As Mel Tucker heads into his third season as head coach of Michigan State, he has shown his ability to recruit this summer, adding four four-stars in June alone. The Spartans currently have ten commits in the class, seven four-stars and three three-stars, currently ranked 18th in the nation. For reference, in the 2022 cycle, Tucker was in the 26th class overall, finishing fourth in the Big 10.
All recruits rankings cited in this article are according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Broad Overview of Current Commits
6’5 245 DL Andrew Depaepe #161 nationally #23 DL
6’2 225 LB Jordan Hall #199 nationally #14 LB
6’6 235 TE Brennan Parachek #336 nationally #18 TE
6’1 175 ATH Demitrius Bell #350 nationally #21 ATH
5’11 190 RB Kedrick Reescano #351 nationally #23 RB
6’6 295 IOL Clay Wedin #382 nationally #21 IOL
6’1 180 CB Chance Rucker #388 nationally #40 CB
6’3 280 IOL Johnathan Slack #529 nationally #35 IOL
6’3 195 QB Bo Edmundson #735 nationally #36 QB
6’0 175 CB Eddie Pleasant III #751 nationally #69 CB
What’s to Come
Four-star OT Payton Kirkland (261st nationally) has recently been trending at MSU, picking up multiple crystal balls earlier in the week. This would be a significant pickup for MSU, as Kirkland is a massive target nationwide, earning over 50 offers. He is also a Florida native, and the Gators have been seen as the favorite for quite some time before Kirkland’s official visit to East Lansing.
I would be surprised if Kirkland commits anywhere besides MSU on his commitment date, July twenty-third. Confidence Level: 9.9/10.
Four-star DL Jalen Thompson (201st nationally) has been seen as MSU bound for close to a year now, so fans should view the talented defensive lineman as a must-get in this class, considering he is an in-state prospect. However, Thompson’s visit to MSU was canceled this weekend (6/24), bringing skepticism to whether the traction MSU had is gone. Thompson earned an Ohio State offer earlier this month and looked to visit this summer.
Although MSU seems to be in the front seat for a long time now, canceling the visit and OSU offer are two complications for the Spartans. If the Buckeyes make their offer committable, I can see Thompson jumping ship and joining the powerhouse. However, his recruitment seems to be all up in the air, so with a strong visit later in the summer, MSU can reclaim its spot as the leader.
Confidence Level: 3.5/10
Four-star IOL Cole Dellinger (332nd nationally) is another offensive line prospect with which MSU seems to be in good standing. The in-state recruit has stated he is currently down to MSU, Purdue, and LSU, hoping to make his decision by the end of June.
Although his visits with Purdue and LSU have seemed to go well, the general vibe Dellinger gives off is that MSU is home. If a commitment is not made by the end of this month, expect an MSU commitment by the end of the summer.
Confidence level: 9/10.
Three-star CB Colton Hood (736th nationally) is a player with no expected timeline for a commitment, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he committed by the end of the summer. The athletic prospect from Georgia has been trending MSU for quite some time now, making that look even more realistic, coming off a strong official visit on June tenth. Although not highly ranked, Hood hosts a solid offer list consisting of many big-name SEC and Big 10 schools, so his ranking seems to be a bit lower than schools view him.
Hood has been and seems to continue the idea of ending up a Spartan, and I don’t see that changing. I am more confident in his designation than when he decides, but I would say he commits to MSU at the end of the summer.
Confidence level: 9/10.
Although there are only three expected commits as of now, I’m confident that a few prospects have had more quiet recruitments thus far that will either commit or show signs of committing this summer. Keep in mind that the official visit season is on the way, and MSU has been a part of that, hosting numerous prospects. With that being said, there will be question marks as to who will fill the rest of the class since kids often make official visits on consecutive weekends during the summertime, so at this point, it is hard to tell.
