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Michigan State football: Who are the top remaining 2024 targets?

Who’s left for MSU?



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Michigan State football missed on David Stone over the weekend and the 2024 recruiting board is getting smaller.

Ladies and gentlemen. I can finally say it. It’s game week. The 2023 Michigan State football season officially kicks off Friday against my alma mater, Central Michigan, and I could not be more excited.

Over the summer, the football content was heavily centered around recruiting, and for good reason. Mel Tucker and staff took a newer approach to the recruiting trail this season compared to last. Doing so saw some early dividends but the staff quickly had to overcome some adversity with staff departures and some recruits flipping.

Now that the season itself is starting and a lot of major prospects are into their high school seasons, the question is, what’s next?

Let’s take a look at the remaining 2024 targets for Michigan State that are undecided as well as some potential spots they may look to fill before early signing day in December.

Currently, MSU sits at No. 52 overall for 2024 per the 247Sports Composite. They have 12 prospects pledging their services to Tucker next season. Two prospects (Nick Marsh and Andrew Dennis) are listing as four-star recruits per 247Sports. The other 10 prospects rank as three-stars. In total this summer, 27 total prospects took official visits to East Lansing. Three of them are still uncommitted and the Spartans are still actively involved for two of them.

Let’s break down the remaining targets and where they stand along with some other names and potential targets.

Jason Brown, 4-star RB

The first is four-star running back Jason Brown. The Seattle, Wash., product has been trending heavily towards the Spartans. He seems to be the mostly likely to land green still of the remaining prospects. Teaming up with current Michigan State commit Anthony Carrie would give the Spartans a real problem in the backfield for their opponents. Brown is deciding between the Spartans, Oregon, and Washington with the Michigan State and the Ducks pulling away as of late.

According to 247Sports insiders, three insiders have put in crystal ball predictions for MSU to land Brown. While Brown has set no commitment timeline, many folks believe he is closer to committing and we should know something soon. 

DeAndre Carter, 4-star OL

DeAndre Carter was recruit that Michigan State had came on strong later in his recruiting process.

The talented tackle from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is a force in the trenches. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 340 pounds, Carter embodies the size and strength Tucker has been looking for. He ranks No. 103 overall in the 2024 class per 247Sports and No. 14 from California.

Unlike Brown, Carter was pretty vocal about wanting to commit in early fall. He was rumored to still want to take a visit to Texas on Sept. 30 but he reportedly decided against that. Doing so all but ended his speculation of where he might go.

The Spartans put up an excellent fight for him but it appears they will fall just short. Carter will be committing on Sept. 3 and all signs are pointing to Auburn landing him. Whether or not the Spartans continue recruiting him and try flipping him post-commitment remains to be seen.

A potential hot start to the season for Michigan State football may be the best medicine to help that.

Jamari Howard, 4-star CB 

Being completely honest, this recruitment has been a wild one from the get-go. Jamari Howard is the No. 111 player in the 2024 class per 247Sports and was once a Spartan commit. He initially committed to the Spartans early on. His September 2022 commitment surprised a lot of people and he and Nick Marsh have developed a good relationship and were eager to play together.

After some visits to East Lansing in the fall of 2022, Howard’s stock began rising and other major schools started offering the talented corner. In May of 2023, he decommitted from the Spartans and most thought that would be the end of his relationship with the staff. Surprisingly enough, giving credit to Tucker and Harlon Barnett, it was not. They kept in constant contact with Howard and landed another shot at an official visit with him, which happened on June 23.

Since then, not a lot of news has come out regarding where his recruitment is at. Many believe Florida State is still the front-runner. Also some believe that he is using other schools to try to leverage more money from Florida State’s NIL offers.

Regardless of all that, Michigan State football remains in the hunt for the talented corner. While I’m not confident this will end well for MSU, the longer we can stay in the hunt, the better shot we have at landing him come signing day. Should we exceed expectations on the field to start this season, look for Tucker to try to get Jamari back on campus one more time this fall before signing day. If he is able to do that, I’d say MSU has a really realistic shot to pull of the rare recommitment of someone who previously decommitted.

