Michigan State will have a tough time surpassing the recruiting success of September.
With four games at Spartan Stadium during the opening month of the season, the Spartans welcomed countless prospects to campus to take in the action. It resulted in commitments from three top targets: 2018 offensive lineman James Ohonba, 2018 running back Elijah Collins and 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis. Ohonba and Mathis both rate as 4-star prospects in the 247Sports composite scores.
Michigan State will only play one home game in October, but it can still do plenty to build for the future. With that in mind, we have three objectives for the Spartans to achieve over the next month.
3. Keep everyone committed
Michigan State has gotten even closer to completing its 2018 class with the additions of Collins and Ohonba. The Spartans now have 18 players committed to the class with room for only a few more.
What does that mean? That there are two more players than last month that other programs will try to sway. And with a new early signing period starting on Dec. 20, that push from coaches will come even sooner. Waiting until January to get all the commits in for their official visits might not be good enough. The Spartans may have to get them in during the season to try to secure their signatures.
2. Secure official visits
Michigan State’s list of recruiting priorities looks shorter than it did a week ago, but there is still plenty of work to be done. Michigan State could still potentially close the class out with four more players.
The Spartans need to work on getting more prospects on campus for official visits. At wide receiver, they need to secure visits from 4-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wideout Tommy Bush, 3-star North Fort Myers (Fla.) standout Joe Wilkins Jr. and more. At defensive tackle, 3-star Ole Miss commit Allen Love planned to come up in September but had to postpone. To make a splash with the last few open spots, Michigan State still has to schedule these visits.
1. Land legacy recruits
Under coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has made a habit of recruiting family members. On just the current roster, the Spartans have four pairs of brothers: Brian and Matt Allen, Andrew and David Dowell, Jacub and Mike Panasiuk and Matt and Mitchell Sokol.
So when a recruit has a familial connection to Michigan State, the Spartans have to feel good about their chances. This objective has already been half-completed. On Sunday night, Michigan State landed a commitment from 3-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) offensive lineman Jacob Isaia, grandson of Spartans legend Bob Apisa.
And now Michigan State will set its sights on 3-star Timpview (Provo, Utah) DT Jackson Cravens, cousin of Spartans tight end/defensive end Mufi Hill-Hunt. Cravens has already taken his official visit, and now MSU will have to fend off schools like Georgia, Utah and Washington for a commitment.
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