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Revisiting the main recruiting targets for offense and where Michigan State sits with them!

Revisiting the main recruiting targets for offense and where Michigan State sits with them!

The 2018 recruiting cycle is in full swing. It is June, and the Michigan State Spartans currently hold six commitments in the class of 2018. Despite having a slower start to the class than previous years, the “Green18” class, as the Spartans coaches dubbed it, figures to be a very impressive class come Signing Day 2018. Spartan Nation provides you with an updated outlook for the 2018 recruiting cycle, a quarter of the way complete. Today we take a look at where the Spartans sit with many of their top offense recruits.

Quarterback: 1

Dearborn, Michigan pro-style quarterback Theo Day committed to Michigan State in February. Since then, the 6’5”, 205 pound quarterback has performed extremely well at camps, consistently proving his excellent tools, arm strength, accuracy, and leadership. Thus he has earned a fourth star from Scout. He was the “Plan A” quarterback recruit of this class, and Spartan fans will be happy to know that he is working hard on the recruiting trail, helping lure in Spartan targets across the country. Theo is a perfect fit with the Spartans’ offense and will have the chance to prove that fairly early on when he arrives in East Lansing. Lately, he has been hearing from schools near and far, including receiving an offer from Georgia, but there is no need to worry about the status of his commitment, as he says “my heart is in East Lansing”.

Running Back: 1-2

The recruitment of running backs has been quite strange of late for the class of 2018. Right away, it seemed as if Michigan State had found their guy in Tavion Thomas, a four-star running back who is teammates with former commit Joseph Scates. The offer from the Spartans was one of his first major offers and he was nearly ready to commit. However, his recruitment has become sort of a mystery, where the latest info suggests West Virginia is in the lead. He is not being recruited by Michigan State. One name to keep an eye on is Hopewell, Georgia four-star running back Ronnie Walker. Walker will visit Michigan State this summer and really likes the way the Spartans utilize the running back position. Locally, three-star running back Elijah Collins, from Detroit, remains an option. The Spartans sit in a great position in Collins’ recruitment.

Wide Receiver: 2

Michigan State once held a commitment from big-bodied Ohio four-star Joseph Scates. His communication with the staff fell out of loop and he rescinded from his commitment just after a few weeks of pledging to the Spartans. Now the staff is on the search for two wide receivers ranging from smaller playmakers, to larger red zone threats. Those who have followed Spartan Nation for a wile know that Schertz, Texas four-star Tommy Bush loves Michigan State. The Spartans were his third offer and his relationship with Spartan wide receiver coach Terry Samuels drives his interest. Now, Bush holds nearly 50 scholarship offers and the fight has become exponentially harder to reel in the 6’5”, 200 pound speedster. However, Bush is planning to visit Michigan State in late summer. Standing at 6’2, 190 pounds, Californian receiver Nikko Hall is every bit of a playmaker as Bush. He is very fond of Michigan State and has a visit scheduled over the Summer. Nikko is a name to keep an eye on for the long run. In Ohio, Michigan State sits atop three-star 6’3”, 180 pound receiver Meechi Harris’ list. He recently trimmed down his list to 9, but the Spartans will be a main contender in his recruitment until the end. Recently, Cincinnati and Kentucky have attempted to make a push on the Spartans. Last month, the Spartans offered Pennsylvania receiver Julian Major, who nearly committed to the Spartans upon being offered. He will announce his commitment on July 11th, and Michigan State is a firm possibly for the 6’3”, 175 pound wide receiver. Lastly, the Spartans recently offered in- state wide receiver Taj Mustapha a scholarship offer. The Spartans are his dream school and it is likely that you see Taj a Spartan commit in the near future.

Tight End: 1

Four-star tight end Trenton Gillison committed to the Spartans in January, and concluded the Spartans’ recruitment of tight ends. The 6’5”, 230 pound tight end already posses top athleticism for tight ends with a 4.8 second forty yard dash and a 30 inch vertical jump. He has time to fill out before he becomes a Spartan, and could potentially shift to defensive end if needed.

Offensive Tackle: 2

There are several top options for the Spartans that could make up their offensive tackle recruiting group. MSU is in the top 10 for Fairfield, Ohio Jack Carman, a top 50 player in the nation, but Ohio State has a significant lead on all other competitors. Another name is four-star Bradenton, Florida Verdis Brown. MSU was a big offer for the Chicago native early on. Since then, he has transferred to IMG Academy. This trend of making the move to IMG, besides 2017 commit Jack Camper, seemingly marks a decrease in the Spartans' chances for the recruit. A name to keep an eye on for a potential offer is Jimmy McKenna of Avon High School in Ohio. The 6’5”, 255 pound tackle holds over 20 scholarship offers, but landing one from the Spartans would mark a monumental shift in is recruitment. Keep an eye on in-state Carlos Vettorello’s recruitment. The Spartans have not shown much interest, but with Pittsburg and Illinois recently offering, the Spartans may be forced to pay attention to the 6’4”, 275 pound Detroit guard. The Spartans recently offered 6’8”, 240 pound Green Bay tackle, Jack Plumb. Interestingly, his mother attended graduate school at Michigan State, and his cousin, Pat Shurmer, played for the Spartans and is now the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. He will visit Michigan State as soon as possible.

Offensive Guard: 2

A familiar name for Spartan fans is Jacob Isaia. He is the grandson of Spartan great Bob Apisa. Jacob received his Spartan offer back in January and has visited since. The Under Armour All- American has received over 20 scholarships since his Spartan offer but none stand out more than his offer from Michigan State. The Spartans hold a big lead one his recruitment. There are a few other names on the Spartans radar at offensive guard, such as John Harris, but the last recruit we will highlight at this position is Fort Lauderdale, Florida Dejmi Dumervil. The Spartans are an early competitor for the St. Thomas Aquinas product. He plans to visit MSU soon.

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