Francis Brewu, 3-star DL 

Francis Brewu is another MSU target that has come on later in the cycle.

This is unique cause he is and has been a Pitt commit for quite some time. Brewu has also not formally visited East Lansing yet either. So what makes him so intriguing? The Spartans and also now Miami have been linked to him and rumors have spread about his growing discomfort with Pitt. Brewu has not said much publicly regarding this and reaffirmed his commitment to Pitt earlier this summer.

Even with the summer affirmation, many people believe there’s a lot of smoke behind the scenes. Tucker has constantly been in contact with him since offering him over the summer. He has also picked up more Power Five offers including Wisconsin and, as of this past weekend, Miami. After Miami missed on David Stone, it appeared they are looking to add another defensive line recruit in the mix.

While it’s been rumored that the Spartans are in good standing to potentially make a flip with Brewu, him receiving a Miami offer is troublesome. Miami has the NIL funding to outspend just about everyone. They also are certainly not happy how things transpired with Stone and potentially MSU’s role in that. Miami does have two high-end four stars already in this class, so playing time could be a factor.

We will follow this closely over the fall to see if a team may be able to flip Brewu from Pat Narduzzi.

Remaining positional targets

Those four are the most talked about names for recruiting targets for MSU. I am willing to bet another name or two may emerge before signing day as well. The Spartans are sitting at 12 commits right now and are certainly looking to add a few more before signing day. Tucker has been candid about his desire to also add via the transfer portal and we can assume there will be several additions once the season ends there.

Ideally I would like to see a high school class of about 13-15 (on the low end) coming in for 2024 to go with the transfer targets.

A position I would certainly like to see added to would be the defensive line. MSU has done a good job bolstering its secondary and offensive line so far in the 2024 cycle. I would like some more pieces on the defensive trenches. Landing another interior tackle and potentially an edge rusher could really help solidify the future pass rush after a really solid 2022 defensive line class.

Also ideally I would like to see a tight end or another big-bodied receiver signed on. Look, by all accounts, Nick Marsh has the potential to be really special. I expect him to become the go to threat who can get you a catch when needed. A bigger pass-catching threat at tight end or X-style receiver would be nice to eventually have. Doing so helps take some of the pressure and attention off of Marsh. This would allow some of our smaller speedster guys to operate more freely out of the slot as well.

Overall, Michigan State football is in a less-than-desirable place to end the 2024 cycle strong. While I think this class is going to end up being a little lower ranked than we initially had hoped, there are some seriously underrated players that will have a major impact on the roster in the future. The focus now will shift to the 2023 season and what the product does on the field will have major implications to how recruiting will finish off the field. If the Spartans can start quickly and fire off some wins to begin the year, we could see potential recruits be willing to start coming on campus for those mid fall games. Getting more guys to visit in October would be huge.

From there, Tucker can really sell what Spartan football is about. Hopefully Friday is just the beginning of that. Go Green.


Michigan State football: Deion Sanders pursuing the top 2024 Spartan commit

This would be a tough loss.



Deion Sanders pushes for Michigan State football commit

Deion Sanders and Colorado are pursuing the top Michigan State football commit in the 2024 class. Not great.

We knew the Mel Tucker firing would begin a domino effect of other schools coming after Michigan State football players. It appears it has already started.

College football is the wild wild west. Now that the future of the Michigan State football program is cloudy, other programs are circling and looking for players to pull away. This includes current players on the roster who will soon have a 30-day transfer window open to them, as well as future commits.

This is an unfortunate reality of the nature of the game. This should have been expected and will continue throughout this upcoming offseason. Until the Spartans have a new head coach, teams will consistently be calling.

One of the latest examples is four-star 2024 Michigan State commit Nick Marsh who recently shared on social media that he’s been extended an offer from Colorado and Deion Sanders.

Few schools in the nation currently carry as much hype and excitement as Colorado. Marsh has already committed to the Spartans, decommitted, and then re-committed again. Potentially losing a player of his caliber again would be a huge blow to Michigan State. Spartan fans will be hoping the program finds stability in the near future to keep Marsh and the rest of the 2024 class intact.

