National Signing Day 2018 is on Wednesday. Much of the excitement of years past was taken by the early signing period in December, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
Michigan State has been involved in a handful of wide receivers and defensive linemen down the stretch as it looks to close out its class, which already has 20 signees. With that, these are Land of 10’s predictions of which programs those final targets will choose on Wednesday.
*Note: All player ratings and rankings are based on the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
3-star Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International DE Habakkuk Baldonado
This one could go several different ways, as Habakkuk Baldonado has had a wide array of schools going after him for the last month. The defensive end could end up at Michigan State, which stood out to him because of the coaching staff and the other people he met. He might choose Central Florida because it was one of the earliest schools to go after him. Or he could sign with Pittsburgh, which has been pushing as hard as any program down the stretch. I get the sense that the Panthers have the best shot to pull this off.
4-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) WR Tommy Bush
Michigan State’s acceptance of wide receiver Jalen Nailor‘s commitment effectively ended this saga. The Spartans waited things out as long as they could to see if they might have a shot at one of their earliest targets in the 2018 class, Tommy Bush. Ultimately it seemed a bit too unlikely. Baylor, Georgia, Ole Miss and Texas have all been trying to make a late run at his commitment, and MSU couldn’t wait much longer. Otherwise, it might have missed on Nailor too. Don’t plan on two receivers signing on Wednesday.
3-star Rome (Ga.) DE Jamarcus Chatman
At one point, it looked like Michigan State might have a fighting chance here. The Spartans offered Jamarcus Chatman early, then saw him commit and de-commit from both LSU and Tennessee. Upon the second reopening of his recruitment, MSU began to make a push for the defensive end. Chatman had an official visit scheduled for the final weekend of January, then cancelled it to check out Florida State instead. With that, the Spartans’ chances of making a huge late splash were done.
3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) DT Dashaun Mallory
This depends a whole lot less on what Dashaun Mallory wants than what Michigan State offers. The defensive tackle has not been shy about his intentions of committing to the Spartans ever since his offer over the summer, but he had to keep waiting things out. Mallory took an official visit in January after he got clearance to do so, then had to keep waiting for the green light to commit. It apparently hasn’t come yet. If it does, Mallory will be quick to commit and become the Spartans’ fourth defensive lineman in the class.
Prediction: Michigan State
3-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) WR Jalen Nailor
This is basically just to make things official. Like Mallory, Jalen Nailor took an official visit to Michigan State in January then had to sit and wait for approval to commit. Once he got it, he publicly pledged to the Spartans on Saturday. It would be a monumental shocker if he didn’t sign with them on Wednesday.
Prediction: Michigan State
3-star Salt Lake City East DT Tennessee Pututau
Utah landed a commitment from Michigan State defensive tackle target Jackson Cravens on Saturday, but that doesn’t put the Utes out of the running for Tennessee Pututau. He plans to take a Mormon mission trip before heading off to play college football anyway, so 2018 scholarship counts won’t play a factor in his decision. Pututau has a brother playing for Utah and two more signed to do so, which would seem to make this an obvious pick. Michigan State made a strong pitch and impressed him on an official visit, but the uphill climb was likely too steep.