Happy National Signing Day...again.
After a busy early signing period in December, this should be a slow period for the Spartans as they’re looking to add enough players to count on one hand.
Miss anything from the early signing period that has the Spartans ranked No. 29 in the nation per 247Sports? We got you covered with the rundown right here:
And also check out the Spotlight Series from Ryan O’Bleness that showcases the top recruits of this 2018 class:
Bush picks Georgia
Tommy Bush has been one of the biggest targets for quite some time as a 4-star, 6-foot-5 receiver from Texas. However, the Spartans were not favored to land Bush.
In a bit of a surprise, Bush chose the Georgia Bulldogs over Baylor, Texas, Ole Miss and Michigan State. Many expected him to stay in-state at either Baylor or Texas.
With the recent addition of wide receiver Jalen Nailor, the Spartans’ chances of landing Bush were even more slim.
Baldonado picks Pitt
Mark Dantonio and crew tried to add some Italian flair to their roster in 3-star defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado, but he picked Pitt. Central Florida and MSU rounded out his three finalists.
Baldonado was an interesting target, having moved to the United States last summer in hopes to play college football. After a senior season at Clearwater Academy in the Sunshine State that included 30.5 sacks, it’s no wonder why big programs are after him.
Tennessee Pututau stays in Utah
Three-star defensive end/outside linebacker Tennessee Pututau has committed to the Utah Utes. Michigan State was a top-three finalist for Pututau, as was BYU.
Nailor goes green
Over the weekend 3-star wide receiver Jalen Nailor committed to the Spartans to become the third receiver commit of this class.
Nailor comes from one of the top prep programs in the nation in Las Vegas Bishop Gorman — the same school offensive line commit Jacob Isaia comes from.
Update: Nailor officially signs with the Spartans:
MSU gets preferred walk-on commit
Dan VanOpstall of Jenison, Mich. was also announced on signing day as an offensive line commit.
VanOpstall, who is unranked on Rivals.com, had three offers — Army, Indiana State and Western Illinois. After seeing the transformation of lightly recruited Jack Conklin, it will be interesting to see what VanOpstall’s ceiling can be with this team.
Another Kruse brother joins MSU
Athlete David Kruse was also announced as part of the 2018 class, becoming the third Kruse brother to become a student-athlete at MSU. His older brother, Connor, was on the 2014 Rose Bowl team and his other older brother, Danny, is on the wrestling team.
Kruse played at Lowell as a dual-threat quarterback, rushing and passing for over 1,000 yards. He is also currently ranked the No. 1 189 pound wrestler in Division 2.
Spartans add a punter
The Spartans have also added William Przystup, a punter from Oviedo, Florida, to the 2018 recruiting class.