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After just two seasons with Mel Tucker and his staff, the Michigan State Football team is starting to make waves on the recruiting trail. During the first day of the early national signing period last Wednesday, the Spartans signed 22 high school recruits and four high-profile transfers to their 2022 recruiting class.
The high school recruiting class includes more four-star recruits than the last three years combined and features players from nine different states: Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, and California.
Most of players in this class come from Georgia (7) and Michigan (6). Obviously, in-state recruiting is crucial, especially with the talent in the Detroit area, but Coach Tucker has made Georgia and other southern states a priority as well. Tucker has experience building relationships and recruiting in those areas from his days in the SEC. Now that Georgia is becoming a bigger force in high school recruiting, those relationships should help the Spartans, and we have already seen that start to happen.
The Spartans landed five four-star recruits in this class, including four of the top 10 players in Michigan. The fifth is quarterback Katin Houser from St. John Bosco in California. Houser has been rising on ranking boards all season and is a fantastic player to have running the team in the future.
Most of the commitments in this recruiting class were known prior to the start of the signing period, but there were a couple of new additions. Michigan State landed commitments from safety Malcolm Jones, cornerback Caleb Coley, and defensive end Zion Young who had all been committed elsewhere and are all from Georgia.
Michigan State also made a great run at five-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin, another in-state player, and four-star receiver Armani Winfield from Texas.
Goodwin had been committed to Kentucky before visiting MSU a few times, and his decision came down to the wire. Even after he announced his recommitment to the Wildcats, there were rumors circulating all Thursday morning that he was going to change his mind. He did eventually sign his letter of intent to officially join Kentucky.
Winfield was a longtime Texas Longhorns commit but had recently decommitted. Many thought MSU had a great chance with him and there were even several fairly confident crystal balls logged for the Spartans. But as signing day got closer, it appeared to be more of a longshot that Winfield would join Michigan State. The crystal balls quickly changed back to the Longhorns and then again to Baylor, where Winfield eventually signed.
Regardless, the fact that Michigan State was even in the conversation for those players this late in the process is tremendous progress.
Michigan State has also added four transfer players so far, and the class currently ranks 21st overall according to 247Sports. There is still time to add more players and another signing period will begin in early February. The Spartans have clearly built momentum on the recruiting trail, and most of this is from a 2-5 season. The success Michigan State had on the field this year will only keep building this class and future classes.