on the job, he has convinced players in six states and one player in Australia to join his 2021 recruiting class. He’s also in recruiting battles throughout Louisiana, Arizona, California and North Carolina.
Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

Securing 12 commitments from six states and Australia, and doing so while being limited by the coronavirus pandemic, Tucker has revealed his plan to reinvigorate Spartansrecruiting. “Expected them to have some success, expected them to get in on some battles and have kids consider Michigan State,” said Allen Trieu, who covers Midwest recruiting for 247Sports. “I did not expect, with not being able to get guys on campus, that they’d have double-digit commits at this point.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker and safety Michael Gravely Jr. share a connection that encompasses more than a new head coach and a key piece of his team’s future. What binds them immeasurably is they were both born in Cleveland, albeit roughly 30 years apart.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

Logan Murray is a two-star prospect that had scholarship offers from Syracuse, Liberty, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, and a number of FCS schools. He chose MSU over those offers and a walk-on offer at the University of Michigan. Murray is ranked by 247 as the 93rd-best guard in the class of 2021 and the 68th-best player in the state of Michigan.

Source: Spartans Wire

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