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Search still on for defensive lineman
With little more than a week to go until National Signing Day, Michigan State still has as many spots to fill in its 2018 recruiting class as it did at the conclusion of the early signing period.
The Spartans’ class still has 20 members, all of whom signed on Dec. 20. But when Feb. 7 comes around, the program hopes to add some more pieces, specifically to the wide receiving corps and the defensive line. And the latter have been the highest priority.
Michigan State brought in Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory for an official visit from Jan. 12-14 and Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado from Jan. 19-21, both 3-star prospects in the 247Sports composite ratings. But none visited last weekend. Three-star Rome (Ga.) defensive end Jamarcus Chatman had planned to, but he ultimately traveled to Florida State instead.
If there is a sure thing for Michigan State at this point, it’s Mallory. He has long considered MSU his dream destination and would commit on the spot if given the green light to do so. He’s awaiting the results of what he was told after his visit is a “final evaluation.”
Mallory may learn his standing on Friday. He told Land of 10 that’s when coach Mark Dantonio is planning to visit him. At that point, NSD will be just five days away.
Right now, Michigan State has three defensive linemen signed to its 2018 class: 3-star Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) DE Parks Gissinger and 3-star Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) twins Jacob and Zach Slade.
The class currently ranks 29th in the nation, having steadily fallen this month as programs around the nation land commitments from their final pieces.
Newest offers extended
With the vast majority of the 2018 class completed, Michigan State has found more time to pursue younger prospects. Those efforts results in a handful of offers delivered since Friday.
Several went to Midwest prospects, starting with 2019 standouts Justin Britt and Craig Young from Indiana. Britt, a 3-star Warren Central (Indianapolis) junior, is ranked the 12th-best offensive guard in the nation. Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota and Purdue are among those to have offered. The Spartans had already offered his teammate, 4-star wide receiver David Bell.
Young attends Wayne (Fort Wayne, Ind.), where he is a 3-star wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 junior has already been offered by Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin, among others. According to MaxPreps, he had 367 receiving yards, 255 rushing yards, 6 total touchdowns and 3 interceptions as a junior.
Monday saw Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.) sophomore wide receiver A.J. Henning land a Michigan State offer of his own to add to a list with Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Syracuse.
The Spartans also ventured outside of driving distance. On Friday, the 2019 class’ No. 5 tight end Ryland Goede announced a Michigan State offer. The physically imposing 6-7 Kennesaw Mountain (Acworth, Ga.) star already holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State, among others. The 4-star junior recorded 21 catches for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, per MaxPreps.
And on Saturday, two-way star John Metchie of Saint James (Hagerstown, Md.) announced a Spartans offer, as well. Though ranked just the No. 106 wide receiver in the 2019 class, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and more have already offered.
5-star hoops offer extended
Michigan State is aiming sky high in the 2019 men’s basketball recruiting class. The Spartans’ pursuit of 5-star University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 junior in the nation, has been well-documented. Carey plans to use his first official visit to check out Michigan State on Feb. 10, per Zagsblog.
Carey is one of several 5-star juniors Michigan State is after, along with Keion Brooks, Alonzo Gaffney and Tyrese Maxey. And according to his AAU team, another one added a Spartans offer over the weekend: La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) center Isaiah Stewart.
Stewart, a New York native, is ranked the No. 8 center and the No. 25 overall recruit in the 2019 class. In 18 games on the 2017 Nike EYBL circuit with City Rocks, the 6-8 standout averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 55.6-percent shooting.
Michigan State has been a regular visitor at La Lumiere. Their star forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who won his fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award on Monday, played for the Lakers alongside one-time Spartans targets Brian Bowen and Tyger Campbell. Campbell, a 4-star point guard who named DePaul, Maryland, Purdue and UCLA his final four on Monday, has teamed up with Stewart this season.
Six of the seven 247Sports Crystal Ball selections on Stewart’s page predict he will choose Duke. Along with the Blue Devils and Spartans, he also holds offers from fellow top-10 teams Kansas, Purdue, Virginia and Xavier.
Michigan State men’s basketball signee stat tracker
Each week we check in on Michigan State men’s basketball’s 2018 signing class to see what the players accomplished. That group, which now ranks 10th in the nation and first in the Big Ten, had a weekend full of wins.
- Four-star Clarkston (Mich.) point guard Foster Loyer helped the Wolves improve to 11-1 by posting 17 points in a 61-48 win against West Bloomfield (Mich.) on Thursday. Many of those dimes were dropped to Wisconsin signee Taylor Currie, who scored 29 on the night.
- Four-star wing Gabe Brown and Belleville (Mich.) crushed Redford (Mich.) Thurston on Friday for an 80-37 win. Brown finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, per HometownLife. The D Zone documented his work on both ends of the floor.
Belleville's (MSU commit) Gabe Brown doing a bit of everything on this play. They were up by 20 at halftime when The D Zone left the building. @_Going_Pro_ https://t.co/jK1gPBw1HK pic.twitter.com/WADGStU916
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) January 27, 2018
- Despite 3-star wing Aaron Henry’s best efforts at orchestrating a comeback, Ben Davis (Indianapolis) fell 65-60 to Carmel (Ind.) on Friday. On Saturday, though, Henry helped the Giants to a 62-43 win against Crispus Attucks (Indianapolis) on Saturday by scoring 13 points, according to IndyStar. And reporter Joe Spears showed that the performance wasn’t all about scoring.
— Joe Spears (@joe_spears7) January 28, 2018
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