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National Signing Day has come and gone, but Michigan State remains hard at work on finalizing the 2017 class.
Twenty-three players have already signed on to join the class, but the Spartans want another playmaker on offense. They might just get one in Auburndale (Fla.) Senior 3-star athlete Chauncy Smart.
Smart had been signed with Florida State on a track and field scholarship before being granted his release earlier in the month. The 5-foot-8 speedster runs the 100 and 200 meters for his high school team.
Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel had Smart send in his transcripts for the staff to review. Smart told Land of 10 he anticipates a call soon to discuss whether the Spartans liked what they saw with regard to his grades and to set up a visit.
Smart hopes to take an official visit before the end of the month. He has three official visits remaining (the other two of his five-visit limit were used on schools that wanted him for track and field) and intends to use them on Michigan State, South Florida and another school on which he has not yet decided.
Michigan State likes Smart’s ability to contribute in the return game and as a slot receiver because of his speed and agility. Land of 10 will have more from Smart once a visit date has been set.
Micah Jones sets commitment date
On Monday, we discussed the commitment of Michigan State 4-star cornerback target Kalon Gervin to Notre Dame and the potential domino effect it could have on recruits considering both the Irish and Spartans.
We may see another ripple by the end of the week.
Warren Township (Ill.) 4-star wide receiver Micah Jones shared Monday night that he would announce his commitment on Friday at 3 p.m. CT. He will decide among Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.
— Micah Jones (@mej2018) February 14, 2017
Jones had originally planned to make a decision in March or April. He told Land of 10 he would take an overnight visit to Michigan State in the second or third weekend of February. It doesn’t appear that visit will happen anymore.
The announcement of his decision date comes in the wake of a weekend visit to Notre Dame. For that reason, it appears the Irish sit in the driver’s seat for a commitment from the 6-foot-5 junior.
Speaking of wide receivers …
Another 2018 target for Michigan State has been absolutely blowing up in recent weeks.
Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) 3-star wideout Tommy Bush had a standout performance at the Houston regional of The Opening, where he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical leap of 36.4 inches. Since then, the offers haven’t stopped.
Since that Feb. 4 camp, he has picked up offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Houston, Louisiana State, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee Vanderbilt, Washington State and, most recently, Oklahoma.
Watching his rapid rise, Michigan State has to feel good about offering Bush earlier in the process. The Spartans have long been in contact, which has resonated with him.
“It really helped with this recruiting process knowing that we have a school that’s believed in us since freshman year,” Bush told Land of 10. “And for them to finally offer sets that love shown. It really means a lot to us, and we’re definitely going to consider it.”
Michigan State has already gotten off to a great start in the 2018 class by landing Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar 4-star prospect Joseph Scates, but even in a relatively small class, the hope will be to land another.
Michigan State needs help on the defensive line, and incoming freshman Jacub Panasiuk might just help with that in 2017.
The Spartans signee has surely been getting tips from brother Mike, who contributed in 2016 as a true freshman defensive tackle, and he has the ability to play inside or outside.
Plus, just look at the leg strength. On Monday, the big fella completed a 455-pound box squat.
— BOOM LINEMAN (@BoomLineman) February 14, 2017
So expectations will surely be high for Panasiuk early on. Here’s what Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had to say about him.
“I think it’s a statement when you have one young man from that family playing and they make a decision as a family that that next guy in line will come here as well,” Dantonio said. “(Jacub was an) extremely highly recruited guy, really can transition speed to power, big guy, 265 pounds right now, could be 280 by the time he walks in here. He could play defensive end. I think he’ll be an impact guy for us.”