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Michigan State Football Recruiting: Welcome Aboard - 2016 Safety Kenney Lyke

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2016 safety Kenney Lyke verbally committed to the Michigan State Spartans, becoming the 13th commitment for Mark Dantonio's 2016 class.

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He's ready to be a Spartan.

Standing on his high school's track on a picturesque Friday afternoon, donning a brand new Michigan State hat, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd safety Kenney Lyke announced his verbal commitment to MSU at a ceremonial press conference.

And much like Demetric Vance when he pledged at Detroit Cass Tech on May 13, Lyke was swarmed with praise and support by ones close to him.

"I was looking for, first of all, the right fit," Lyke said. "I wanted to feel at home with the campus. Second, I'd like to have a good chance to play at a high level. I also like the coaching staff, as well, and all the players around me."

Lyke is the third defensive back to commit to the Spartans, joining Vance and St. Francis De Sales (Ohio) cornerback Austin Andrews. He's also the 11th commitment to join the 2016 class in a month's span, starting with Huber Heights (Ohio) pro-style quarterback, Messiah deWeaver.

MSU beat out Notre Dame, Oregon and Baylor for the three-star prospect. Their newest commit gives them the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation by Rivals.com. Lyke is the No. 9 ranked player in the state of Illinois by 247Sports and No. 17 safety in the nation.

"Once I got down to East Lansing in the fall I knew it was the place for me," Lyke said. "Once all the other guys started flowing in and I just was talking to them I knew it was time to make it official."

The next scheduled announcements for possible MSU commits will take place in the beginning of June, as defensive ends Auston Robertson and Josh King, and defensive tackle Naquan Jones are preparing to make their decisions. All of whom are projected to spend their college careers in East Lansing.