We’re now fewer than 20 days away from National Signing Day.
The live period has gotten underway, and Feb. 1 is fast approaching. WWMT reporter Andy Pepper reports Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten is not in consideration for the Western Michigan head coaching position, which would mean the Spartans have their full staff for this month of recruiting. They’ll need all the help they can get, as plenty of work remains to be done.
Michigan State enters the live period with 17 commitments in the 2017 class and will look to add at least four more. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the important details of the class.
Who has taken official visits?
Michigan State has been selective with whom it has brought in on its own dime.
- Sept. 24 vs. Wisconsin
- WR • KJ Hamler • ★★★★ • Committed to Penn State
- Oct. 15 vs. Northwestern
- TE • Jack Camper • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- Oct. 29 vs. Michigan
- OLB • Jaquan Henderson • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- DE • Lashawn Paulino-Bell • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- WR • Hunter Rison • ★★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- CB • Ameer Speed • ★★★ • Decision date: Feb. 1 (National Signing Day)
- Nov. 12 vs. Rutgers
- OLB • Antjuan Simmons • ★★★★ • Decision date: Saturday
- Nov. 19 vs. Ohio State
- TE/DE • Tyler Johnson • ★★★★ • Committed to Arizona State
- Dec. 3, 2016
- CB • Yusuf Corker • ★★★ • Committed to Kentucky
- ATH • Connor Heyward • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- OLB • Drew Singleton • ★★★★ • Committed to Michigan
- DT • DeAri Todd • ★★ • Committed to Boston College
- DE • Kofi Wardlow • ★★★ • Committed to Maryland
- Dec. 10, 2016
- WR • Jaylen Harris • ★★★★ • Committed to Ohio State
- OT • Mustafa Khaleefah • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- CB • Josiah Scott • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
Who has official visits scheduled?
With a lot of work to do, the Spartans will be bringing in a lot of players during the live period.
- RB • Weston Bridges • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- LB • Darien Clemons • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DB • Naytron Culpepper • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- DL • Koby Cumberlander • ★★ • Decision date: TBD
- DL • Victor Dimukeje • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- TE • Matt Dotson • ★★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- OL • Kevin Jarvis • ★★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DL • Tyree Johnson • ★★★ • Committed to Texas A&M
- QB • Rocky Lombardi • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DB • Dominique Long • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- RB • John Lovett • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- WR • Oliver Martin • ★★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- DL • Jacub Panasiuk • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DL • Robert Porcher IV • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- OL • Jordan Reid • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- LB • Nick Smith • ★★★ • Committed to N.C. State
- WR • Cody White • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DL • Donovan Winter • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- Jan. 20
- WR • Raheem Blackshear • ★★★ • Committed to Temple
- OL • Matt Carrick • ★★★ • Committed to Michigan State
- DB • Emmanuel Flowers • ★★ • Decision date: TBD
- RB • DeWayne Murray III • ★★★ • Decision date: TBD
- ATH • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah • ★★★ • Committed to Virginia
- DB • Tre Person • ★★ • Committed to Georgia Southern
- Jan. 23
- RB • Cordarrian Richardson • ★★★★ • Decision date: TBD
Who has enrolled early?
Three Michigan State commits signed their Big Ten tender and started classes in East Lansing on Monday.
- TE • Jack Camper • Bradenton • Fla. • IMG Academy
- WR • Hunter Rison • Ann Arbor • Mich. • Skyline
- DB • Josiah Scott • Fairfield • Ohio • Fairfield
Those three will likely be around during the weekend to help the coaches and visiting commits try to land several more commitments.
Are any commitments wavering?
The top priority for the Spartans in this final three weeks has to be to prevent current commits from jumping ship. It’s easy to say that a class looks safe, but as Ohio State wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey’s decision to de-commit showed, anyone can easily reconsider a verbal commitment. And that’s how it should be. Players will be making a massively important life decision. They need to make sure they get it right.
At this point, no Michigan State commits appear to be publicly reconsidering, and a weekend full of official visits should further solidify their connections to the program.
What’s this week’s best guess?
Michigan State has a great chance to land 2-star defensive lineman Koby Cumberlander this weekend. He has been very open about his dreams of playing for the Spartans and the strong emotions that getting an offer from them evoked.
Who definitely won’t commit? Well, 3-star CB Naytron Culpepper said he won’t decide until he’s completed all of his official visits. Three-star DE Tyree Johnson likely won’t even de-commit from Texas A&M. And 3-star DL Victor Dimukeje has to head out to Pittsburgh early, so he almost certainly won’t either.
Michigan State has long been after 3-star OLB Nick Smith, but now it appears the Spartans might be more likely to land his Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) teammate, DL Robert Porcher IV. The son of a Lions legend, he lived many years in Michigan, which might satisfy his dreams of committing closer to home. Plus, the Spartans have other more likely targets at outside linebacker anyway.
Longtime target Antjuan Simmons will announce his decision Saturday. Michigan State looks increadingly like the favorite to land the 4-star Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer star.
It will undoubtedly be an active weekend for recruiting news, one that will shape the fate of Michigan State’s 2017 class.