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Take one top target off the table.
After visiting Notre Dame over the weekend, Detroit Cass Tech 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin committed to the Irish on Monday. The decision came two weeks after he last visited Michigan State.
The Spartans had been making Gervin, who ranks as the No. 3 junior in Michigan, per the 247Sports composite, a top priority in a small projected 2018 class. Given how Michigan had signed the top six in-state players in the 2017 class, Gervin had become a key possibility to help the Spartans turn things around.
Instead, they’ll have to look elsewhere. Four-star Tigard (Portland, Ore.) CB Braden Lenzy will be near the top of the list, but he visited Notre Dame over the weekend as well and appeared to enjoy himself.
— Braden Lenzy (@blspeedy21) February 12, 2017
Marquis Williams, a 3-star cornerback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) who told Land of 10 it’s been his dream to play in the Big Ten, could emerge as a higher priority for the Spartans.
This early in the cycle, plenty of time remains for Michigan State to strategize in response to Gervin’s commitment. The staff will likely keep going after Gervin, though, in hopes that he might end up with them instead. It worked out with linebacker signee and former Ohio State commit Antjuan Simmons.
In the meantime, the Spartans will have to work hard to lessen the impact of Notre Dame’s recruiting momentum on their own targets. “That class getting crazy,” 4-star Fairfield (Ohio) defensive end and Michigan State target Malik Vann said on Twitter following Gervin’s commitment.
Congrats bro❕☘ That class getting crazy??? https://t.co/yszgFs1TXY
— Malik Vann❕ (@MalikVann7) February 13, 2017
He’s not wrong. The Irish have seven commits in their 2018 class, which ranks third in the nation. It could potentially add a couple of more Michigan State targets in 4-star receiver Micah Jones and 4-star offensive tackle Ryan Hayes, both of whom have picked up offers.
What would particularly hurt the Spartans would be if Notre Dame grabbed a commitment from Gervin’s teammate, 4-star linebacker DeAndre Square, who has long seemed a heavy Michigan State lean. “I might be next,” he tweeted about the news on Monday morning.
Congrats bro???….. I might be next???? https://t.co/ubVd7h9lvs
— DeAndre Square (@d_square10) February 13, 2017
Notre Dame finished 4-8 in 2016. Michigan State won the matchup between them. These recruiting developments clearly have less to do with what has happened in the past and more to do with selling hope for the future.
2019 prospect headed out of state
Iowa State picked up a very early commitment on Sunday when Oak Park (Mich.) sophomore quarterback Dwan Mathis announced his commitment.
— DwanMathis (@DwanMathis) February 12, 2017
Now, this shouldn’t be considered a “loss” for Michigan State. The Spartans had shown a lot of interest in Mathis but had not chosen to offer.
“It’s like a family up there,” Mathis told Land of 10 about Michigan State. “I’ve been knowing them for so long.”
And it’s likely the staff will continue to keep in contact. Should Mathis continue to develop at the rate he has been, a Spartans offer could potentially come.
Michigan State basketball commitment stat tracker
The prep hoops season continues to roll on. In its two senior signees and two junior commits, Tom Izzo and Michigan State have four players who are putting together impressive seasons.
Let’s check in on how the last week went.
- 2017 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) forward Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 15 points in an 86-36 win over Marion Catholic (Ill.) on Tuesday. His Lakers continue to roll and have just one loss on the season.
- 2017 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian big man Xavier Tillman had a massive game with 12 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks in the Eagles’ 94-61 win over Wayland on Tuesday. He then had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in a 70-49 win over Grand Rapids South Christian on Friday. GRC remains undefeated on the season.
- 2018 Macomb (Mich.) Dakota forward Thomas Kithier had a massive game with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in a 96-69 win over Macomb L’anse Creuse North on Tuesday to stay undefeated in conference play.
- 2018 Clarkston (Mich.) point guard Foster Loyer scored 33 points in the Wolves’ first win of the week, a 73-68 final over Wayne Memorial, then added 20 in a 79-26 win over Troy Athens later on. Like Grand Rapids Christian, Clarkston has not lost a game this season.