Michigan State, if all goes according to plan, will ink a large 2017 recruiting class come National Signing Day on Wednesday.
The class, though marked by a number of misses on key targets, is set to include every 2017 prospect who publicly committed to Michigan State before January. It wasn’t until Sunday that the Spartans finally lost a player to de-commitment: newly-committed wide receiver Raheem Blackshear.
Headlined by four 4-star prospects in offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis, wide receiver Hunter Rison, tight end Matt Dotson and outside linebacker Antjuan Simmons, the 2017 class should have opportunities to make an early impact on a young MSU team.
Below is a list of each Michigan State commit in its 2017 class, including positional ranking, star rating, hometown and more. The Spartans could very well add multiple players on signing day, so we’ve included a schedule of announcements for Wednesday.
Until then, any non-early enrollees have just verbally committed, but will send in their paperwork to officially sign throughout the morning.
Michigan State 2017 recruiting class, rankings
|4-star TE||Matt Dotson||7||Cincinnati|
|3-star DUAL||Rocky Lombardi||13||West Des Moines, Iowa|
|4-star OG||Kevin Jarvis||15||Park Ridge, Ill.|
|4-star OLB||Antjuan Simmons||19||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|3-star OG||Jordan Reid||21||Detroit|
|3-star SDE||Jacub Panasiuk||24||Roselle, Ill.|
|3-star RB||Weston Bridges||32||Akron, Ohio|
|3-star OG||Matt Carrick||38||Massillon, Ohio|
|3-star WDE||Lashawn Paulino-Bell||42||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|4-star WR||Hunter Rison||45||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|3-star S||Dominique Long||51||Westerville, Ohio|
|3-star ATH||Connor Heyward||52||Suwanee, Ga.|
|3-star WR||Cody White||56||Walled Lake, Mich.|
|3-star TE||Jack Camper||75||Virginia Beach, Va.|
|3-star OLB||Darien Clemons||78||Piqua, Ohio|
|3-star WDE||Donovan Winter||79||Orlando, Fla.|
|3-star OT||Mustafa Khaleefah||97||Dearborn, Mich.|
|3-star CB||Josiah Scott||100||Fairfield, Ohio|
|3-star SDE||DeAri Todd||100||Lorain, Ohio|
|3-star OLB||Noah Harvey||103||Hartland, Wisc.|
|3-star WR||C.J. Hayes||166||Bowling Green, Ky.|
|3-star CB||Tre Person||192||Atlanta|
What is Michigan State’s recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 3
5-star commits: 0
4-star commits: 4
247Sports composite ranking: No. 32
Big Ten ranking: No. 7
Michigan State 2017 signing day schedule
7:30 a.m. ET: Michigan State begins to announce its 2017 recruiting class additions.
8 a.m.: Michigan State cornerback target Ameer Speed signs with the school of his choice at Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Fla.) High.
8:30 a.m.: Offensive line commit Matt Carrick signs at Massillon (Ohio) Perry High.
8:30 a.m.: Defensive line commit DeAri Todd signs at Clearview (Lorain, Ohio) High.
11 a.m.: Linebacker commit Antjuan Simmons signs at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High.
11 a.m.: Offensive line commit Jordan Reid signs at the Horatio Williams Foundation in Detroit.
1:45 p.m.: Michigan State outside linebacker target Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah signs with either MSU or Notre Dame at Bethel (Hampton, Va.) High.
2:45 p.m.: Running back commit Weston Bridges signs at the Copley (Akron, Ohio) High. auditorium.
3 p.m.: Defensive line commit Lashawn Paulino-Bell signs at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High.
3 p.m.: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio meets the media for his signing day press conference.
3:45 p.m.: Michigan State early enrollees (Jack Camper, Hunter Rison, Josiah Scott) speak to the media for the first time as Spartans.
4-7 p.m.: Two-star cornerback Emmanuel Flowers announces his commitment during a Fox Sports West signing day special.
(NOTE: Signing ceremonies are typically done after prospects have already signed and faxed the official document.)
Michigan State National Signing Day preview, storylines
With 22 commits on board, Michigan State goes into National Signing Day with more answers than questions. But several key storylines will still dominate the day.
Will the Spartans land another running back?
The saga of 3-star running back John Lovett could be one that bothers Michigan State fans for years to come. He looked like a lock to the Spartans after visiting on Jan. 13, but he didn’t announce a commitment, and a visit to Baylor led him to choose the Bears.
Four-star RB Cordarrian Richardson flipped and flopped on Tuesday, but now looks ready to sign rather than holding off until he took an official visit to Michigan State. Do the Spartans have some tricks up their sleeves? Whom do they get to join Bridges, if anyone?
Whom do the Spartans add at wide receiver?
Michigan State made a pre-signing day splash by flipping 3-star WR C.J. Hayes from Purdue. With three receivers now on board, the Spartans still project to land another.
So it appears that the options with be recently-offered Laress Nelson and Jalen Tolbert. Both visited over the weekend. If Michigan State wants to fill the slot receiver gap lost with Blackshear, Nelson is the guy. But the Spartans have grown to really like Tolbert, and he has begun to look the more likely candidate.
What happens at cornerback?
Michigan State has a great shot at landing Ruben S. Ayala (Chino, Calif.) CB Emmanuel Flowers whenever he chooses to announce. He visited Michigan State on Jan. 20 and had planned to check out UCLA, but he ended up going to San Diego State.
If Flowers passes on MSU, another 3-star target remains undecided. Ameer Speed will likely end up elsewhere, but he has taken his official visit and is considering the Spartans.
And does Michigan State land Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah?
On Tuesday night, the Spartans made a splash by landing 3-star outside linebacker Noah Harvey, a former Bowling Green commit. But they still have eyes on Owusu-Koramoah, who plans to announce his decision between Michigan State and Virginia.