Two months from Friday, college football recruits will put pen to paper on the first day of the new early signing period.
Michigan State hopes that when Dec. 20 comes around, every player currently committed to its 2018 class — as well as any others that have chosen the Spartans by then — will make it official. Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have 18 seniors committed with room still for several more.
Let’s take our weekly look at where things stand and where they’re headed.
Where the Michigan State recruiting class ranks
Michigan State’s 18-player 2018 class ranks No. 27 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Four members of the class carry 4-star ratings.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
Michigan State enters a big weekend for both basketball and football recruiting as it hosts Michigan State Madness on Friday and its homecoming game against Indiana on Saturday. These are the headlines.
Michigan State recruiting: Top performances from Spartans commits this weekend
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on offense
Michigan State recruiting: Hoops commit Gabe Brown updates health, plans visit; Spartans pursue 4-star WR
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on defense
Michigan State recruiting: 4-star PF to visit Michigan State Madness; D-line targets plan visits
Michigan State recruiting: Big weekend of visits shaping up for Penn State game
Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Tommy Bush, running back targets, and commits to watch
Michigan State Madness: 2018 commits, 5-star junior among expected visitors
Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 232
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 99
- In-state recruits offered: 17
- Georgia recruits offered: 43
- Ohio recruits offered: 28
Michigan State 2018 commits
- QB Theo Day, 4 stars, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
- TE Trenton Gillison, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- DB Xavier Henderson, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- OL James Ohonba, 4 stars, Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.)
- WR Javez 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.)
- LB Chase Kline, 3 stars, Chardon (Ohio)
- WR Julian Major, 3 stars, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
- DL Jacob Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- DL Zachary 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)
Bush’s recruitment has grown to the point he has approximately 50 offers. Michigan State became one of the first to offer in January. The Spartans hope to receive one of his five official visits but will have to beat out other suitors to get it. The distance from home also makes setting up a visit during the season particularly tough, but he has been eyeing the Penn State game on Nov. 4.
3-star DT Jackson Cravens, Timpview (Provo, Utah)
Michigan State has already brought in Cravens for an official visit, but he’s in no rush to come to a decision. He still has four 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.
4-star CB Kalon Gervin, Detroit Cass Tech
This is why coaches keep relationships going even after prospects have committed to other schools. It worked with Antjuan Simmons, now a Michigan State freshman linebacker, and the Spartans hope it will pay off with Gervin, another in-state prospect. They don’t have a particularly huge need for another defensive back, but he’s the type of player for whom you make room.
3-star DT Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Mallory loves Michigan State. That much is certain. Though Mallory is projected as a tackle, Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton has spoken with him about a hybrid role. Either way, he would be a solid pickup, but some hoops still need to be jumped through before a decision can be made.
3-star WR Joe Wilkins Jr., North Fort Myers (Fla.)
Wilkins looks like a big-time prospect for his versatility. Should Michigan State reel him in, offensive and defensive coaches might just go at it over whether he will play at wide receiver or cornerback. Either way, he’s got good size at 6-foot-2 and has schools like Kentucky and Notre Dame after him as well.
2018 position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of Michigan State commits by position and how many project to sign at each position:
- QB: 1/1 (Day)
- RB: 1/1 (Collins)
- 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: 4/5 (Dowell, Henderson, Jackson, Williams)
2018 geographical breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of Michigan State’s commits by state:
- Ohio: 9 (Alexander, Boateng, Dowell, Gillison, Henderson, Kline, J. Slade, Z. Slade, Warinner)
- Michigan: 4 (Collins, Day, Douglas, Williams)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Georgia: 2 (Jackson, Ohonba)
- Nevada: 1 (Isaia)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)