Mel Tucker And the Michigan State football staff will begin the process of welcoming its third recruiting class to East Lansing on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Wednesday marks the start of the three-day early signing period, in which hopefuls can sign their mandatory National Letters of Intent by officially signing as future Spartans.
Most FBS recruits draw their paperwork during this initial window, but those who don’t can delay until the late February signing period.
Coming to Wednesday, MSU’s 2023 high school recruiting class stands at 14 commitments Following the addition of the three-star reception Tuesday-night Jaylen Smith From the Houston area. Smith was one of five recruits to verbally commit to MSU in the past week.
MSU’s 2021 class, Tucker and company’s first recruiting cycle, included 18 sophomores and was ranked 46th nationally. Spartan staff had about a week to recruit that team face-to-face, as Covid-19 restrictions limit remote contact such as Zoom, FaceTime and phone calls. The following cycle, with its usual recruiting prowess, MSU signed 23 recruits for a class that finished No. 23 in the nation.
This page will be updated continuously throughout the day with the new signings as MSU advertises. Tucker is scheduled to speak to the media Wednesday around 2 p.m. Be sure to check it out The 247 Sports National Signing Day ShowIt will be a content-packed nine hours starting at 9 am.
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National Signing Day updates
7:21 – The first NLI in the bag is a four-star, in-state offensive lineman. Cole Dellinger of Clarkston. Dellinger has been committed to the Spartans since July 8. He was one of two offensive linemen who scrimmaged against the Spartans on Wednesday morning.
7:32 am – MSU’s first commitment of the 2023 cycle, an in-state tight end Brennan Paracheck, is officially Spartan. The four-star prospect is verbally committed to MSU as of September 2021. Listed at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, the Dexter High School standout is expected to moonlight as a baseball player in East Lansing.
8:07 am – Andrew Depaepe, a four-star defensive end from Iowa, is officially in the fold. DiPeppe committed to the Spartans in February, shortly after hiring pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan. The 6-5, 245-pounder put together a strong senior year and looks like one of the incoming freshmen best equipped to contribute right away.
8:21 – The first official transfer addition was made when MSU announced the signing of a kicker. Jonathan Kim From North Carolina. The Spartans lost Jack Stone, a scholarship signee in the class of 2022, to a transfer after the season. Kim is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
8:31 – Another transfer was signed when MSU announced the addition Semar MelvinWisconsin cornerback.
8:43 – Jaylen SmithMSU’s newest commit, is officially in the classroom. The three-star prospect from the Houston area is one of two wideouts in the class. Smith was part of a group of receivers the Spartans targeted late in the cycle, and he came to East Lansing earlier this month to take an official visit.
9:05 – The Spartans will receive a back-to-back transfer for the third consecutive year, as will Connecticut Nathan Carter He will submit the paper to MSU. Carter spent two seasons with the Huskies, rushing for 983 yards and three touchdowns in 17 game appearances.
9:15 – Norfolk State transfer tight end Ademola Faleye boarded. MSU is one of several transfer tight ends that will be brought in this cycle.
9:49 – MSU’s sophomore wide receiver; Asia Johnson Officially signed of Richmond, Virginia. Like Smith, Johnson was one of the few receivers MSU selected late in the cycle.
9:51 – MSU scores biggest win of the day over Coffeyville Community College offensive lineman commitment Keyshawn Blackstock, giving MSU three O-linemen in the class. Blackstock is 247Sports’ No. 1-ranked junior college offensive line prospect.
9:53 – The Spartans proved their commitment to the defense of freedom Dre Butler. He is the first new transfer commitment of the day for the Spartans. MSU is also set to add former Florida State defensive end Jarrett Jackson from the transfer portal.
9:54 am – MSU officially announced the addition of Blackstock. The Spartans may not get a more valuable signing today than Blackstock, who should immediately compete for the starting tackle spot.
10:02 – MSU has officially placed the highest-rated commitment in the Cass Tech defensive line Jalen Thompson. Thompson, a longtime target of the staff, committed to the Spartans in August before enjoying his senior season. Early registration is required.
10:14 – Sean Brown Simi Valley, California is officially on board. Brown is one of the new commits MSU landed last week. He is a former Arizona commit who can play multiple positions in the secondary.
10:19 am – Jay Johnson signed the quarterback for the 2023 cycle Sam Levitt. MSU successfully reversed his commitment to Washington State. The four-star pass rusher is the No. 1-rated prospect in Oregon and one of the biggest senior-year upsides at the position. Johnson has now signed four-star players for back-to-back seasons.
10:27 am – MSU brings momentum back from California Jaylon Barbarin. As a wideout, MSU refocused its efforts on running late in the cycle, and Barbarian was on the shortlist. He took an official visit to East Lansing earlier this month and soon committed.
10:34 – Transfer protection Jarrett Jackson It was officially announced by the program. He spent the past three seasons at Florida State after originally signing with Louisville out of high school. Expect MSU to provide immediate depth on the defensive front after losing Dashaun Mallory and Jalen Hunt to transfers.
10:40 am – Added another transfer portal as the former Boise State tight end Tyneil Hopper It will be Spartan. Hopper brings some spice and blocking ability that MSU will receive in that unit after the departures of Tyler Hunt and Daniel Baker.
11:16 am – Florida cornerback Eddie is nice It’s officially Spartan. The three-star standout from the Tampa, Florida area is one of MSU’s longest-standing commitments, having given his commitment in April.
11:50 am — MSU’s top-ranked high school commit, ranked defensively Bye JobeMore Out of Oklahoma. That narrows down a good three prep edge defenders for the Spartans.
Noon – Alabama offensive action Stanton Ramil It is signed and sealed. The four-star prospect is one of MSU’s top-rated commits, and the Spartans had to fend off some high-profile moves to keep him in the fold. Ramil has a prototypical tackle build and should be involved in East Lansing late.
12:30 p.m – Another transfer running back is coming to town, as Mangam years He announced his commitment to the Spartans. A Cass Tech grad, Mangum signed with Colorado out of high school for then-head coach Mel Tucker before transferring to South Florida. He will meet with Tucker in East Lansing and be teammates with his younger brother, safety Jaden Mangum.
12:31 p.m – IMG Academy line supporter Jordan Hall boarded. The four-star prospect is considered one of the top leaders in the 2023 class in addition to being the top-rated linebacker. He is currently the only linebacker committed or signed from the high school ranks.
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