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Sure, recruiting doesn’t stop. But even if the Michigan State coaches didn’t, some of us took a little bit of a break to spend the holidays with family.
If you did as well, we’ve got a summary of the big events in recruiting from the past week and what they mean for the Spartans. Let’s get started.
Another RB on the board
Michigan State’s intentions of bringing in another running back to join 2017 commit Weston Bridges have been clear.
South Florida commit Bruce Judson Jr. did not include the Spartans among his finalists, but recent offers to 3-star Virginia Tech commit Jalen Holston and 3-star former Rutgers commit Johnathan Lovett signify that they’ll likely get a commitment from an RB before this cycle is done.
Another option presented itself as 4-star Trezevant (Memphis, Tenn.) running back and former Clemson commit Cordarrian Richardson announced Friday that he would reopen his recruitment.
Ranked the No. 6 RB in the country, Richardson would be a huge pickup for Michigan State. A teammate of 3-star DE Tijuan Mason, who officially visited MSU in November, he already held an offer from the Spartans before Friday’s announcement.
Richardson told Land of 10 he has been in contact with the Spartans, and when asked whether he’d take an official visit, he said he “most likely” would. He said it would likely take place over the weekends of Jan. 13-15 or Jan. 27-28.
It certainly won’t be easy to snag Richardson, who will undoubtedly have a lot of suitors. He also said Clemson remains in consideration.
Another CB off the board
Michigan State desperately needs to bolster its secondary. Yes, we’ll keep stressing it until it happens.
Three-star Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) cornerback Yusuf Corker committed to Kentucky on Monday, yet another miss for the Spartans. He had taken an official visit to MSU in early December and had a coach visit from Mark Dantonio, giving fans hope that he might fill their need.
Ultimately, he chose the 7-5 Wildcats, a program that has done a good job of selling hope in putting together a very promising 2017 class. The possibility of playing immediately didn’t prove enough for Michigan State to reel in Corker.
The top remaining target for the Spartans appears to be 3-star Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Fla.) CB Ameer Speed, who included MSU in his final five schools alongside Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
However, he recently picked up an offer from Oregon, which he called a “dream school” from his youth. The Ducks recently hired Willie Taggart and have been making some big moves as of late.
Additionally, Speed took his official visit to Michigan State all the way back in October. He’s since taken three others. With Speed living too far away to feasibly take an unofficial visit, it’s not ideal for the Spartans that his visit to their campus is not as fresh in his mind as others.
So it would be very impressive for MSU to pick up Speed, but if not, it’s on to the next plan at cornerback. Seems there’s been a lot of that during this recruiting cycle.
Top tackles include Spartans on reduced lists
Just to get this out there: Don’t put too much stock in top-five or top-10 lists. They don’t mean other teams can’t jump into contention or that others will be considered until the end.
If anything, take from them the idea that all teams included have stayed in solid contact with the player. Take Mekhi Becton, for example. The 6-foot-7, 345-pound OT who’s ranked No. 41 at his position included Michigan State in his top five alongside Louisville, Michigan, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
— ? (@MekhiBecton_) December 25, 2016
Becton then proceeded to pick up an offer from Oregon, so don’t consider this list set in stone. And it doesn’t necessarily mean MSU is a favorite to land him. Michigan likes its chances with Becton after missing on 5-star Georgia commit Isaiah Wilson.
But it does say that Michigan State continues to be in contact with Becton and wants him. The Spartans’ intentions of recruiting an additional offensive tackle haven’t been too clear, but this shows that they definitely want one.
It doesn’t appear to be the top priority, but if the right player presents himself, MSU will likely take him.
Looking ahead to the 2018 class, another elite OT included Michigan State in a reduced list. Five-star Fairfield (Ohio) junior Jackson Carman, a teammate of Spartans early enrollee Josiah Scott, released his top 10 on Christmas.
The list included a slew of SEC teams along with Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and USC. The Spartans have offered and, of course, have been in close contact. How could they not be? He’s the nation’s top tackle, and one of his best friends will begin his freshman season in East Lansing next fall.
MSU commitment stat tracker
The stat tracker has turned to basketball as the calendar has turned to December. Michigan State has four commits at the moment, two seniors and two juniors. Here’s how they performed in the last week.
- In three games at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in South Carolina, 5-star La Lumiere forward Jaren Jackson Jr. played some of his best basketball this season, averaging 19.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in a trio of wins.
- Clarkston (Mich.) junior point guard Foster Loyer continued his torrid scoring start by dropping 30 points in a 100-90 win over Ann Arbor Skyline on Thursday.
- Neither 2017 commit Xavier Tillman nor 2018 commit Thomas Kithier played over the last week for their respective teams. Tillman did not have a game scheduled, and Kithier continues to recover from what’s expected to be a minor knee injury.