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For a while, Michigan State seemed like an ideal landing spot for 2017 3-star safety Scott Nelson out of University of Detroit Jesuit High School. The 6-foot-2 prospect has long been a fan of the Spartans and has shown an affinity for them over Michigan.
Michigan fans act the same way with every new coach? they all think he is the true “Michigan Man” and then they go out and lose to MSU & OSU
— Scotty Nelson 1️⃣0️⃣ (@_scottnelson) December 29, 2014
However, it’s looking like Nelson might not end up at either of the in-state Big Ten schools, despite having reported offers from both. His coach, Oscar Olejniczak, said that Iowa and Wisconsin have been the teams to prioritize Nelson most lately.
Olejniczak could not speak for Nelson’s current level of contact with MSU, but he did say that he has not heard from the Spartan coaches in “over a month.” Their efforts toward landing Nelson appear to have slowed significantly in recent weeks, opening the door for out-of-state suitors to slip in.
It’s looking less and less like a Spartan lean for Nelson.
On the hoops side of things
Tuesday sent shockwaves across the college basketball landscape, as Bahamian big man DeAndre Ayton out of Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix announced his commitment to Arizona.
— Deandre Ayton (@RealDeandreAy) September 7, 2016
Ayton, considered by many the best prospect in the 2017 class, chose the Wildcats over fellow finalists Kansas and Kentucky. So, what does that mean for Michigan State, which hadn’t been involved with the 7-footer for a while?
Well, this miss on the part of Kansas means the Jayhawks will likely turn their attentions to a pair of 5-star bigs with MSU offers: P.J. Washington and Brandon McCoy. Washington hasn’t put Michigan State on his most recent list of considerations, but McCoy appears very much in play for the Spartans.
Added attention from Kansas, should it come, will be something to keep an eye on in McCoy’s recruitment.
Getting the 2017 class rolling
Six teams in the Big Ten remain without a commit from the current class of high school seniors. Michigan State is one of them — not a big reason for concern, because many of the top-tier players of the class remains uncommitted.
Nojel Eastern is a solid pick to become the first. The 4-star guard grew up just a couple of miles from the Northwestern campus, but chances are he’ll end up elsewhere in the Big Ten. Michigan and Michigan State remain in contention, and a recent visit to Purdue left him impressed as well.
The Spartans might just be the team to beat. They’ve had eyes on Eastern for over two years and have stayed consistent through the combo guard’s ups and downs on the AAU circuit.
Then there’s Xavier Tillman, who is slated to take an official visit to MSU on Sept. 16, per MLive, and make a final decision shortly thereafter. The 6-foot-8, 4-star forward is a strong, bruising force in the low post. The Spartans will have to find a way to spice up his visit with the football team heading out of town to face Notre Dame.