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Michigan State Football Recruiting: Welcome Aboard - 2016 Defensive End Josh King

2016 defensive end Josh King verbally committed to the Michigan State Spartans, becoming the 14th commitment for Mark Dantonio's 2016 class.

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There's some magic brewing in East Lansing on Thursday, according to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, following the verbal commitment from four-star Illinois (Hinsdale South) prospect Josh King at a news conference held at his high school.

King called MSU's 2016 class "The Dream Team," becoming the fourth four-star prospect of the class, joining pro-style quarterback Messiah deWeaver and wide receivers Justin Layne and Cameron Chambers.

What's the ultimate goal for King? Win a national title.

"The coaching staff is phenomenal to me," King said at the ceremony. "It feels like a family there, people you can connect to. I visited Michigan State many times and each time it gets better and better. I loved it. It felt like home."

King, widely considered to be the most talented recruit Michigan State has landed in the 2016 class, is the No. 1 ranked player from Illinois by 247Sports, and King also jumps MSU ahead of UCLA in the Rivals 2016 team rankings to No. 7, as they're the second highest ranked program to not have a five-star commit, behind Miami.

The 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end had offers from Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Notre Dame, among others. But narrowed his top three to MSU, Southern Cal and Penn State.

The reigning state wrestling champion of the 220 pound weight class joins safety Kenney Lyke and offensive lineman Matt Allen, fellow Illinois prospects who've also committed to MSU.

Michigan State is also the favorites to grab defensive end Auston Robertson, defensive tackle Naquan Jones and defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk. All three are scheduled to announce their decisions before Tuesday.

This past season, King recorded 70 tackles, 18 for a loss and five sacks.