Since we last looked at Michigan State on the national recruiting stage there have been additional changes with the addition of more top prospects as the class or 2016 grew from 13 on May 23-rd to 19 at this time.
The Spartans also got a jump on the 2017 class adding their first commitment last weekend.
NATIONAL RANK: No. 3 Up from No. 7
BIG TEN RANK: No. 2 Remains the same
PLEDGES: 19 All High School / Five Star 0 – Four Star 9 – Three Star 10
OFFENSE / DEFENSE: 9 Offense / 10 Defense
RON BURTON OWNING Illinois
Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton was already doing good pulling in Matt Allen and Kenney Lyke from the Land of Lincoln. However, Burton proved he wasn't done with the additon of Josh King, Mike Panasiuk and Naquan Jones. Two Scout four-star prospects along with one three-star played a huge role in the Spartans moving up nationally in the polls.
RANDLE JUMPS ON ROLLING TRAIN
There was talk that Brandon Randle was leaving the state. However, Michigan State was his dream school when he moved to the state and Randle made his pledge last Sunday. However, this was not a slam dunk as many thought the three-star linebacker was to camp with MSU prior to being able to give his pledge. Now that is water under the bridge as the Spartans add another piece to their future defense.
JACKSON TOO GOOD NOT TO TAKE
With the 2016 class already being squeezed by numbers, many wondered what would happen if someone had a big camp day. Trishton Jackson became the question following another great camp showing and the Spartans didn't wait long giving the talented athlete his dream offer that he quickly accepted. The offer list may not be filled with big name programs, but the West Bloomfield (Mich.) product was about to blow up the recruiting scene.
RISON WASTE LITTLE TIME FOLLOWING DAD
It should be no surprise Mark Dantonio was able to pull in a Spartan legacy when Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline wide receiver Hunter Rison gave his pledge right after camping with the Spartans. The son of for Spartan standout Andre Rison held early offers from Arizona State, Akron and Central Michigan to go with the Spartans. Back in February, Rison told Spartan Digest the following about Michigan State.
“I feel completely lucky to have that opportunity to be born into something like that,” he said. “MSU is just not any ordinary school. It’s one of those top tier programs around the nation.”