Impact: Raequan Williams

Taking a look at what the commitment of the Chicago defensive tackle means for the class

In the past two seasons, Michigan State has taken a major focus in recruiting on both lines. Last year, the Spartans loaded up on both the offensive and defensive sides – something that has continued this season.

A year after bringing in a haul which included Malik McDowell, Craig Evans and Enoch Smith, the Spartans have a big defensive end committed in Justice Alexander and added a bit interior presence Friday.

2015 Chicago DePaul defensive tackle Raequan Williams committed to Michigan State before his basketball game Friday night, giving MSU another big, talented player in the middle to pad depth and add talent to Ron Burton’s group.

It is a group that needed a bolstering of talent after the 2012/2013 recruiting classes have not yielded much past Demetrius Cooper at this point.

Williams is the only interior lineman in this class and that figures to remain the case – while another defensive end could be in the mix.

On top of adding to the talent, which was a goal coming into the cycle, Williams shows the kind of power Michigan State has on the recruiting trail right now. He was offered much earlier by Iowa, which was his other finalist. He also had offers from the likes of Oregon and Arizona, but Michigan State came in midway through his senior year and worked hard to secure a commitment relatively quickly as visits to campus proved valuable – and happened multiple times.

Williams’ commitment also is big for Michigan State as it gives a Chicago presence to the recruiting cycle after grabbing a handful in the 2014 class.

But when he arrives on campus, expect Williams to become another talented member of the defensive line at Michigan State, as he joins forces with the likes of McDowell and Co. for years to come.


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