Three-star Muskegon (Mich.) senior athlete La’Darius Jefferson announced his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday, bringing Michigan State’s 2018 class to 20 commits.
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Jefferson had originally been committed to Central Florida before reopening his recruitment in November, days after receiving a Michigan State offer. The Knights recruited him as a quarterback, but the Spartans offered him as an athlete. He will likely play either running back or linebacker but may get a shot at QB.
Leading an undefeated Muskegon squad to a Division 3 state title, Jefferson rushed for 2,095 yards and 33 touchdowns and threw for more than 1,200 yards and 21 scores, per The Detroit News. As a result, he was named to the publication’s annual “dream team.”
Jefferson joins quarterback Theo Day, running back Elijah Collins, offensive lineman Dimitri Douglas and cornerbacks Kalon Gervin and Davion Williams as the sixth in-state commit in the Spartans’ 2018 class. Coach Mark Dantonio’s team hasn’t signed that many recruits from Michigan since 2014.
At 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Jefferson projects to be a running back or a linebacker. Michigan State’s 20-player class ranks 21st in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Jefferson ranks 30th among senior prospects in Michigan.