Just two years ago when people talked about Tom Izzo and recruiting they wondered if he had lost his touch. Izzo had just missed for the second year in a row on big time talent, and the roster in East Lansing was looking like it wouldn’t be up to standards, well things changed in 2015 and now in the 2016 class it has done a complete 180.
Michigan State now has the top class in the country. The four-man group, all of which are in the top 50 overall, features two five-star prospects and two-four star prospects. The latest to join in is No. 11 overall Miles Bridges. Bridges, a Flint native, joined the fold to give the Spartans more star power than they have ever had in a class.
The class of Bridges, Josh Langford, Cassius Winston, and Nick Ward is impressive enough on its own. Winston is a point guard who can pass and score, Langford is a tremendously physical wing who loves to get to the rim and can also make plays, Ward is one of the best low post scorers in the country, and then Bridges is the elite athlete who can hit threes and defend nearly any spot on the court.
That group all in one class is something that hasn’t really been seen in East Lansing at one time. However things might not be done yet. There is still one more native of Michigan that could seriously entertain the Spartans.
The player who could round out this class is Josh Jackson, the No. 2 overall prospect. Now Jackson keeps things very close to the vest within the media, but behind the scenes he has told a few people that if Bridges were to join the already impressive class in East Lansing that he would strongly consider coming as well.
Along with Michigan State, Arizona, Maryland, and Kansas are the schools you hear most closely associated with Jackson, though getting complete information out of the Jackson camp is basically impossible.
If somehow Jackson were to come on board, and nothing looks likely until the spring with Jackson, Michigan State would probably be the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, though Duke and Kentucky would also have tremendous classes as well.
Either way, Izzo now has put together two very strong classes in a row, and the roster in East Lansing in the foreseeable future looks as good as it ever has. With Izzo in charge, and the roster in place, the Spartans are starting to look like the team to beat in the Big Ten going forward.