EAST LANSING, Mich. — On National Signing Day, Michigan State signed 23 players, its largest class since 2012. The Spartans inked four 4-star prospects en route to a class that finished right in the middle of the Big Ten pack.
Below is a list of each Michigan State commit in its 2017 class, which includes positional rankings, star ratings and hometown.
Michigan State entered Wednesday with three players — Jack Camper, Hunter Rison and Josiah Scott — already enrolled, then added 20 more. Three-star defensive end commit Donovan Winter’s arrest prevented the Spartans from landing the expected crop of 24 total signees.
Michigan State 2017 recruiting class, rankings
|4-star TE||Matt Dotson||7||Cincinnati|
|3-star DUAL||Rocky Lombardi||13||W Des Moine, IA|
|4-star OG||Kevin Jarvis||15||Park Ridge, IL|
|4-star OLB||Antjuan Simmons||19||Ann Arbor, MI|
|3-star OG||Jordan Reid||21||Detroit|
|3-star SDE||Jacub Panasiuk||24||Roselle, IL|
|3-star RB||Weston Bridges||32||Akron, OH|
|3-star OG||Matt Carrick||38||Massillon, OH|
|3-star WDE||Lashawn Paulino-Bell||42||Ft Laud., FL|
|4-star WR||Hunter Rison||45||Ann Arbor, MI|
|3-star S||Dominique Long||51||Westerville, OH|
|3-star ATH||Connor Heyward||52||Suwanee, GA|
|3-star WR||Cody White||56||Walled Lake, MI|
|3-star TE||Jack Camper||75||Va. Beach, VA|
|3-star OLB||Darien Clemons||78||Piqua, OH|
|3-star OT||Mustafa Khaleefah||97||Dearborn, MI|
|3-star CB||Josiah Scott||100||Fairfield, OH|
|3-star SDE||DeAri Todd||100||Lorain, OH|
|3-star OLB||Noah Harvey||103||Hartland, WI|
|3-star WR||C.J. Hayes||166||Bowl. Green, KY|
|2-star CB||Emmanuel Flowers||188*||Chino, CA|
|3-star CB||Tre Person||192||Atlanta|
|2-star WR||Laress Nelson||330||Ft Laud., FL|
*247Sports ranked Flowers at safety. He has been recruited to play cornerback.
What is Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 3
5-star commits: 0
4-star commits: 4
247Sports composite ranking: No. 34
Big Ten ranking: No. 6
Michigan State’s 2017 home-run signees
4-star OL Kevin Jarvis
The jewel of the 2017 class, Jarvis comes in with a body ready to contribute early on. He absolutely dominated all competition in high school at Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) and comes in ready to help fill an area of need.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s take: “(He’s) another guy I believe that can play very early in his career. (He) played defense, as well, for another state champion, the Maine South football team and represented his team. I think he had two sacks in the (state) championship game. Big talent at offensive lineman and tough. I think all of our offensive linemen bring that sense of toughness to the game.”
3-star DL Jacub Panasiuk
Like a lot of recruits who come onto the scene at Michigan State, he could end up as either an end or a tackle. He joins his brother, Mike Panasiuk, as a Spartans defensive lineman who will look to contribute as a true freshman.
Dantonio’s take: “I think it’s a statement when you have one young man from that family playing, and they make a decision as a family that that next guy in line will come here, as well. Extremely highly recruited guy. Really can transition speed to power. Big guy, 265 pounds right now, could be 280 by the time he walks in here.”
3-star WR C.J. Hayes
This would be a solid commitment under normal circumstances, but to nab him from a Purdue commitment on the day before National Signing Day is huge. In Hayes, the Spartans get a 6-foot-3 wideout who clearly sees Michigan State as his dream school, which is pretty invaluable.
Dantonio’s take: “(He’s a) big-bodied wide receiver, does a great job catching the ball in traffic, outstanding defensive player, as well. He has power in terms of hitting people, does not shy away from contact. We’ve seen him catch bubbles, catch the ball in traffic, catch the ball up and down the field. He’ll be a great addition to our receiver corps. Look for him to play early in his career here.”
3-star CB Tre Person
Time will tell, but Michigan State feels very good about Person’s chances of being a steal. Not surprisingly, Person quickly picked up offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia after the Spartans showed interest. Still, he ended up in the green and white.
Dantonio’s take: “Tre was very, very impressive when he came on the scene here, when he came up here a couple of weeks ago and made the decision to commit. We were very, very excited about it. I think he’s a guy that has a huge, huge, huge career here, as do all of our players, but I think there’s something special about that guy, as well.”