Every week leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 1, we’ll give you an update on where Michigan State’s 2017 class stands. Not much has changed over the past few weeks, but the impending live period and signing day will surely lead to a flurry of commitments.
Despite all the recent recruiting struggles, the Spartans still maintain a strong 17-player class. Still, they hope to add at least four more players, and possibly as many as seven. That leaves quite a bit of work to be done in the next 26 days.
Where it ranks
Michigan State’s 2017 class is No. 28 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. It has occupied those spots for several weeks now.
Michigan State certainly hopes to land more top targets, but at the moment it has three pledges from 4-star recruits.
Kevin Jarvis: 4-star OG (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Matt Dotson: 4-star TE (Cincinnati)
Hunter Rison: 4-star WR (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Michigan State picked up its first commitment since July when 3-star athlete Connor Heyward announced his decision on Dec. 8. Heyward could potentially play on offense or defense. So, for now, we’ll just list him in a category of his own.
Michigan State’s top uncommitted targets
The following players would be massive commits, if the Spartans land them.
- Antjuan Simmons, 4-star OLB (Ann Arbor, Mich.) — The former Ohio State commit might head to Notre Dame in a de facto exchange for Irish decommit Pete Werner, but it won’t be for lack of trying from MSU.
- Jaylen Harris, 4-star WR (Cleveland) — Michigan State might want the 6-foot-5 wideout more than any other school, but that won’t make it easier to keep him from OSU and other top-tier suitors.
- Naytron Culpepper, 3-star S (Miami) — You’d think South Carolina signing two junior-college defensive backs would help Michigan State’s chances with Culpepper, but both are cornerbacks.
Breakdown by position
Ohio (6): Weston Bridges, Matt Carrick, Darien Clemons, Matt Dotson, Dominique Long, Josiah Scott
Michigan (4): Mustafa Khaleefah, Jordan Reid, Hunter Rison, Cody White
Florida (3): Jack Camper, Lashawn Paulino-Bell, Donovan Winter
Illinois (2): Kevin Jarvis, Jacub Panasiuk
Georgia (1): Connor Heyward
Iowa (1): Rocky Lombardi