The first week included several five stars and the second weekend was just as busy. For starters, this weekend was headlined by Brockton (Mass.) offensive tackle Thayer Academy Samson “Pancake Honcho” OkunlolaSeattle Rainier Beach cornerback Caleb Presleydefensive lineman at Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, Texas Enow Etta (who MSU is battling rival Michigan for) and Bradenton (Florida) linebacker IMG Academy Jordan Room. The IMG product ended up signing up at a team dinner at Mel Tucker’s house on June 11, becoming the second-highest-rated recruit in that class.
Committed Prospects – New Caney (Texas) High running back Kedrick ReescanoDexter (Mich.) High tight end Brennan Parachekand Bettendorf (Iowa) Pleasant Valley defensive lineman Andrew Dapaepe – were also visiting and all showed that they were recruiting other players to accompany them to East Lansing (especially Dapaepe working on Etta).
But the headlines this weekend weren’t about gamers, but about amenities. Photoshoots are one of the most crucial parts of recruiting these days, and these staff know it. During the June 3 photo shoot, players posed with Coach Tucker next to a Jeep Grand Wagoneer. This week, a Mercedes G Wagon, a Ferrari and a Rolls Royce were transported to Spartan Stadium as part of the photo shoot.
Well, interior offensive lineman Carrollwood Day from Tampa, Florida Wedin claywho goes to the same school as cornerback commit nice eddie, committed after his visit. MSU’s recruiting surge in the first two weeks of June was something no one had seen this program do before.
Although no commits were here this weekend, it was still a very efficient release. The highest rated rookie this weekend, Ramsey (NJ) Offensive tackle Don Bosco Prep Chase Bisontisreunited with former high school teammate and new MSU running back Jalen Berger.
The visit also hosted Norman (Okla.) Community Christian School board Bai Jobe – MSU recently jumped into the mix with him. Orlando (Florida) Offensive tackle for Dr. Phillips Payton Kirkland and East St. Louis (Ill.) High Offensive Tackle Miles McVay expressed interest in playing together in college were visiting with each other. Both are north of 6-6 and 340 pounds. McVay has won MVPs at multiple lineman camps and Kirkland is a 4-star Florida prospect.
Twin linebackers Michael and Andre Harris in Altamonte Springs (Florida), Lake Brantley was close at hand and is obviously high in MSU. The twins are also getting a lot of attention from Pittsburgh and Maryland.
Other notable visitors were Indianapolis offensive tackle Roncalli Trevor Lauck and Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch Wide Receiver Paul Billups.
Oh, and the cars this weekend were just a Lamborghini and a Ferrari – disappointing I know.
Last, but not least, Michigan State will close out the month with several recruits they are battling for against other schools.
Michigan native Jalen Thompson of Detroit Cass Tech is one of the big names in this group. Adding another recruit to the state would be huge for this staff, not just for this class but for recruiting going forward.
While Venice (Fla.) High Security Elliot Washington enlisted in Alabama, his recruiting is far from over. Right now it looks like a close race between the Tide and the Spartans. Washington hails from the same high school in Florida as current Spartan corner Charles Brantley. With Brantley seeing the field early in his career and showing success, Washington could see East Lansing as a landing spot for him. Long Beach (California) Long Beach Poly cornerback Daylen Austin is currently committed to LSU, but again, the Spartans also have a chance to turn him over.
Offensive tackle for Franklin Road Academy in Nashville (Tennis) Joe Crocker is an intriguing prospect. He is modestly considered a 3-star prospect, but he has a top rookie’s offer list with over 30 offers. His athleticism along with his height at 6-6, 310 pounds has made him a priority for schools like Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Tennessee with MSU. Pleasant will also be there, I’m sure he will recruit as hard as the coaching staff.
What it all means
For starters, this isn’t the first time many of these rookies have visited East Lansing. Spending their own money to come from Texas, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts and other states says a lot about how diverse this staff has become and how interested players are.
Although the first two weeks were very successful, there is no need to go into panic mode if there are no commitments during the following month. When you’re recruited by every top school in the country, it’s worth taking your time. Making announcements at special events, such as the Under Armor All-American game and the Adidas All-American Bowl is also very common, with these coming after high school seasons.
Prospects like Kirkland already have a commitment date set for July 23 and I can guarantee that a majority of those recruits will be back in the fall for at least one game before committing.
It’s a new era in Michigan State football and recruiting and fans should get used to it. According to 247 Sports, MSU currently has eight 4-star recruits for the Class of 2023, and that number will only grow. Michigan State’s highest-ever recruiting class, the infamous Class of 2016, had nine 4-star recruits. What Mel Tucker did before third grade exceeded everyone’s expectations.
With the new player collective (The East Lansing NIL Club) and SDFL brand (Spartan Dawgs For Life) coming, coupled with a facility upgrade, Michigan State has set itself up to compete for a long time. term, not only with Ohio State and Michigan. , but at the national level. The talent gap that Coach Tucker talked about keeps closing. With Tucker on track to have the highest-ranked class in school history, months like June will be something fans can look forward to for years to come.