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Will Michigan State basketball land 4-star SF Coen Carr?

Michigan State basketball is pushing for one final piece to its 2023 recruiting class in the form of Coen Carr.

Remember the “Tom Izzo is washed” crowd? It’s nearly gone extinct over the past couple of weeks.

Five-star big man Xavier Booker committed to Michigan State over Indiana, four-star athletic sharpshooting wing Gehrig Normand picked the Spartans just days after getting an offer, and now four-star freak athlete Coen Carr looks to be well on his way to joining the already-loaded 2023 class.

Right now, the class is almost perfectly balanced.

It has a point guard (Jeremy Fears), a shooting wing (Normand), and an elite scoring big (Booker). All it needs is another athletic wing. Come on down, Coen Carr.

On Saturday, just one day after Carr revealed his commitment date of Aug. 9, Michigan State began to get a flood of predictions. Recruiting experts and insiders on On3, Rivals, and 247Sports all pegged him to be a future Spartan. And that’s where I tend to agree.

The questions on everyone’s mind since Normand committed have been: Will Carr join the class? Will he commit shortly after getting a Michigan State basketball offer? Did Tom Izzo really seal the deal that quickly? Do the other three MSU commits have what it takes to convince him?

The answer to all of those questions will be yes, in my opinion.

Michigan State has the momentum here. Carr loved his visit, connected with Izzo, and he’s close with Michigan State’s three commits in the class. This seems like a no-brainer.

With Carr, Michigan State’s class would be top-three nationally and he’d fill that ‘super-athlete wing’ void that the Spartans need. Normand is a great athlete and he can shoot, but Carr has a different skill set. The two complement each other well on the wings. Carr could develop a solid jumper and be one of the scariest recruits in the class — he’s already arguably the best athlete in 2023.

All signs are pointing to Carr becoming the latest MSU commitment and the fit is there.

It makes too much sense.

  1. MSU has a need for wings.
  2. He loved his visit.
  3. He’s committing less than two weeks after his MSU visit.
  4. He complements the rest of MSU’s commits.
  5. MSU’s commits have been in his ear.
  6. Elite athletes have thrived in East Lansing (Shannon Brown, Branden Dawson, Miles Bridges, Jason Richardson).
  7. Izzo has proven to be a closer.

If I had a crystal ball, it would be Carr to Michigan State.

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