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Michigan State Football: Stanton Ramil’s commitment was a record-breaker

Stanton Ramil made a lot of Michigan State football fans in East Lansing very happy while simultaneously ripping out some orange hearts from the city of Knoxville on Monday night.

The four-star offensive tackle from Alabama committed to Michigan State over Tennessee and Penn State, making him the highest-rated offensive line pledge of the Mel Tucker era.

After all of the offensive line misses over the past few weeks, this was a breath of fresh air.

And it was a record-breaking commitment.

Justin Thind of 247Sports did his own research and revealed some interesting information that should have every Spartan fan drinking gallons of green Kool-Aid.

Michigan State now has the most four-stars in a single class in school history and — checks notes — it’s only August. Just an unbelievable stat.

Not only was this endlessly impressive, reeling a four-star offensive tackle out of SEC country when Tennessee felt like it was the leader in his recruitment, but it also showed that Chris Kapilovic is still one of the most respected OL coaches in the business. Despite missing out on Chase Bisontis, Payton Kirkland, likely Miles McVay, and also more than like Samson Okunlola, he didn’t buckle and stayed consistent with Ramil. He didn’t flinch when former coaches may have.

Ramil is the 10th four-star in Michigan State’s 2023 class and while that’s almost unheard of in East Lansing, it’s also becoming the new norm under Tucker.

Want an even better example of how impressive these 10 four-stars in one class are? Michigan State had just nine total four-stars committed to the 2017 through 2020 classes under Mark Dantonio. Tucker just did more in one class (his third at MSU) than Dantonio did in his final four.

I’m going to avoid any Dantonio slander here because he’s a Michigan State legend and he gave us some of the most memorable years in program history, but Tucker’s recruiting blows his out of the water.

The 2023 class is up to 13 commitments now with Ramil becoming official and there are about four months until early signing day. I would wager a guess that Michigan State aims for at least 20 signees in the class but with the portal as an option, I wouldn’t be shocked if it was less in the early period.

It’s been one of the best weeks to be a Spartan in a long time.

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Michigan State football’s 2024 class is in good hands with top-100 WR Nick Marsh

For the second straight recruiting cycle, Michigan State football is off to an ideal start with a top in-state commitment.

For 2023, it was four-star tight end Brennan Parachek who kicked things off and on Sunday, top-100 wide receiver Nick “Megatron” Marsh got things started for the 2024 class.

Parachek was a fantastic start in 2023, and there honestly may not be a better first addition to the 2024 class than Marsh. He’s considered one of the best athletes in the class at the receiver position and he should end up in the top 100 before it’s all said and done — heck, maybe even top 50.

You know you got a good one when it’s the August two years before he’d arrive on campus and he already has 33 offers. Arkansas, Cincinnati, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin were among the teams vying for his pledge, but he chose to end his recruitment early, verbally committing to Mel Tucker just a day after visiting East Lansing for the second annual Spartan Dawg Con.

Marsh is going to be a special player in East Lansing and he could be the lead player-recruiter for the 2024 class. Good players want to join forces with other good players and Marsh is one of the best.

Listed as the nation’s No. 14 receiver and No. 82 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite, Marsh is going to have no problem convincing other recruits to join him.

This gives Tucker a ton of momentum in the class as well. His sights are still set on 2023, but this helps.

Michigan State hasn’t had this ideal of a first commitment since the 2016 class when Cam Chambers committed and put together “The Dream Team” which eventually dissolved due to some off-field issues. Eight classes later, another elite receiver becomes his Michigan State’s first commitment, but this feels like the perfect do-over.

Tucker’s class is in good hands with Marsh potentially setting off a domino effect and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more 2024 visitors for the Spartan Dawg Con commit before their junior seasons.

“If you can’t recruit at Michigan State, you can’t recruit.”

That quote from Tucker last year was shocking at the time, but now it’s becoming more believable. No coach in MSU history has provided this much recruiting juice.