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Michigan State has had plenty of time to evaluate Caleb Kelly.
The Spartans offered two of his Hapeville Charter (Atlanta) teammates, Georgia cornerback commit Chris Smith and uncommitted slot receiver Tyleek Collins, back in January. The school has been a recruiting hot spot with a bevy of talented juniors, and Michigan State has been one of the most present.
“[MSU wide receivers coach] Terrence Samuel and [defensive backs coach] Harlon Barnett do a great job of coming down to Georgia and seeing the talent down here,” Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon told Land of 10.
On Thursday, it was Barnett who gave Gordon a call. He had taken a close look at Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 217-pound junior unrated by the 247Sports composite, and the Spartans wanted to offer.
— Caleb Kelly (@ck_ckelly) May 18, 2017
It marked yet another Power 5 offer for Kelly, joining Indiana, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Barnett explained his reasoning for the decision to Gordon.
“He likes his explosiveness off the ball, the way he finishes plays, and he also likes the way he can finish in space,” Gordon said. “He’s one of those versatile players that can play all over.”
But where would he fit in at Michigan State? It’s unclear, and that seems to be what’s appealing. Kelly plays defensive tackle, defensive end and sometimes even outside linebacker for his high school. Defensive end or outside linebacker will likely be in his future.
“They haven’t made a decision,” Gordon said of Michigan State. “The conversation with me was about how versatile he is either standing up or with his hand in the dirt. And he’s good in space.”
Gordon compared Kelly to Hapeville Charter alumnus and LSU standout Arden Key, who found early playing time for the Tigers at LSU but is currently listed as a linebacker.
Michigan State missed on Smith but, as with Collins, the Spartans will have a good shot at landing Kelly. Gordon said his star defender will look to visit campus once school is out.
“He’s definitely seriously considering them,” Gordon said. “His dad is going take him around in the summertime. He’s going to set up a time to come up there just like Chris Smith and all the other guys from down here.”
Spartans offer Kentucky commit
Kentucky’s recent recruiting success has often come at Michigan State’s expense.
Now Michigan State is looking to turn the tables. On Thursday, the Spartans offered 3-star Kentucky athlete commit Shocky Jacques-Louis, who pledged to the Wildcats in April. He projects as a wide receiver for UK.
— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) May 18, 2017
Michigan State continues to search for its first wide receiver commitment. It did land 4-star wideout Joseph Scates but the Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar junior rescinded his commitment in February.
3 young standouts pick up offers
The last 24 hours have not just been about locking down immediate needs for 2018. Michigan State also looked ahead to the current freshman and sophomore classes.
On Wednesday, the Spartans offered the No. 1 sophomore in Illinois per 247Sports in Crystal Lake (Ill.) South offensive tackle Trevor Keegan. The 6-6 standout has long held a Northwestern offer and more recently picked up additional ones from Illinois and Minnesota.
— Trevor Keegan (@bigtrevk) May 17, 2017
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, the Spartans then offered Troup County (Lagrange, Ga.) sophomore King Mwikuta, 247Sports No. 5 outside linebacker in 2019. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan are just a few schools that have already offered.
— SIMBÁ⚓ (@Lethal_Balller) May 18, 2017
And why not look even further ahead? The Spartans also offered Mwikuta’s freshman teammate Kobe Hudson, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver. Hudson already holds all the same offers listed above for Mwikuta.
Blessed To Receive Another Official Offer From Michigan State 🙏🏾‼️ pic.twitter.com/zBCGea8eti
— mountboykobe (@Flytweetsonly) May 18, 2017
What does all this mean? You might not ever hear some of these players’ names again. Maybe Hudson and Mwikuta quickly focus on seemingly more prestigious offers.
The Spartans have not been satisfied with their 2017 recruiting success in Georgia, when they landed athlete Connor Heyward and cornerback Tre Person. They want to keep the momentum going in the Peach State.