Michigan State got a big boost to its 2017 basketball recruiting class Thursday morning.
Five-star forward Jaren Jackson committed to the Spartans, according to ESPN. Tabbed as the No. 22 player in the 2017 class by 247 Sports, Jackson picked Tom Izzo’s team over Georgetown, Purdue, Notre Dame and Maryland.
— Jaren Jackson Jr. (@therealjnari_) September 15, 2016
“I have done all my homework on each school … and discussed everything with my family, and the timing just happened to land on my birthday,” Jackson told ESPN. “When you have a Hall of Fame coach like Tom Izzo, it makes a statement about the program.”
The 6-foot-10 prospect is also rated as the third-best power forward in his class, and Jackson is the first 2017 pledge in Michigan State’s 2017 class. Jackson – a La Porte, Ind. native — took two unofficial visits to East Lansing, 247 said, one last October and another one last month.
The Spartans signed the third-best 2016 class in the nation last year. Four players were in that class including two five-star prospects in small forward Miles Bridges and shooting guard Joshua Langford.