A bye week doesn’t mean a week off for Michigan State, especially not on the recruiting trail.
Coaches have been on the recruiting trail throughout the week, meeting with recruits, and will wrap things up Friday night by watching prep games. For all the drawbacks of an early bye, Michigan State gets the benefit of face-to-face time with top prospects while other schools likely don’t have time.
Will they capitalize? That remains to be seen. But with several needs still to be filled in the 2018 recruiting class, most notably at running back, a crucial weekend awaits.
The Spartans currently have 15 players committed to that class, with five to six more projected to join. So 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 15-person 2018 class ranks No. 35 in the nation and No. 7 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Three members of the class carry 4-star ratings.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
The biggest news of the week has been on the basketball side of things with 3-star wing Aaron Henry (Ben Davis H.S./Indianapolis) committing on Monday.
In the world of football recruiting, several new names have begun to attract Michigan State’s interest, and an old name has drawn interest at a new position. We broke down the goings on of Spartans’ recruiting throughout the week. These are the headlines:
Michigan State Recruiting: Top performances from Spartans commits this weekend
Aaron Henry commits to Michigan State basketball: Spartans add 5th 2018 commit
Michigan State commit Aaron Henry ‘felt at home’ among Spartans of past, present and future
What Michigan State basketball commit Aaron Henry brings to Spartans; a look at scholarship chart
Michigan State recruiting: Aaron Henry’s self-evaluation, basketball coaches on the move, 2018 commitment highlights
Michigan State offers, will visit DE Keyon Ware-Hudson; Miami (Fla.) commit offered; Spartans eyeing another RB?
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on offense
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on defense
Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 229
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 97
- In-state recruits offered: 17
- Georgia recruits offered: 42
- 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
- LB Jeslord Boateng, 3 stars, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
- 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.)
- 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.)
- WR Javez Alexander, 3 stars, Sandusky (Ohio)
5 top uncommitted 2018 targets
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Tommy 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.
3-star RB Elijah Collins, University of Detroit Jesuit
Elijah Collins is the first running back on this list and the one seemingly most likely to end up with the Spartans. He last visited Michigan State on July 31 and the home-state team looks to solidify its class by landing its first projected running back. The Spartans have had Collins on their radar since early in his high school career.
4-star RB Harold Joiner, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
Harold Joiner previously listed Michigan State as his favorite, but that had more to do with the dearth of running backs on its depth chart than his relationship with the program. Should he get to campus for an official visit, that could change. However, he has SEC powers such as LSU, Auburn and Alabama pushing for him as well.
3-star DT Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Dashaun Mallory has been nearing a decision for quite some time, with the Spartans leading the way. Though 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.
3-star OL Jacob Isaia, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Jacob Isaia, the grandson of Michigan State legend Bob Apisa, long has felt a close connection to the Spartans and has visited several times. He will be on campus again late this month for the Big Ten opener against Iowa. Offensive line has not been a primary focus in the class, but Isaia would be a good addition to the interior.
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: 0/2
- WR: 2/3 (Alexander, Major)
- TE: 1/1 (Gillison)
- OL: 1/3 (Douglas)
- DL: 3/4 (Gissinger, J. Slade, Z. Slade)
- LB: 3/3 (Boateng, Kline, Warinner)
- DB: 4/4 (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: 3 (Day, Douglas, Williams)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Georgia: 1 (Jackson)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)