Another month, another mock class.
We’re fast approaching the next live period, which will see the remaining uncommitted 2017 targets (and some already committed) try to figure out which school is right for them.
So here’s our latest best-guess list of who will sign with Michigan State come Feb. 1.
West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley Rocky Lombardi (3-star) — Lombardi committed to Michigan State in April and does not appear to have wavered in his decision.
Copley (Ohio) Weston Bridges (3-star) — So far, Bridges is the only commit projected to play running back for the Spartans. He had a monster senior year that unfortunately ended with a torn ACL. But don’t expect MSU to renege on its commitment to him, as he’ll be in for an official visit this weekend.
Trezevant (Memphis, Tenn.) Cordarrian Richardson (4-star) — This would be a major coup, as Richardson is easily the top-rated remaining uncommitted back in the nation. He really likes Michigan State and will be on campus this weekend with more than half of the current recruiting class. MSU has as good a chance as anyone.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline Hunter Rison (4-star) — The son of former Michigan State great Andre Rison has enrolled early. Book it. He’s a member of the Spartans.
Walled Lake (Mich.) Western Cody White (3-star) — 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.
Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) Raheem Blackshear (3-star) — He’s got his offer. Now he just needs to get on campus, and he’ll do so Jan. 20. Though he said he’s still pledged to Temple, his recruitment is open, and he may well commit while on campus at MSU if a spot is still available.
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) Matt Dotson (4-star) — 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 (Bradenton, Fla.) Jack Camper (3-star) — Like Rison, he started classes on Monday. He’s not going anywhere.
Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) Kevin Jarvis (4-star) — The jewel of this class, but questions briefly surrounded the offensive guard’s commitment for no reason other than fans were worried about losing him. He quickly shot down that speculation.
Cass Tech (Detroit) Jordan Reid (3-star) — Not only has Reid been committed since July, he’s also 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 Matt Carrick (3-star) — 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.) Mustafa Khaleefah (3-star) — 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 (Roselle, Ill.) Jacub Panasiuk (3-star) — The brother of current Michigan State true freshman Mike Panasiuk, the defensive tackle commit has been vocal about how excited he is to continue the family tradition in East Lansing. There’s no reason to think he won’t.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Lashawn Paulino-Bell (3-star) — The defensive end commit caused a little bit of a scare with outside offers and visit plans, but he now looks as solid as ever.
Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.) Donovan Winter (3-star) — 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?
Roswell (Ga.) Koby Cumberlander (2-star) — This one seems the most likely, as Cumberlander has been very vocal about his dreams of playing for Michigan State. A DE in high school, he may well develop into a tackle in college.
Piqua (Ohio) Darien Clemons (3-star) — 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 Dominique Long (3-star) — Long 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) Josiah Scott (3-star) — Scott has enrolled early and become the first official member of Michigan State’s class of 2017 secondary.
Ruben S. Ayala (Chico, Calif.) Emmanuel Flowers (2-star) — Not only has he been building a relationship with the staff, but he’s also been getting to know a potential future teammate in Clemons.
Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge Connor Heyward (3-star) — The Spartans’ most recent commit is listed as an athlete who told Land of 10 he could play wide receiver, outside linebacker or safety. If he could contribute to the secondary, it would be great for the Spartans.