Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Strengths of 2018 recruiting class, chances with Tommy Bush
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We’ve got less than a week to go before National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Compared to years past, it could be quiet, considering Michigan State signed 20 players during the new early signing period. Still, some areas of need remain, and the Spartans might not end up filling them until the morning of the big day.
So let’s get to your questions and our responses about the future of Michigan State football.
Will any recruits leave as a result of the recent events at Michigan State?
At this point, it doesn’t look like it. Michigan State already had 20 players signed to its 2018 football class and five players signed to its 2018 men’s basketball class. If the coaches remain in place, there’s no reason any of them would even be allowed to back out ― and there’s been no indication that any want to.
As for the four players committed to the 2019 class, there’s been little said on social media or to the press. When asked about the situation at Michigan State, tackle commit Spencer Brown declined to comment. After coach Mark Dantonio flatly denied any mishandling of allegations of sexual assault and violence against women, rumors that he would step down quickly subsided.
What are the strongest positions in the recruiting classes to come?
When you take a look at what Michigan State is bringing to its secondary in the 2018 class, there’s plenty of reason for fans to be optimistic. Chris Jackson and Davion Williams bring plenty of length and athleticism at cornerback, while Kalon Gervin is a polished CB for someone who’s never played a college snap. Xavier Henderson and Michael Dowell are versatile players who will likely end up at safety. Henderson could play quite early.
On offense, the running back duo signed by the Spartans could be an exciting one down the road. La’Darius Jefferson was an explosive quarterback at Muskegon (Mich.) and put together one of the best high school careers in state history. Elijah Collins impresses with his changes of direction and the bursts of speed that follow them. Both are explosive, physical players with good size who have the Michigan State coaches excited.
Any news on Tommy Bush?
For those who don’t know, Tommy Bush is a Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) senior wideout and a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings. Michigan State has been on him for a long time, making sure to leave a spot open for him in case he ultimately chooses to sign with the Spartans. Plenty of schools on his offer list have come and gone, but the Spartans have remained.
Baylor, Georgia and Texas also have stayed on him, though, and Ole Miss recently made a push for his commitment. The Spartans are in a tough spot, having used an official visit on him in early November. But Bush did meet with Dantonio last week, and Michigan State continues to hold out hope.
The 6-foot-5 standout has been open but cryptic during the process, so his decision could be a big surprise. I think Bush will ultimately choose to go elsewhere.