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Michigan State’s disappointment in landing highly-rated 2017 recruits apparently won’t deter Mark Dantonio and his staff from pursuing them heavily in the 2018 class.
As faxes rolled in on National Signing Day, the Spartans worked on extending a big-time offer. Five-star outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, the No. 1 OLB in the nation, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
— PALAIE GAOTEOTE IV (@ie_2018) February 1, 2017
With just about every top-25 program in the nation after Gaoteote, a heck of a lot would have to go right for him to end up in East Lansing. But it’s not as much about whether the Spartans land him as the fact that they have chosen to aim high.
A more under-the-radar prospect announced an offer from Michigan State as well. On Friday, it was Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) defensive end Parks Gissinger, who has also announced offers from Syracuse and Yale.
— Parks (@ParksGissinger) February 3, 2017
In what will be a relatively small 2018 class, the defensive line will be a high priority. Michigan State only landed three in the 2017 class and will need to continue to add depth.
On Michigan’s pursuit of top Spartans targets
Michigan State already has a trio of 4-star commits from Ohio in the 2018 class: tight end Trenton Gillison, defensive back Xavier Henderson and wide receiver Joseph Scates. It would love to add more.
Land of 10’s Brandon Justice talked to two others about their upcoming plans. Four-star Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne receiver L’Christian Smith, a top Spartans target, said he will visit Michigan soon. Michigan State has long been considered one of his favorites.
Additionally, 4-star Cleveland Heights defensive end Tyreke Smith commented on his plans. He emphasized that he does not have a list of favorites, however Michigan remains high on his list and will get a visit.
“I hear from Michigan quite a bit,” he told Justice. “I have no date planned yet for my visit, but it will be after my basketball season. They said they want me there and they can’t wait for me to visit.”
Just another challenge for Michigan State. For both Smiths, the Spartans would have to somehow find a way to stave off Ohio State. That’s not easy to do with an in-state prospect.
Report: McCoy takes in Ducks game
Have you forgotten about 5-star big man Brandon McCoy? Probably not.
Although fellow 5-star senior Brian “Tugs” Bowen has garnered a lot of recent attention from Michigan State fans, McCoy continues to be a top Spartans target. And fans might not be thrilled to hear the latest news.
Five star 2017 Cathedral big man Brandon McCoy is on an unofficial visit to Oregon, per source
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) February 4, 2017
Rivals’ Corey Evans reported Saturday that McCoy attended No. 13 Oregon’s 85-58 drubbing of No. 5 Arizona. The trip takes him nearly 1,000 miles from his home in San Diego and has to be a sign that the Ducks have a great chance to get his commitment.
Plus, seeing a performance like Oregon put on against the Wildcats has to be enticing as a player.