Michigan State continued their recruiting roll today and added their fourth commitment of the week.
I have decided to commit to Michigan State to Play D1 Football! So excited!!??⚪️ Go Green!!✳️✅✳️ pic.twitter.com/TFIxgumhxK
— Dominique Long (@Dom_Long17) June 25, 2016
That is Ohio defensive back Dominique Long, a 3-star prospect from South (Westerville) High School who picked the Spartans just five days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Green and White.
There was no reason to wait, according to the 6-foot-2, 190 pound athlete who hails from just outside of Columbus.
“I believe Michigan State has the whole package,” Long told Landof10. “It’s close to home, has great education programs and it’s big-time football with tradition.”
A potential linebacker by the time he arrives in East Lansing, Long says he’s more focused on how well the Spartans style fits him rather than where he fits specifically in their defense.
“I feel like I fit perfectly, no matter the position,” Long said. “I feel like I have the size, and with my weight I feel I can be a natural 215 pounds by the time I come in to play for Michigan state. That’s the size they want me to come in. I believe I can play fast and aggressive and make tackles in their system.”
With his recruitment now over, Long told Landof10 that the real work begins now.
“It’s relaxing,” he said of the weight of recruiting being removed from his shoulders. “At the same time though, this is where the true work begins. Now I have to prepare myself to play at the next level. I’m excited.”
Long is the 13th commitment in Michigan State’s 2017 class and the fourth from talent-rich Ohio to commit to making the trek north. He joins running back Weston Bridges (Copley), offensive lineman Matt Carrick (Massillon Perry) and linebacker Darien Clemons (Piqua), all of whom have verballed to Dantonio’s program.
With this commitment, Michigan State has moved into the Top 25 of the national recruiting rankings for the first time this cycle, debuting at No. 21 in the 247Sports.com rankings. The Spartans currently have the fourth-ranked class in the Big Ten, trailing Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern.