Impact: Craig Evans

Michigan State kicks off the final week of the 2014 class with a major commitment from one of its top targets in the class: Defensive tackle Craig Evans. Spartan Digest looks at what his commitment means to MSU.

It took a lot longer than some might have expected, but Craig Evans flipped his commitment to Michigan State after all.

Evans, who committed to Wisconsin early and re-committed in early January, parted ways with the Badgers on Monday and shortly after announced he had committed to be a Spartan.

The flip by the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Evans might have visited East Lansing multiple times since his Wisconsin commitment – including a trip on Jan. 25 to see MSU play Michigan – but to actually flip him to green and white is impressive.

Wisconsin is good at keeping top kids in-state, but that hasn't stopped the Spartans from hitting the state as hard as they can, which resulted in pulling wide receiver R.J. Shelton last year. Shelton made contributions as a true freshman and cornerback Trae Waynes also is a Wisconsin native.

With Evans, the Spartans secured a player coveted by many schools nationally and a player that starts off a week that could be huge for them.

Two more defensive tackles remain on the board in Daniel Cage (Cincinnati Winton Woods) and Malik McDowell (Southfield), both of whom have MSU in their final groups.

Now, even if MSU doesn't land either, it has a defensive tackle group of Evans, Enoch Smith and David Beedle – a solid haul no matter how you look at it.

Evans also adds the luster of star power to a class that has picked up more "cornerstone" type players in the past couple months, which started with Montae Nicholson (Monroeville Gateway, Pa.).

It could be the first domino of a big week for Michigan State.


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