Michigan State found itself on Jackson Carman’s nice list on Christmas Day.
Carman, a 5-star offensive tackle from Fairfield (Ohio) High School, announced his top-10 schools via his Twitter account Sunday. Carman (6-feet-6, 290 pounds) is ranked as the No. 8 overall player nationally by 247Sports.com, as well as the top-ranked offensive tackle and the top player in Ohio.
Merry Christmas ?‼️ Here is my top 10 ?? pic.twitter.com/la5XFlhCmB
— Jackson Carman (@Jackthejiant) December 25, 2016
“I guess, in a way, (rankings) are prestigious, but at the end of the day, they don’t matter,” Carman told Land of 10 earlier this month. “It’s nice. It’s cool for your friends and family to see your name out there, but at the end of the day, the college coaches are going to know who you are. They’re going to offer you based on what they think about you.”
Michigan State is one of one of three Big Ten schools on Carman’s final 10, along with Ohio State and Wisconsin. The other schools on Carman’s list are Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame and Southern California. The Spartans have just one verbal commit for the 2018 class at this point, 4-star athlete Xavier Henderson of Pickerington (Ohio) Central.
The Spartans have four offensive lineman committed to the 2017 class: Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) guard Kevin Jarvis, Cass Tech (Detroit) guard Jordan Reid, Perry (Massillon, Ohio) guard Matt Carrick and Dearborn (Mich.) tackle Mustafa Khaleefah.
Carman is the high school teammate of Michigan State commit Josiah Scott. Scott, a cornerback, will begin classes at Michigan State on Jan. 9 and participate in spring practices. The Spartans have also given an offer to Fairfield defensive end Malik Vann.