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It’s official: Make it 25
The paperwork has been submitted, and Woodland (Stockbridge, Calif.) defensive back Shakur Brown is a member of Michigan State football. The 3-star senior in the 247Sports composite committed to the Spartans late Saturday.
Another defensive back from Georgia is set to join the No Fly Zone! Welcome Shakur Brown! pic.twitter.com/QtmlLMbhmq
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) June 8, 2017
Michigan State has 25 scholarship signees in the 2017 class. The Spartans expected to sign 24 before former commit Donovan Winter’s arrest days before National Signing Day and the class dropped to 23. Then Michigan State made two late additions with kicker (and former Iowa commit) Cole Hahn and Brown.
It’s a large class to make up for a large set of departures. From the senior class, Michigan State loses such players as wide receiver R.J. Shelton, linebacker Riley Bullough and safety Demetrious Cox. To the NFL draft went defensive lineman Malik McDowell and safety Montae Nicholson. Then came the myriad losses for other reasons, including the dismissals of four players following sexual assault charges.
More late additions could be made; however, with move-in date approaching for most signees (and having already arrived for some), it looks unlikely. Brown’s addition comes at a vital time for a defensive back crew needing a boost.
A look back at 2016
As the remaining members of the 2017 class prepare for their arrival, let’s take a look back at what has become of the 2016 group. Signed shortly after Michigan State’s second straight Cotton Bowl appearance, the vaunted class has only been on campus for a year. Many members didn’t last that long.
With the dismissal of Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance on Tuesday, its downfall continued. Only 14 players remain from the group. Six are gone since the end of the season.
|Player||Date reported||Reason for departure/dismissal|
|Donnie Corley||June 6, 2017||Dismissed following sexual assault charge|
|Josh King||June 6, 2017||Dismissed following sexual assault charges|
|Demetric Vance||June 6, 2017||Dismissed following sexual assault charge|
|Kenney Lyke||June 3, 2017||Transfered to junior college|
|Auston Robertson||April 21, 2017||Dismissed following sexual assault charge|
|Thiyo Lukusa||Feb. 7, 2017||Left team for personal reasons|
Even with on-field production set aside, Michigan State’s 2016 class has fallen below expectations.
Kenny Bastida sets visit date
Michigan State is embroiled in yet another recruiting battle with its former defensive coordinator, Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi.
Three-star Deerfield Beach (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) linebacker Kenny Bastida cut his list to Michigan State and Pitt, writing, “Without further ado these are the final 2 schools that I’m gonna make a decision between.”
It was a great sign for the Spartans, who hadn’t been able to get Bastida on campus since offering in early May. Now they will. Bastida shared he has set plans to visit campus on Wednesday, June 14.
— Kenny 🤴🏽 Bastida . (@kingbastida) June 8, 2017
Michigan State has a commitment from 3-star middle linebacker Edward Warinner but hopes to add more depth to its LB corps in 2018. Bastida has been projected as an inside or outside linebacker in college.
Another tackle offered
Michigan State has been working tirelessly to add its first offensive lineman to the 2018 class. The evaluation period has ended, but the offers continue, and the most recent went out to Jimmy McKenna.
I'm proud to say I have received an offer from Michigan State University pic.twitter.com/LhrTrrCMnM
— Jimmy Mckenna (@jimmymckenna_58) June 6, 2017
McKenna, a 3-tackle from star Avon , Ohio, shared the news on Tuesday. Like so many targets the Spartans have offered, he holds an offer from Pitt. Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers and West Virginia have also offered.
The 6-foot-5 standout ranks as the No. 63 tackle in the 2018 class.
Michigan State will host two tackle targets in the next two weeks. Jack Plumb from Green Bay, Wis., has set a date for June 12, and fellow 3-star prospect Blake Zubovic from Belle Vernon, Pa., is expected in East Lansing the following weekend.