Kearney had told Scout.com's Dave Telep just three days earlier, "Michigan State leads. Their coach, he's not only recruiting me, he's recruiting my family. That's his tactic and I think it's a great tactic," he said.
It doesn't appear that anything has happened to change that. If anything, MSU has strengthened its position after getting a verbal committment from five-star center Adriean Payne of Dayton (OH) Jefferson. So if indeed, Kearney does announce for MSU as is expected, what would it mean to the rest of the juniors in the class that are considering MSU?
One thing a commitment from Kearney does not do is eliminate a point guard from being in the class.
Kearney is versatile enough to play the 1, 2 or 3. He is silky smooth around the basket and a player who complements his teammates well. He does not need to have the ball in his hands to be effective, but is an asset when he does.
MSU will consider strongly taking one small forward to fill the role by departing senior Raymar Morgan.
Maybe the role would be filled by Kearney or it could be an additional player from among Jakarr Sampson of Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary, Anton "Silky" Grady of Cleveland (OH) Catholic Central, Markus Crider of Huber Heights (OH) Wayne or LaDontae Henton of Lansing (MI) Eastern.
One dark horse in the recruiting race is the growing interest by coaching staffs, including MSU's, in Sutton's Bay shooting guard Dwaun Anderson.
Anderson hasn't been seen much by those in the know because of not playing in a typical hoops hotbed like Detroit, Flint, Battle Creek or even Saginaw. Sutton's Bay, MI is just north of Traverse City. But those who have seen him swear he's among the top players, if not the top player in the State of Michigan.
The class looks like it could be as many as four players and if Kearney pulls the trigger for MSU on Tuesday, it will definitely give them a solid nucleus from which to build upon.