Just a few days ago, Michigan State received a commitment from 2018 Dublin, Ohio three-star linebacker Jeslord Boateng. Shortly after the Spartans received his commitment, it seemed as if there could be a second linebacker commitment in the same week from Deerfield Beach, Florida three-star linebacker Kenny Bastida. He visited on June 14th with the intention to join the Michigan State recruiting class of 2018. The visit happened but the commitment did not. Spartan Nation caught up with the 6’2”, 220 pound linebacker to discuss his visit and where he stands in his recruitment.
“I wanted to be the guy that would change the program. I wanted to be that guy,” Bastida told Spartan Nation right after his visit in which he learned he would not be able to become a Spartan at this time. He was completely ready to give the Spartans his commitment, but he received some unexpected news. “Now I have to delay my commitment for now,” he said, “I was talking to one of the coaches and something has changed.”
Just a couple weeks ago, Bastida released a top two of Michigan State University and Pittsburg. He always planned to visit Michigan State and give the Spartan coaching staff his commitment, but he will have to wait. “Right now, I have to iron out the details, but I was supposed to commit and it's on hold for now,” he explained. Bastida still made the visit and called it a “fantastic visit”, and the Spartans will remain an option in his recruitment but do not expect a commitment to Michigan State any time soon.
Bastida tweeted on Wednesday, exclaiming he was in East Lansing.
“Even though I could not commit, I still had a great time in East Lansing,” Bastida added. “The coaches are all really great people and I loved the feel of the campus and football facilities.” Michigan State will reevaluate its linebacker recruiting options before accepting a commitment from Bastida, waiting on top recruit such as four-star California linebacker Reggie Hughes, but based off his initial interest in Michigan State and his successful visit, it is safe to say if there is ever an opportunity for Bastida to commit to his dream school, Michigan State, it would most likely happen.
Lastly, Bastida reassured that even though his commitment could not be taken at this time, he still holds a great respect for Michigan State. “Honestly there’s no hard feelings. Recruiting is a business and I accept that. I still love the Spartans,” he concluded.
Scout rates Kenny Bastida a three-star inside recruit, and the 11th ranked inside linebacker in the nation.