We’ve still got a long way to go until National Signing Day rolls around Feb. 3, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for a best guess at how this class might shape out.
Based on chats with prospects and analysis of the recruiting process, here’s a projection of what Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class will look like. Given how this season has gone and the impact it could have, does this meet your standards?
Have a look.
West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley 3-star Rocky Lombardi — Lombardi committed to Michigan State in April and does not appear to have wavered in his decision.
Copley (Ohio) 3-star Weston Bridges — So far, Bridges is the only commit projected to play running back for the Spartans. He’s had a monster year with more than 1,600 yards and 29 touchdowns so far and looks to be a lock to sign.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline 4-star Hunter Rison — The son of former Michigan State great Andre Rison, Rison looks destined to be a Spartan. Though he decommitted and recommitted, Rison just took his official visit and is solidly committed.
Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 3-star Cody White — White has made a point of getting to every Spartans home game and was even at Notre Dame for the first road game. He’s built a strong relationship with the staff and is just about a sure thing.
IMG Academy (Fla.) 4-star KJ Hamler — A teammate of tight end commit Jack Camper, Hamler is down to Michigan State, Arizona, Iowa State, Oregon and Penn State. Camper is confident the Spartans can land his speedster teammate.
Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) 4-star Matt Dotson — He’s certainly picked up interest because of his talent, but there’s been no indication that he plans to sign anywhere besides Michigan State.
IMG Academy (Fla.) 3-star Jack Camper — There’s been a bit of interest coming this commitment’s way, but Camper told Land of 10 he’s not going anywhere. He loves everything about Michigan State and does not want to go anywhere else.
Highland (Ariz.) 4-star Tyler Johnson — Johnson does not grant much to reporters, but based on how his father Bill Johnson starred for the Spartans as a defensive lineman, you’ve got to like their chances. He’ll soon take an official visit to MSU.
Maine South (Ill.) 4-star Kevin Jarvis — The jewel of this class, questions briefly surrounded the offensive guard’s commitment for no reason other than fans were worried about losing him. He quickly shot down any speculation.
Cass Tech (Mich.) 3-star Jordan Reid — Not only has Reid been committed since July, but he’s taken an active role in recruiting some of his younger teammates at Cass Tech, one of the state’s premier high school programs.
Massillon (Ohio) Perry 3-star Matt Carrick — The 6-foot-4 guard committed all the way back in April, shortly after he was offered, and has shown no signs of wavering from that decision.
Dearborn (Mich.) 3-star Mustafa Khaleefah — A 6-foot-6 tackle, Khaleefah committed in June before he had the chance to blow up at camps. He’ll be a part of this class in February.
Lake Park (Ill.) 3-star Jacub Panasiuk — The brother of current Michigan State true freshman Mike Panasiuk, the defensive tackle commit has been vocal about how excited he is to continue his family tradition in East Lansing. There’s no reason to think he won’t.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 3-star Lashawn Paulino-Bell — The defensive end commit has caused a little bit of a scare with outside offers and visit plans, but he responded very positively after a weekend visit to Michigan State and still looks solid to sign with the Spartans.
Bishop Moore (Fla.) 3-star Donovan Winter — Winter was offered by the Spartans in June and committed on the spot. What better indication do you need than that from the 6-foot-4 defensive end?
Flint Southwestern (Mich.) 4-star Deron Irving-Bey — Michigan turned up the heat in Irving-Bey’s recruitment, but the Wolverines have also been racking up defensive line commits. Look for the Spartans to grab a commitment from him as a defensive tackle.
Piqua (Ohio) 3-star Darien Clemons — Also a stud running back, Clemons tore his ACL in September, but both sides have stayed solidly committed since then. Good thing, as Clemons is vital to this class as a vocal leader and active recruiter of future commits.
Westerville (Ohio) South 3-star Dominique Long — Long has had an impressive senior season on a not-so-impressive team, so he understands what it’s like to deal with adversity like MSU has. He’s been committed to the Spartans since June, and it’s likely to stay that way.
Fairfield (Ohio) 3-star Josiah Scott — Scott shared on Twitter that Penn State had called him with what sounded like an offer, but he said he turned it down and is happy where he’s at, committed to Michigan State. Don’t expect him to sign anywhere else besides MSU.
Mullen (Colo.) 3-star Christian Cumber — The Denver-based cornerback has long dreamed of playing for the Spartans, per 247Sports’ Sean Scherer. After he didn’t commit to Wisconsin on an official visit, the Spartans will have a chance to woo him on a late November official visit.
Martin Luther King Jr. (Mich.) 4-star Ambry Thomas — Let’s end with a big one. Long considered a Michigan lean, Thomas loves the Michigan State coaches and has a strong relationship with Spartans receiver Donnie Corley. Look for the cornerback to shock some people by picking MSU.