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Jeslord Boateng explains commitment
Dublin (Ohio) Coffman outside linebacker Jeslord Boateng has been hearing from Michigan State for more than a year, but before Sunday the junior had never seen the campus.
And after taking his first unofficial visit there, the 3-star OLB (per the 247Sports composite) didn’t take long to commit to the Spartans. After telling Land of 10 on Monday afternoon he would come to a decision soon, he made his announcement that same evening.
“I loved it,” he said of the visit that made up his mind. “It was everything I expected and a little more.”
The decision came within moments of in-state OLB target Jaylan Franklin announcing his commitment to Wisconsin. Boateng’s decision certainly makes missing on Franklin easier for the Michigan State staff to bear.
The work at linebacker doesn’t appear to be over, though, as 3-star prospect Kenny Bastida entertained on Twitter the idea of joining Boateng at Michigan State. Bastida recently put Michigan State in his top two.
We'll see soon 🔋
— Kenny 🤴🏽 Bastida . (@kingbastida) June 12, 2017
Boateng said the prevalence of Ohioans in the program played a big part in his Michigan State interest. Not only does he know offensive lineman AJ Arcuri, from nearby Powell, but he also knows fellow 2018 Michigan State commits Trenton Gillison, Xavier Henderson and Edward Warinner.
Ultimately, Michigan State linebackers coach Mike Tressel (who recruits Boateng’s area) made a lasting impression when the two met Sunday to break down film. Boateng called the session probably his favorite part of the visit.
“I learned that I’d be a rush linebacker or a cover linebacker,” he said, “and they think I have the ability to do both.”
Boateng wrapped up his visit by speaking with Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, whose recent days have been filled addressing off-field issues and dismissals. The junior recruit is well aware and said he wasn’t deterred.
“That is no concern,” he said. “I know the coaches will get it fixed.”
Two DL targets lost in a day
Sunday wasn’t a great day for the future of Michigan State’s defensive line.
Sure, it’s early in the process, and the Spartans have plenty of time to regroup. But it’s never ideal to see two offered prospects choose other schools within hours of one another. The first was 3-star St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) High defensive tackle Cam Goode, who opted to stay close to home and attend Virginia Tech.
— Cam Goode ™ (@_YooCammm) June 11, 2017
The Spartans gave Goode a “dream offer” — his first from the Big Ten — and had hoped to bring him in for a visit, but it wasn’t to be. Michigan State now will look to the opposite coast and recently-offered DT Sal Spina from California. Spina has family in Michigan and hopes to visit.
Michigan State also missed on another 2018 defensive tackle: 3-star Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio) standout Tyler Bentley. He held a massive list of offers, and Kentucky impressively came out on top.
— 🔱Tyler Bentley🔱™ (@Tbcheese45) June 11, 2017
Kentucky has found great success with junior prospects in whom Michigan State was interested, from 4-star Oak Park (Mich.) offensive lineman Marquan McCall to 3-star Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) tight end Brenden Bates. The Spartans will hope UK doesn’t also snatch up 3-star Detroit Cass Tech OLB DeAndre Square, one of their top targets.
2017 signees arriving in droves
With minicamp set to begin this week, Michigan State’s incoming class is making its way to East Lansing. Not only will these players hope to restore the Spartans’ success on the field, but they’ll look to improve the program’s diminishing standing off of it.
Michigan State’s three early enrollees — Jack Camper, Hunter Rison and Josiah Scott — have been on campus since January and were recently joined by linebacker Darien Clemons, who graduated early from high school. Now, the remainder of the 25-man scholarship class is cycling in.
— CJ Hayes (@cjhayes98) June 10, 2017
Wide receiver C.J. Hayes made the trip up from Kentucky over the weekend and arrived with enough time to hit the links before reporting on Monday. He was later followed by Connor Heyward, who projects as a possible receiver as well.
— Connor Heyward (@ConnorHeyward1) June 9, 2017
Wide receiver Cody White doesn’t have to go far from nearby Walled Lake, and he’s expected in attendance at minicamp as well. Summer classes won’t begin until early July, but these players are putting in early work.