In one week, the craziness resumes.
Since Dec. 18, NCAA recruiting has been in a dead period, restricting coaches and recruits to electronic contact. Face-to-face meetings, either on campus or off, have been off-limits to allow programs to focus on bowl preparation.
That all ends on Jan. 12, when the next contact period begins. From that point through Feb. 3, when the period ends, it will be a race between college coaches to land the 2018 prospects remaining after the early signing period. On Feb. 7, the signing begins again.
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
Coming down the stretch of this recruiting cycle, most of our news centered around the 2018 class. These are the headlines.
Michigan State recruiting: Spartans thrilled to add even more siblings in 2018 class
Michigan State recruiting to-do list recap: What Spartans accomplished during December
Michigan State recruiting to-do list: What Spartans can accomplish in January
Michigan State recruiting: 4-star CB signee Kalon Gervin talks Spartans turnaround, remaining targets
Michigan State recruiting: Unofficial football scholarship tracker, basketball signee stats
Michigan State recruiting: Tyrone Sampson and Spartans’ future at center
Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Remaining 2018 needs, 2019 class updates
Michigan State recruiting: 5-star OT Devontae Dobbs’ favorites, DL Jamarcus Chatman’s official visit
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 took an official visit in early November that left a strong impression. 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 Dec. 29.
3-star DT Jamarcus Chatman, Rome (Ga.)
Jamarcus Chatman 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 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)