Silver Lining: Spartans land Jimmerson

Michigan State has received a verbal commitment from one of the top high school players in the nation, Hazelton Central running back A.J. Jimmerson. The Spartans beat out Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota for Jimmerson's services.

(EAST LANSING) - The Michigan State Spartans football program received an oral commitment from 5-foot-11, senior prep running back A.J. Jimmerson, one of the nation's top high school running backs according to a published report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that has been confirmed by The Hazelwood (Suburban St. Louis) Central standout committed to Michigan State on Sunday following State's second consecutive last minute loss, this time to Ohio State, 32-19.

Jimmerson also attended the Green-and-White basketball scrimmage, won by the Green squad and decided that he wanted to be a Spartan.

"I looked around and talked to the players a lot," Jimmerson told the Post-Dispatch. "I think the environment fits me as a person. ... I talked to a lot of the players up there. They made me feel at home."

Jimmerson said he will cancel the rest of his recruiting visits.

He gave the coaching staff his committment over Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Last season, Jimmerson rushed for 1,227 yards and 20 touchdowns. So far this season he has rushed for 625 yards despite missing the season opener with an injury.

The Spartans could redshirt the heralded freshman to get him acclamated to collegiate life since they have holdovers freshman Jehuu Caulcrick and junior DeAndra Cobb returning next season.

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