The first early signing period for college football arrived on Wednesday, and the paperwork quickly started coming in. With that in mind, Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of that class to let you know what to expect once they arrive on campus.
QB Theo Day
It’s been eight years since Michigan State brought in a quarterback from within state lines. Joe Boisture completed a run of three straight classes from 2008-10 in which the Spartans landed an in-state quarterback. The other two? Eventual starters Kirk Cousins and Andrew Maxwell.
Michigan State might be headed back in that direction, with Great Lakes State signal-callers committed to both the 2018 and 2019 classes. And on Wednesday the first of those two, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child QB Theo Day, made it official by signing his letter of intent.
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Day, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings, had to wait until after his junior season for an offer, but once he finally got it, he wasted no time. Within a month, he committed on Feb. 26.
“They had a 3-9 year, but I didn’t look at that at all,” Day told Land of 10 afterward. Coach [Mark] Dantonio’s a great guy. He’s been around for 10 years, and that’s crazy for the college level. I think they’re gonna stick around, and that’s what I was looking for: a good coaching staff that was gonna be around while I was there.”
When Michigan State hired Dantonio, Day was in first grade. It’s tough to imagine anyone else at the helm of the program. And despite additional offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ole Miss and more, that continuity won his commitment.
Now Day plans to enroll early, where he will get a head start in learning the playbook. He hopes his time at Michigan State will validate the Spartans’ pursuit of in-state quarterbacks and of prioritizing the state as a whole.
“They definitely love that they’re recruiting in-state quarterbacks,” Day said. “I think it’s been a while since they’ve done that. They definitely want to get the top talent in the state so they can improve around the state.”
High School: Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 7 player in Michigan, No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country
Commitment date: Feb. 26, 2017
How he fits in: Day has the pro-style look Michigan State has traditionally pursued in a quarterback. He has great size at 6-5, impressive pocket presence and the pinpoint accuracy that he said MSU quarterbacks coach Brad Salem primarily looks for. But beyond that, his scrambling ability has gone underrated and shows a continued effort by the Spartans to recruit quarterbacks who can keep plays alive with their legs.
“When he’s in the game, everybody’s confident,” Divine Child coach John Filiatraut told Land of 10 in August. “We feel like we should never punt. He just makes so many plays with his arm and his feet.”