Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Spartans’ chances with Tommy Bush, Foster Loyer’s future role
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There’s never a dull moment covering Michigan State sports, but on Friday things heat up. The contact period begins for NCAA recruiting, allowing coaches to have face-to-face meetings with players on campus or at their schools. It’s hard to imagine any staffers getting a full night of sleep until after National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
With that in mind, let’s address Michigan State’s remaining needs in the 2018 football class as well as a basketball signee who’s tearing it up. These are your the questions of the week.
1. Where does Michigan State stand with Tommy Bush?
That’s the No. 1 recruiting question on Michigan State fans’ minds, it seems. Tommy Bush, for those who don’t know, is a 4-star senior wide receiver in the 247Sports composite. He hails from Texas. The 6-foot-5 standout is still considering others, but he last said his top schools are Michigan State, Baylor and Georgia. To add him to the class would be quite a splash.
The Spartans basically are trying to outlast the other two, but it won’t be easy. Georgia has the appeal of the best dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, Justin Fields, and Baylor is the in-state school. The Bears have an edge in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, and it won’t be long before we hear a decision. Bush said he could take two more official visits, but he might not get to both of them before he makes an announcement.
2. What are our chances with any new defensive linemen? I would like to see at least one more inside lineman and defensive end.
There’s certainly a possibility of landing two more defensive linemen in the class, but I wouldn’t count on it. There’s just not much room left, especially if Michigan State lands either of its wide receiver targets. I would expect to see one more defensive lineman added to the class.
Who might that be? Well, 3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory has been cleared to take an official visit. If Michigan State accepts it, it’s almost inevitable that he will commit to the Spartans. That’s how much he loves the program. If not, they’ll be bringing in former LSU and Tennessee DE commit Jamarcus Chatman the following weekend. Nabbing him seems like the next most likely result.
3. What are your thoughts on how Foster Loyer fits in next year?
He’s got to make an impact early. With Tum Tum Nairn graduating and no other point guards coming in, Foster Loyer is the only option as a backup point guard. Not to make it sound like he’s a bad option. The 4-star Clarkston (Mich.) star and Spartans signee has been on a tear as a senior in search of Mr. Basketball honors before he heads off to college.
I think Loyer will provide 5-10 minutes of relief at point guard for Cassius Winston each game as well as several good minutes playing alongside him. As long as he can defend, Loyer could fit in well off the ball because of his sharpshooting. He’s 6 feet tall on a good day, and adapting to the pace and physicality of the college game will take time. But once he adjusts, Loyer should be a valuable contributor.