What’s Expected of this Class
Bo Edmundson is a talented pocket-passer from Texas, being named first-team all-district in the state’s 26-6A. Although the quarterback shows promise, I don’t expect to see Edmundson starting anytime soon, as returning starter Payton Thorne still will have eligibility remaining upon his arrival, and top 15, 2022 QB Katin Houser seems to be slated for the job following Thorne’s departure.
Demetrius Bell will look to make an impact immediately, as he is a talent I can see being used from day one. He is a very elusive receiver with an incredible ability to change direction and the type of athlete who can make a play out of nothing through his quick bursts. As for other wideouts, I’d keep an eye out for three-star Paul Billups (630th nationally). The wideout from Virginia has been a target for some time now and had a solid official visit on June third.
Brennan Parachek is a talented pass-catching tight end who does a great job of maintaining space and being effective in bringing in balls. The Spartans will finish the class with Para check being the only tight end. However, they hosted highly touted Jelani Thurman (133rd nationally) on June third for an official visit. MSU fans shouldn’t get their hopes up as I don’t think there is too much of a chance he ends up a Spartan, but they are still somewhat in the mix.
The offensive line will most likely be the group with the strongest out of the class. There are already two commits in four-star Clay Wedin and high three-star Johnathan Slack, and as stated before, I expected another two four-stars to add to the group in Kirkland and Dellinger. As for offensive tackles, the Spartans have hosted various guys for official visits to keep an eye on, highlighted by five-star Samson Okunlola (20th nationally), four-star Chase Bisontis (57th nationally), four-star Miles McVay (183rd nationally), four-star Stanton Ramil (194th nationally), and four-star Shamurad Umarov (346th nationally). If MSU were to land at least one of these prospects, the offensive line would be in excellent shape.
There is not much to be said about this position, as the Spartans found their RB of the class in Kedrick Reescano and are not actively looking to add a second. Reescano is a back that should have an excellent college career given the firepower in front of him and his strong IQ and field vision. He also has incredible blocking on both passes and runs plays, which adds to his abilities to be utilized as a Spartan.
Although the lone defensive lineman is to be committed so far, Andrew Depaepe gives Spartan fans much to be excited about. The highest current ranked commit sheds blocks fairly easily, follows through on tackles, and has excellent speed for his side. Tucker and staff are hopeful for Jalen Thompson to join the equation, as the two would combine for a fairly elite defensive line class, but as I said before, his recruitment is still in the air. Recent recruits on their official visits are highlighted by five-star David Hicks (fifth overall) and four-star Enow Etta (124th nationally), both of whom would be massive gets.
Coming out of IMG Academy, Jordan Hall is a linebacker with a high IQ, proving his top 200 ranking against elite competition. Although Hall is an excellent start to the class, the only others for which MSU is somewhat in the mix are four-star twins Andrew Harris (190th nationally) and Michael Harris (296th nationally). The brothers are assumed to be a package deal and are fresh off visiting East Lansing.
Four-star Chance Rucker and three-star Eddie Pleasant III contribute to a solid base for this cornerbacks class. Rucker shows flashes of being a lockdown corner, while Pleasant has more aggressive tendencies as a corner and is involved in the run game. As stated before, I expect three-star Colton Hood to commit by the end of the summer. Former four-star commit Jaylon Braxton (248th nationally) is someone to keep an eye on but not one to bank on recommitting, as he has gained lots of Arkansas traction after his visit.
MSU currently has no commits at the position, but that isn’t stopping Tucker from trying to flip current SEC commits, four-stars Elliot Washington (109th nationally) and Ryan Yaites (281st nationally). Tucker has recently hosted the open-minded commits alongside other four-star Jayden Bonsu (271st nationally) on official visits.
Washington is likely to flip, as MSU has gained multiple crystal balls months after his Alabama commitment. Tucker has some work to do in the safety department, but if he can flip Washington and land another national prospect, the Spartans are looking in good shape.
Overall, MSU fans should be ecstatic that Tucker has gotten this class, and he looks to make a solid conclusion to the cycle. Recruits have had the sentiment of loving Tucker and the environment he has built in his time in East Lansing, which should give fans optimism regardless of what happens.