3 months ago

Michigan State landed its top-rated recruit to date of the 2021 class on Saturday when four-star offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark announced he was committing to the Spartans. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle from Montvale, N.J., is ranked the No. 160 player in the nation by Rivals.com and chose Michigan State over the likes of Rutgers, Arizona State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Nebraska after developing a solid relationship with offensive line coach Chris Kapilovik.

Source: Detroit News

3 months ago

Nashville Pearl-Cohn head coach Tony Brunetti has known Alex Okelo for a long time but has only gotten to coach him for a short period of time. Okelo, a 6-foot-6, 217-pound defensive end, recently gave a verbal commitment to Michigan State over offers from 11 other schools. Those offers came after he played his first season of high school football as a junior.

Source: Detroit News

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3 months ago

At the moment, Tucker’s 2021 class is ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the Big Ten and 68th nationally in the 247Sports rankings. And when you take a look at MSU’s uncommitted recruiting targets, that doesn’t seem too likely to go up much, with most of the prime candidates in the 3-star range.

Source: Lansing State Journal

3 months ago

In Okelo the Spartans have found an under-the-radar talent with huge upside. He’s the type of player Mark Dantonio made his hay on at MSU. He’s the type of player a new coach who is looking to start building momentum on the recruiting trail–like Tucker at MSU–needs to find and develop.

Source: Spartans Wire

3 months ago

Mel Tucker is dipping into the Volunteer state in his quest to build his 2021 recruiting class. Three-star defensive end prospect Alex Okelo out of Pearl-Cohn in Nashville has committed to Michigan State.

Source: Spartans Wire

3 months ago

It has been nearly four months since Kevin Wigenton committed to Michigan State. And the 2021 three-star offensive lineman from The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. is finally going to get a look at his future by visiting campus for the first time this weekend.

Source: mlive.com

4 months ago

Last Saturday’s Top 175 camp at Evolution Sportsplex in Auburn Hills was invitation only and featured two of Michigan State’s in-state commits, Detroit Loyola defensive tackle Derrick Harmon and Oak Park running back Davion Primm. Both have physically grown and both were among the top performers at the event, according to founder Reggie Wynns.

Source: Detroit News

4 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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.

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6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

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