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Recruiting Snapshot: Michigan State Spartans

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While most of college football has been put on hold, recruiting marches on. The class of 2021 has seen a wave of commitments since the start of April, and the team rankings have adjusted to reflect growing classes.

We are taking a snapshot of each class, and continue today with a look at the Michigan State Spartans.



CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2022: Top 100

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Current rank: No. 27

Number of commits: 11

Top commits: Four-star cornerback Charles Brantley, three-star defensive end Tyson Watson, three-star cornerback Antoine Booth

Top targets: Four-star RB Donovan Edwards (No. 61), four-star OL Rayshaun Benny (No. 86), four-star LB Jamari Buddin (No. 226)


"The Spartans are coming off a strong run that saw their class go from zero commitments in early April, to the 11 they currently have, and in the concurrently filled a lot of their needs. A few names to keep an eye on in the coming days and weeks are Kolinu’u Faaiu, an offensive lineman from Washington, Texas linebacker Jordan Eubanks and Louisiana safety Jah'Von Grigsby.

"Three names that could take the class to another level, while making a huge statement in-state, are Buddin, Andrel Anthony, and Benny. The Spartans are also looking to make a move for Edwards.” – Corey Robinson,


"Mel Tucker got an even later start than most of the first-year head coaches across college football this off-season, with his tenure in East Lansing kicking off in mid-February amid a dead period. He only had those 13 days at the beginning of March to host prospects, so the Spartans have done the bulk of the work without in-person contact.

"Expectations have to be checked early in a coaches’ tenure, especially when making a move to a completely different region of the country. This 2021 class is about addressing the holes in the roster that come with any major scheme change and Michigan State is doing that. The first class is not going to be the one that wins championships for the program, but it can lay the groundwork for future classes that will have that ability.” – Josh Helmholdt, Midwest recruiting analyst