The Michigan State Spartans landed a big-time prospect today with the commitment of Chardon High School (Ohio) linebacker, Chase Kline.
Kline made his announcement through a video via Twitter.
✅Thank you to everyone. From my family, friends, community, and every coach who gave me a chance. I'm committed to.......✅ pic.twitter.com/CYIDoxAbf5— Chase Kline (@chase82bank) July 25, 2017
Kline is the 14th commit in the 2018 class. He is a four-star outside linebacker, according to Rivals. The site also lists him as the 12th-best overall player in Ohio, and the 23rd-ranked linebacker in the country.
Standing at nearly 6-feet-4-inches tall, and weighing in at 225 pounds, Kline made more than 120 tackles as a junior last season at Chardon. He was also named as the MVP at the Rivals Three-Stripe Camp in Ohio this past May.
Kline is the second recruit to pledge his services to Michigan State in July, as Parks Gissinger, a three-star defensive end, did so last week. With the addition of Gissinger and Kline, the 2018 class now consists of 10 players — or 71 percent of the current class — expected to play on the defensive side of the ball.
He is the third linebacker to commit to the Spartans in 2018, joining Jeslord Boateng and Edward Warinner. The relationship between the Michigan State football program and the state of Ohio continues to grow stronger, as Kline is the ninth player to commit from Ohio.
Kline visited East Lansing last week, and initially received his offer in June after attending a camp held at Michigan State. There was high speculation he would soon become a Spartan and luckily that idea came to fruition. Kline is currently the fifth-highest rated recruit in MSU’s class, behind only Trenton Gillison, Xavier Henderson, Theo Day and Michael Dowell.
He held a plethora of other offers, including Big Ten foes Purdue and Minnesota. Other programs, such as Syracuse, Boston College, Iowa State, Temple and a laundry list of Ivy League schools also offered Kline. According to 247Sports, he has garnered 16 total offers.
Kline has stated that he thinks he has a good chance to find early playing time with the Spartans, and that’s likely a big reason why he choose Michigan State.
Welcome aboard, Chase! Go Green!
Junior year highlights (courtesy of Hudl):