Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Remaining 2018 needs, 2019 class updates
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The 2018 football season has ended for Michigan State. Twenty players in the 2018 class have signed with the Spartans. This month, coach Mark Dantonio and his staff will begin to push even harder for uncommitted prospects.
You have questions. We have insight. These are the mailbag questions of the week.
1. Will Michigan State sign another wide receiver?
In the 2018 class? Most likely. Two prospects have been sticking out, and you probably know who they are: Tommy Bush and Jalen Nailor. Bush is a 4-star prospect from South Texas and Nailor was Spartans signee Jacob Isaia’s teammate at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). Both hold offers.
Those two are at different stages in their recruitment. Bush has already taken a Michigan State official visit but wants to take the rest of his allotted five before making a decision. Nailor hasn’t yet visited but should soon have plans finalized. With very few 2018 recruits still on their radar, the Spartans should be able to prioritize these two and land one of them.
2. Do you see MSU getting a DE or a DT to finish out the 2018 class?
I see Michigan State getting one of the two. Which one it gets remains to be seen. Much of that has to do with how the Spartans like versatile linemen, so a guy who comes in at defensive end could eventually move inside should he put on enough weight. A guy like 3-star Rome (Ga.) senior Jamarcus Chatman fits that bill.
I think the Spartans will sign a player who could eventually develop into an interior lineman, whether that’s Chatman, 4-star Salt Lake City East standout Tennessee Pututau (whom many still list as an outside linebacker) or someone else completely. Maybe this player starts out on the edge, but that may not be where he finishes.
3. Where do you see Jordan Huff fitting in?
Jordan Huff joined Michigan State’s 2019 class as a bit of a surprise and a mystery. The Morgan County (Ga.) athlete committed on Christmas and became the first out-of-state pledge in the group. During his recruitment, he said he had been speaking with the coaches about playing both sides of the ball, but upon committing, he said he had been recruited primarily as a defensive back.
Huff plays a wide range of positions for his high school team, including safety and cornerback. He looks like a candidate to start out at Michigan State as a safety, though. His 6-foot-2 size, athleticism, ball skills and ability to tackle in space make that pretty evident. But he just wants to play as early as possible at whatever position allows him to do that.
4. Who do you think will be next to commit to the 2019 class?
I don’t love making these predictions because the path of one’s recruitment can take a sharp turn in an instant. That said, I would expect the next player in the junior class who commits to Michigan State to be an in-state prospect. Those who live nearby are the ones who have been able to take the most visits and get to know the program best.
Guys such as 5-star Belleville (Mich.) offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs and 4-star Detroit Cass Tech running back Jaren Mangham continue to reel in offers and get interest from some of the best programs across the nation, so I don’t think either prospect will be in any rush to decide. However, defensive ends Adam Berghorst and Michael Fletcher both grew up watching Michigan State and could certainly join the class in the near future.