Football season is ending, basketball season is beginning and recruiting just keeps rolling on.
The coming months will be huge for both sports as programs try to land their last undecided targets before the regular signing periods. These predictions intend to shed a little light on how those efforts will go for Michigan State.
1. The football program will land multiple targets in December.
Let’s just call this statement bold based on the fact that Michigan State hasn’t brought in a class of 2017 commitment since July. A lot of that has to do with players not wanting to present a distraction during the middle of their seasons, but, at the same time, the way the season has gone has taken a bit of a toll.
Personally, I think the number of commitments could be at around three or four. Senior seasons are rapidly wrapping up. Several top targets (such as Connor Heyward and Jaylen Harris) will take their official visits in December.
Several won’t commit, as many of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitees have said they plan to commit at the game. That game takes place in January and includes, among others, 4-star defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey.
But many who have waited for the season to finish before they make their choices have now reached the end and are in the process of trying to decide on their futures.
2. Ambry Thomas will choose Michigan State.
Last month, when things looked particularly bleak, I surmised that the Spartans would not land anymore 2017 targets in Michigan. That’s certainly still possible, as just a few remain in play, but my thoughts on 4-star cornerback Ambry Thomas have changed.
If Thomas isn’t the Michigan State staff’s top priority, he’s very close. The coaches have consistently been in his ear, and it’s mainly been the head coach, Mark Dantonio. That’s a good indication of where a recruit stands in the eyes of the program.
Thomas had previously spoken of a desire to play alongside his cousin, 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who recently committed to Michigan. In more current interviews with Land of 10, though, Thomas has moved away from the presumption that they might be a package deal.
Why? Because Michigan State has really upped the effort put toward landing Thomas. The on-field struggles that could be perceived as a negative have been flipped and presented as an opportunity for early playing time. It’s an appealing offer.
3. The men’s basketball program will land just one more recruit.
A week ago, Spartans coach Tom Izzo sounded very optimistic. He had just signed big men Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman and had floated the possibility of bringing in as many as three more targets in the 2017 class.
There’s definitely room, as five players on the current MSU roster are seniors, and there’s always the possibility of losing others to the NBA Draft. But there won’t be enough incoming freshman prospects to fill those spots.
The two remaining targets with whom Michigan State has a legitimate shot are 5-stars Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy. There’s actually a shot both go elsewhere, as each hold are seriously considering Arizona. Multiple others are in the mix as well.
Fans have felt good about the chances of reeling in both recruits, but, at this point, the optimistic view might just be that Michigan State lands one of these players.