The news has slowed, as expected, when it comes to Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class.
The Spartans signed all 20 players verbally committed to the class on Dec. 20. Then came the holidays, bringing a lull to the action. They still have what coach Mark Dantonio identified as “a couple” spots left in the class that they intend to fill, but the next signing opportunity won’t come around until Feb. 7.
Now that the season has ended, Dantonio and his staff can devote more time to landing those last couple prospects. Look for a defensive lineman and a wide receiver to round things out.
With that in mind, we bring you our weekly update on Michigan State recruiting and where the Spartans’ class stands.
Where the Michigan State 2018 recruiting class ranks
Michigan State’s 20-player 2018 class ranks No. 26 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite system. Four members of the class carry 4-star ratings.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
Not much happened with the 2018 class this week, but there sure was a lot of action in the 2019 group. These are the headlines.
Julian Barnett commits to Michigan State football: Spartans land 4-star CB for 2019
Michigan State recruiting: 4-star CB Julian Barnett’s commitment, where he fits, what it means
Michigan State recruiting: 4-star CB Julian Barnett breaks down commitment to Spartans
Michigan State recruiting: 2019 athlete Jordan Huff commits to Spartans
Michigan State recruiting: Jordan Huff breaks down commitment, where he fits with Spartans
Michigan State recruiting: Several Spartans named to USA Today all-state teams
Michigan State recruiting: Early enrollees Alexander, Major bring athleticism, intelligence at WR
Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 234
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 100
- In-state recruits offered: 18
- Georgia recruits offered: 43
- Ohio recruits offered: 28
Michigan State 2018 signees
- QB Theo Day, 4 stars, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
- CB Kalon Gervin, 4 stars, Detroit Cass Tech
- TE Trenton Gillison, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- DB Xavier Henderson, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- WR Ja’Vez Alexander, 3 stars, Sandusky (Ohio)
- LB Jeslord Boateng, 3 stars, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
- RB Elijah Collins, 3 stars, University of Detroit Jesuit
- OL Dimitri Douglas, 3 stars, Saline (Mich.)
- DB Michael Dowell, 3 stars, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
- DL Parks Gissinger, 3 stars, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
- OL Jacob Isaia, 3 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
- DB Chris Jackson, 3 stars, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
- RB La’Darius Jefferson, 3 stars, Muskegon (Mich.)
- LB Chase Kline, 3 stars, Chardon (Ohio)
- WR Julian Major, 3 stars, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
- OL James Ohonba, 3 stars, Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.)
- DL Jacob Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- DL Zach Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- LB Edward Warinner, 3 stars, Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)
- DB Davion Williams, 3 stars, Belleville (Mich.)
5 top uncommitted 2018 targets
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Tommy Bush has approximately 50 offers and Michigan State was one of the first to offer in January. He was on campus the weekend of the Penn State game. The Spartans are battling teams such as Nebraska and in-state programs Baylor and Texas for the 6-foot-5 standout, who would be a massive pickup. Michigan jumped into the race with an offer last Friday.
3-star DT Jamarcus Chatman, Rome (Ga.)
He wasn’t supposed to be available at this point. He committed to LSU, then de-committed. He committed to Tennessee, then de-committed 10 days before the early signing period in the midst of coaching turnover. And he’s exactly what Michigan State is looking for. The Spartans offered in March, and the offer still stands, because defensive tackles coach Ron Burton made sure to get down to Georgia to see him at home when he re-entered the market.
3-star DT Jackson Cravens, Timpview (Provo, Utah)
Michigan State has brought in Jackson Cravens for an official visit, but he’s in no rush to come to a decision. He still has other official visits to take, with Georgia, Utah and Washington among the possibilities. Michigan State hopes his relationship with cousin and Spartans TE/DE Mufi Hill-Hunt will help draw him to East Lansing.
3-star WR Jalen Nailor, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Michigan State offered Jalen Nailor way back, but it never looked like the Spartans had a particularly great shot until just recently. That’s because he de-committed from Arizona State after the Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham. Now the speedster looks like a possible pickup to round out the class. You can bet his teammate, Jacob Isaia, would like to see him in green.
4-star DT Tennessee Pututau, Salt Lake City East
Before his official visit, it didn’t look like Michigan State had much of a shot with Tennessee Pututau, either. After all, he’s got a brother playing for Utah, and two more signed with the Utes. But the trip to Michigan State put the Spartans in more serious consideration for his commitment. It still looks like a long shot, but there’s a chance.
2018 position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of Michigan State signees by position and how many project to sign at each position:
- QB: 1/1 (Day)
- RB: 2/2 (Collins, Jefferson)
- WR: 2/3 (Alexander, Major)
- TE: 1/1 (Gillison)
- OL: 3/3 (Douglas, Isaia, Ohonba)
- DL: 3/4 (Gissinger, J. Slade, Z. Slade)
- LB: 3/3 (Boateng, Kline, Warinner)
- DB: 5/5 (Dowell, Gervin, Henderson, Jackson, Williams)
2018 geographical breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of Michigan State’s signees by state:
- Ohio: 9 (Alexander, Boateng, Dowell, Gillison, Henderson, Kline, J. Slade, Z. Slade, Warinner)
- Michigan: 6 (Collins, Day, Douglas, Gervin, Jefferson, Williams)
- Georgia: 2 (Jackson, Ohonba)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Nevada: 1 (Isaia)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)