Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Tommy Bush, running back targets, and commits to watch
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Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class has taken shape with 18 commitments, and the Spartans have room for a few more. What should you expect from those already pledged, and who might join them? We answered your questions to shed some light.
“Is Tommy Bush no longer considering MSU?”
For starters, let’s remind anyone who doesn’t know much about Tommy Bush. A 6-foot-5 senior wideout at Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) High School, Bush has long been a top target of the Spartans. He’s a 4-star prospect and the No. 36 receiver in the nation according to the 247Sports composite.
Now to answer your question: I’ve gotten no indication that Bush has stopped considering Michigan State or vice versa. When I last discussed Bush’s recruitment with him, he told me that he’s hoping to officially visit Michigan State for its game against Penn State on Nov. 4.
Michigan State, of course, already has two wide receivers committed to the 2018 class in 3-star prospects Javez Alexander and Julian Major, but it would like to add a third. Tommy Bush, as far as I can tell, remains the top target for that spot.
“Any good running backs being looked at with recruiting?”
Whether Michigan State lands another running back remains to be seen. The Spartans have already reeled in a commitment from 3-star University of Detroit Jesuit standout Elijah Collins and may not have room for another, depending on how the rest of the class shakes out.
But Michigan State does continue to pursue some prospects. Three-star Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) athlete Michael Barrett picked up an offer two weeks ago. He has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his high school career, per MaxPreps. He’s also got 72 touchdowns to his name.
The Spartans also hope they might benefit from the turmoil at Tennessee. Three-star Taylor County (Ga.) running back Lyn-J Dixon recently de-committed from the Volunteers and, according to 247Sports’ Evan Watkins, has since heard from Michigan State.
“Which current commit do you think will be the most ready to play as a true freshman?
With such a young team already, Michigan State likely won’t need many freshmen to contribute immediately in 2018. But there are a few guys I feel will be able to make an impact should their names be called.
Offensive lineman James Ohonba sticks out. At 6-4, 345 pounds, it’s hard for him not to. He’s got the strength to make an impact in the interior next season, but it all depends on how quickly he’s able to grasp the offense.
Linebacker Chase Kline has a chance to make his presence felt as well, especially with Chris Frey set to graduate. He’s already got a motor, tenacity, and an apparent anger on the field to rival Frey’s. There should be a place in the rotation for him.