Michigan State recruiting: Latest updates on the Spartans’ next class

It’s coming up on two months away from the first early signing period in college football.

That period starts on Dec. 20 and should benefit teams like Michigan State that land the bulk of their 2018 class early on. The Spartans will hope they can sign all 18 of their commits (and any others they reel in before then) on that first day to stop other suitors from trying to pull them away.

But there remains work to be done, as Michigan State will likely add two or three more recruits to its class. So let’s take our weekly look at where things stand and where they’re headed.

Where the Michigan State recruiting class ranks

Michigan State’s 18-player 2018 class ranks No. 27 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten,  according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Four members of the class carry 4-star ratings.

Latest Michigan State recruiting news

Not a whole lot happened on the recruiting trail this week. In the midst of two straight road games, Michigan State will have to go a little while longer before its next big opportunity to welcome visitors. These are the headlines.

Michigan State recruiting: DE James Head looks to visit, another DE offered, prep games to watch
Michigan State recruiting: Javez Alexander paces Spartans commits
Michigan State recruiting: Spartans commits, targets react to win; 2018 QB/RB and Michigan target offered
Michigan State recruiting: Spartans’ dependence on Ohio for rebuild, 2019 prospects and commitment highlights
Michigan State recruiting: Tom Izzo sounds off on corruption in college basketball recruiting
Michigan State recruiting mailbag: Spartans’ chances with Vernon Carey Jr., impact of early signing period
Michigan State recruiting: 5-star football, basketball players targeted, prep games to watch

Michigan State 2018 recruiting offers by the numbers

  • Reported offers:  231
  • 5-star offers: 14
  • 4-star offers: 98
  • In-state recruits offered: 17
  • Georgia recruits offered: 43
  • Ohio recruits offered: 28

Michigan State 2018 commits

5 top uncommitted 2018 targets

4-star WR  Tommy Bush, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)

Bush’s recruitment has grown to the point he has approximately 50 offers. Michigan State became one of the first to offer in January. The Spartans hope to receive one of his five official visits but will have to beat out other suitors to get it. The distance from home also makes setting up a visit during the season particularly tough, but he has been eyeing the Penn State game on Nov. 4. He took an official visit to Nebraska last weekend.

3-star DT  Jackson Cravens, Timpview (Provo, Utah)

Michigan State has already brought in Cravens for an official visit, but he’ll be 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 that his relationship with cousin and Spartans tight end/defensive end Mufi Hill-Hunt will help draw him to East Lansing.

4-star CB  Kalon Gervin, Detroit Cass Tech

This is why coaches keep relationships going even after prospects have committed to other schools. It worked with Antjuan Simmons, now a Michigan State freshman linebacker, and the Spartans hope it will pay off with Gervin, another in-state prospect. They don’t have a particularly huge need for another defensive back, but he’s the type of player for whom you make room.

3-star DT  Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (Ill.)

Mallory loves Michigan State. That much is certain. Though Mallory is projected as a tackle, Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton has spoken with him about a hybrid role. Either way, he would be a solid pickup, but some hoops still need to be jumped through before a decision can be made.

3-star WR  Joe Wilkins Jr., North Fort Myers (Fla.)

Wilkins looks like a big-time prospect for his versatility. Should Michigan State reel him in, offensive and defensive coaches might just go at it over whether he will play at wide receiver or cornerback. Either way, he’s got good size at 6-foot-2 and has schools like Kentucky and Notre Dame after him as well.

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: 1/1 (Collins
  • 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: 4/5 (Dowell, 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: 4 (Collins, Day, Douglas, Williams)
  • California: 1 (Gissinger)
  • Georgia: 2 (Jackson, Ohonba)
  • Nevada: 1 (Isaia)
  • Pennsylvania: 1 (Major)

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