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Michigan State football makes final 4 for a top Midwest recruit

Can the Spartans win this battle for a top Midwest recruit?



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Michigan State football has made the final four for one of the top Midwest recruiting targets in the 2025 class.

Official visit season is here, and Michigan State football just hosted its first set of high school recruits this past weekend in East Lansing. Now that June is upon us, high school recruiting will be picking up a notch.

Earlier today, Michigan State made the top four for three-star defensive tackle Abu Tarawallie who is the No. 2 overall recruit in the state of Minnesota. Tarawallie is also considering Kansas State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Back in April, Tarawallie made an unofficial visit to East Lansing and now has set a return trip for an official on June 7 as he makes his rounds prior to committing to a school. Joe Rossi and Jonathan Smith will need to impress to pull him from the Minnesota and Wisconsin area.

I imagine Michigan State’s new defensive coordinator is a big influence here from his time at Minnesota. We continue to see the new staff prioritize players in the Midwest who fit the new scheme which is a different recruiting methodology than the previous regime.

The 6-4, 275-pound defensive lineman from Heritage Christian Academy is ranked 655th nationally and is the 66th defensive lineman according to 247Sports. Tarawallie has all the physical features required to make an impact in the new Big Ten. He has room to add weight to his frame which can be done easily through a college strength and conditioning program.

In the past, I’ve always fallen for recruits who drop ‘top schools’ and it feels like the new coaching staff has been recruiting players who don’t like to make a spectacle of their recruitment. That said, this is different from players we’ve seen drop lists of top schools and it just includes a bunch of ‘bag schools’.

Whoever ends up landing Tarawallie will be adding a solid contributor to the defensive side of the ball and a player with the potential to develop into an elite run-stopper. If he doesn’t ultimately commit to the Spartans, I selfishly hope he goes to a school outside of the Big Ten.


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