Michigan State currently has the nation’s No. 35 recruiting class and the seventh-best in the Big Ten, per the 247Sports composite rankings. The Spartans have 15 commitments and have been at that number since July 29.
Coach Mark Dantonio said in late July that he and his staff likely will aim for 20 or 21 prospects in the class. How will the Spartans fill out the rest of their class on the offensive side of the ball? Here are Land of 10’s latest projections:
* indicates current commitment
QB: Theo Day*
Michigan State landed its quarterback of the class in February, and Theo Day has since elevated himself to a 4-star prospect. Georgia offered later on, but the Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child signal caller has long wanted to attend Michigan State and looks as likely as ever to do so.
RB: Elijah Collins
Michigan State has been working on the 3-star University of Detroit Jesuit athlete for years. Elijah Collins has been a dominant force for his team so far this season and seems more focused on that than rushing to take official visits. He would have a good chance to play early at Michigan State, because the Spartans could have very little depth at the position next season.
Michigan State looks headed for a two-running back class, and DeMarcus Townsend seems the most likely to join behind Collins. Should more players at the position be offered, that could change. Before Townsend has a chance of committing, he’ll need to visit, which the 3-star Palmetto Ridge (Naples, Fla.) senior said he plans to do soon.
WR: Julian Major*
Michigan State’s most recent commit announced his decision in late July while on a visit to East Lansing. Julian Major hails from Pittsburgh but was not offered by the Panthers and former MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Future offers could change things, but there’s no indication that the 3-star prospect is wavering.
WR: Javez Alexander*
Javez Alexander committed to Michigan State as a little-known quarterback projected to transition to wide receiver in college. Now he’s a 3-star prospect … but is still listed as a dual-threat QB by recruiting sites. The 6-foot-2 Sandusky (Ohio) native gives the Spartans an elusive receiver with good size.
WR: Joe Wilkins Jr.
This spot is a tough one to predict because many of the Spartans’ top targets at wide receiver haven’t even visited. Wilkins is one of them. The 3-star North Fort Myers (Fla.) wideout likely will take an official visit during the season. For now, the Spartans continue to heavily pursue him, along with such schools as Kentucky and Notre Dame. Michigan State has also recruited him to play defensive back.
TE: Trenton Gillison*
A 4-star prospect from Pickerington (Ohio) Central near Columbus, Trenton Gillison didn’t wait to see if he’d get an Ohio State offer. He chose the team he felt had shown the most love and the place where his teammate, 4-star defensive back Xavier Henderson, also committed. Gillison is the Spartans’ highest-rated commit and a gem of the class.
OL: Dimitri Douglas*
Dimitri Douglas picked up a good haul of MAC and Ivy League offers in the spring, but once Michigan State offered, the Saline (Mich.) standout quickly committed. A 3-star prospect who could end up at tackle or on the interior, Douglas has the familial connection to keep him solid with the Spartans: His sister attends MSU.
OL: Jacob Isaia
This one has been a long time in the making. Jacob Isaia’s grandfather, Michigan State legend Bob Apisa, took him to campus before he was even being recruited. Now he holds an offer and will take an official visit for the Iowa game on Sept. 30. The Spartans have a great shot to land the 3-star guard from powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.