While it’s a near certainty that the program will lose players from both the current roster and future classes, the players certainly aren’t to blame. The nature of college football is that more often than not, players are committing to a coach more than a program. Tucker convinced young men to buy into his vision for the program and the future they could have with him. With all of that changing, it’s certainly understandable why many of these players may be considering a change of scene.

Marsh seems to have a strong relationship with Michigan State wide receiver coach Courtney Hawkins. The hope will be that Hawkins is able to keep Marsh connected to the program throughout this current season.

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Michigan State football commit shoots up the recruiting rankings

Reggie Powers got a nice bump.



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One of the top Michigan State football commits in the 2024 class shot up the recruiting rankings this past week.

For the last week, Michigan State football saw nothing but bad news. So how about some good news for a change? Michigan State commit Reggie Powers just skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings and now is the No. 210 player in the country, according to On3.

Powers is a 2024 safety who committed to Michigan State this past summer on June 14. He was a pretty unknown name to the recruiting world then, but that appears to be changing.

Reggie is a 6-foot-0, 195-pound safety from Dayton, Ohio. He is coming off a great junior season last year that saw him accumulate 80 tackles (8 tackles for loss), 10 pass break ups and 2.0 sacks. On top of that, he also had four forced fumbles which is a huge number for a safety. Powers was previously unranked before this update, but now he is a solid four-star recruit and No. 210 in the country.

What this means for Michigan State

It is no secret that we need help on defense, specifically in the secondary. Since Mel Tucker was hired four years ago, our secondary has arguably been our worst positional group. Having extremely talented recruits at this position is a great sign for our future.

Michigan State’s 2024 recruiting class is still pretty small. We currently have 13 commits and have the 49th ranked class in the country. This poor ranking is not up to our standards by any means, but some of that is due to having such a small number of recruits currently committed. Michigan State will likely rise in the team rankings as more kids commit to the program.

Jaylen Thompson, Justin Denson, Syair Torrence, and Camren Campbell join Powers as the 2024 Michigan State secondary commits.

Will Michigan State be able to hold on to Powers commitment?

This question can be asked for every current Michigan State commit. With the recent news regarding Mel Tucker and the poor on field play against Washington, there are serious questions surrounding the state of our program. No recruit has come out and said much in the last week about the state of our program. However, it would be silly to expect them not to be debating their options at this point.

Any four-star player is always a huge get, but when it’s at a positional need like in the secondary it is that much more important. We are only three months until signing day, so let’s hope we can hold on to him.

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Mom of Nick Marsh blasts Freep for misleading headline

Not a good look for the Freep.



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The mother of Nick Marsh has not taken kindly to a headline by the Detroit Free Press that was used without permission.

In a sensitive time when recruits and current players are undoubtedly hoping to avoid questions about the Mel Tucker situation, it seems like the Detroit Free Press isn’t respecting the wishes of said recruits.

According to the mother of Nick Marsh, her son was approached with questions about the situation and he replied with “no comment” and the Detroit Free Press went on to use a misleading headline without permission.

She went off on the paper on Twitter.

There’s nothing that a recruit could say right now that could be emotionally fair given the situation. Asking them about the head coach that recruited them likely getting suspended and likely fired for a nasty incident is going to yield a mixed bag of responses. But if a player says no comment or visibly doesn’t want to speak about the matter, you respect that.

Clearly that didn’t happen in this case.

From the looks of it, the Freep may have burned bridges with one of the state’s best recruits. Not exactly good for business.

Marsh’s mom is right, though, you don’t publish a headline like that or use quotes when a player doesn’t want to comment. It should be common sense that any commit or recruit is waiting to see how Michigan State handles this situation before making a final decision.

Plus, this just isn’t the distraction needed for Nick Marsh during his senior season and with so much stress already added to his plate with the whole Tucker situation. Now he has to answer to people who believe his quote means that he’s leaving.

This comes just one day after Marsh’s mom expressed gratitude for Spartan moms who are helping to keep things intact during this mess.

Do better, Freep.

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