It’ll all be over soon.
Michigan State already has the vast majority of its 2018 recruiting class verbally committed. The Spartans expect to have 20 players officially signed with the program six days from now. Then the focus will shift heavily to future recruiting classes — after the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28, of course.
But right now, that seems like years away to most. Until the early period (which lasts from Dec. 20-22) passes, the focus will be primarily on reeling in all those verbally pledged recruits for the Class of 2018. Doing so would be a massive accomplishment, considering the size of the class.
With that, we bring you our weekly update on the numbers in Michigan State recruiting and where the Spartans’ class stands.
Where the Michigan State 2018 recruiting class ranks
Michigan State’s 20-player 2018 class ranks No. 22 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports composite. Four members of the class carry 4-star ratings.
Latest Michigan State recruiting news
Another prospect committed. Several others visited. Postseason honors were doled out. These are the headlines from a busy week of recruiting.
Michigan State recruiting: Spartans welcome talented defensive recruits to campus
Michigan State recruiting: RB Jefferson commits to Spartans football
Michigan State commitment allows Jefferson room to breathe after whirlwind season, recruitment
Michigan State recruiting: LB Marcel Lewis’ rising stock; Antwan Reed’s status
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on offense
Michigan State recruiting: Effects of recruiting rules changes, Dave Warner returns to Georgia
Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on defense
Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Impact of early signing period, what to expect
Michigan State recruiting: Tennessee Pututau talks visit; Ron Burton checks on other DT targets
Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 234
- 5-star offers: 14
- 4-star offers: 100
- In-state recruits offered: 18
- Georgia recruits offered: 43
- Ohio recruits offered: 28
Michigan State 2018 commits
- QB Theo Day, 4 stars, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child
- CB Kalon Gervin, 4 stars, Detroit Cass Tech
- TE Trenton Gillison, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- DB Xavier Henderson, 4 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) Central
- WR Ja’Vez Alexander, 3 stars, Sandusky (Ohio)
- LB Jeslord Boateng, 3 stars, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
- RB Elijah Collins, 3 stars, University of Detroit Jesuit
- OL Dimitri Douglas, 3 stars, Saline (Mich.)
- DB Michael Dowell, 3 stars, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
- DL Parks Gissinger, 3 stars, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
- OL Jacob Isaia, 3 stars, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
- DB Chris Jackson, 3 stars, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
- RB La’Darius Jefferson, 3 stars, Muskegon (Mich.)
- LB Chase Kline, 3 stars, Chardon (Ohio)
- WR Julian Major, 3 stars, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
- OL James Ohonba, 3 stars, Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.)
- DL Jacob Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- DL Zachary Slade, 3 stars, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio)
- LB Edward Warinner, 3 stars, Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)
- DB Davion Williams, 3 stars, Belleville (Mich.)
5 top uncommitted 2018 targets
3-star DE Jordan Allen, City College of San Francisco
Who knows? Maybe Michigan State will finish out its 2018 defensive line class with a top-notch junior college edge rusher. Allen ranks 24th among junior college recruits and holds a whole mess of offers from Arkansas to TCU to Utah to Hawaii. He plans to visit Michigan State this weekend, a great opportunity for the Spartans to try to gain ground on the others in the race.
4-star WR Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)
Bush has approximately 50 offers and Michigan State was one of the first to offer in January. He was on campus the weekend of the Penn State game. The Spartans are battling teams such as Nebraska and in-state programs Baylor and Texas for the 6-foot-5 standout, who would be a massive pickup. Spartans wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel visited him on Thursday night.
3-star DT Jackson Cravens, Timpview (Provo, Utah)
Michigan State has already brought in Cravens for an official visit, but he’s in no rush to come to a decision. He still has four other official visits to take, with Georgia, Utah and Washington among the possibilities. Michigan State hopes his relationship with cousin and Spartans TE/DE Mufi Hill-Hunt will help draw him to East Lansing.
3-star WR Jalen Nailor, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Michigan State offered Nailor way back, but it never looked like the Spartans had a particularly great shot until two weeks ago. That’s when he de-committed from Arizona State after the Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham. Now the speedster looks like a possible pickup to round out the class. You can bet his teammate, Isaia, would like to see him in green.
4-star DT Tennessee Pututau, Salt Lake City East
Before last weekend, it didn’t look like Michigan State had much of a shot with Pututau, either. After all, he’s got a brother playing for Utah and two more signed with the Utes. But an official visit to Michigan State put the Spartans in more serious consideration for his commitment. It still looks like a long shot, but there’s a chance.
2018 position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of Michigan State commits by position and how many project to sign at each position:
- QB: 1/1 (Day)
- RB: 2/2 (Collins, Jefferson)
- WR: 2/3 (Alexander, Major)
- TE: 1/1 (Gillison)
- OL: 3/3 (Douglas, Isaia, Ohonba)
- DL: 3/4 (Gissinger, J. Slade, Z. Slade)
- LB: 3/3 (Boateng, Kline, Warinner)
- DB: 5/5 (Dowell, Gervin, Henderson, Jackson, Williams)
2018 geographical breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of Michigan State’s commits by state:
- Ohio: 9 (Alexander, Boateng, Dowell, Gillison, Henderson, Kline, J. Slade, Z. Slade, Warinner)
- Michigan: 6 (Collins, Day, Douglas, Gervin, Jefferson, Williams)
- Georgia: 2 (Jackson, Ohonba)
- California: 1 (Gissinger)
- Nevada: 1 (Isaia)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)
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