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Michigan State football welcomes high-profile 2024 recruits before spring game

Michigan State will host some big names before the spring game.



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Michigan State football will host some high-profile recruits this week before Saturday’s spring game/scrimmage.

The Easter holiday weekend has come to a close. The weather here in the mid-Michigan area is starting to break for the better. Football is on the horizon. Most Michigan State football fans are looking forward to this weekend’s spring game festivities to kick off that unofficial start to the season.

Before the spring game weekend kicks off, it was announced today that Michigan State will be bringing in a group of recruits before the game that could raise some eyebrows.

Michigan State On3 reporter Jason Killop reported today that four players from the 2024 and 2025 classes will take unofficial visits to East Lansing on April 10-11.

The group of four players are all from the state of Washington and are rated by On3 as all four-star recruits. These players are highly sought after and hold multiple offers from big-name schools.

The most notable player on the list would be running back Jason Brown from Seattle O’Dea High School in Seattle, Wash. He is listed at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, and is currently ranked as the No. 4 running back in the 2024 cycle, per On3. He is also the State of Washington’s highest-ranked recruit in the 2024 class. Brown holds offers from many major schools, including USC, Oregon, Alabama, and Georgia, among others. The high-profile running back is currently listed as the No. 57 overall recruit in On3’s rankings, so getting him on campus is a good pull for Mel Tucker and Co.

The next player arriving in East Lansing is another Washington native, Brayden Platt. The linebacker from Yelm High School will be on campus on April 11 and was recently offered by MSU. Platt is currently listed as the No. 25 linebacker per On3 and the No. 4 recruit in Washington. Early front-runners for him are USC, Washington, and Oregon, but other major schools, including Michigan State, have made more recent offers.

Next on the list we have high school teammate of Brown, defensive back Kyan McDonald who is a four-star from Seattle O’Dea High School. He has held an MSU offer for a year now, so it’s nice to see Tucker still after his services. McDonald currently holds offers from Michigan, Oregon, Washington, and many others. He sits as the No. 34 cornerback in the 2024 class per On3 and the No. 6 recruit from Washington.

Last, but certainly not least, we have 2025 recruit T’Andre Waverly coming in from Mulkiteo, Wash. Waverly is listed currently as the No. 171 overall recruit in the country for 2025. He plays tight end and is currently listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. Waverly has not yet been offered by MSU but there is speculation he could pick up an offer this week. He does currently hold offers from Texas A&M, Penn State, and Michigan, among others.

Overall, getting four players from the state of Washington to come in for unofficial visits is a good sign. Tucker is continuing with his strategy of recruiting nationally. Whenever you see players willing to travel from across the country on their own dimes, it’s a good indication that there is decent interest in the program. Hopefully the recruiting staff can build some momentum with these players this weekend.

Also, look for MSU to have a big list of visitors this upcoming weekend for the spring game.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

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Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



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Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

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Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



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Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

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