The Michigan State Spartans pulled another recruit from the state of Ohio when offensive lineman J.D. Duplain announced his commitment on Wednesday.
Duplain, a three-star guard from Strongsville, Ohio, made his decision public via his Twitter account. He is the 16th member of the Spartans 2019 recruiting class.
“This has been an amazing process and I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me and being with me throughout it all! I am very excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Michigan State University! #GoSpartans
The decision seemingly came down to MSU, Indiana, Boston College and possibly Clemson. Duplain received interest from many Power Five conference teams, including offers from Arkansas, Missouri and three other Big Ten schools.
At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Duplain is listed as a guard by 247 Sports. He is listed as the No. 37 guard in the country and No. 37 overall in Ohio.
MSU appeared to have a bit of an inside track with Duplain, who had said he was a fan of the Spartans growing up. Duplain said that both he and his father, also a fan, celebrated a little after receiving the MSU offer, according to Spartan Nation.
“I just always liked them as a kid,” Duplain said. “I have visited there twice now, went to a game and then I went to the spring game not that long ago and both times, I’ve come to like them more and more. I got to see the facilities and I got to be around the coaches and I really like it there.”
The compliments towards the coaching staff continued after the lineman made a third visit to East Lansing. He said the coaching staff went as far as to let him know they were still interested even after Devontae Dobbs committed, according to 247 Sports.
After making his announcement, Duplain was congratulated by fellow members of the 2019 class – Tate Hallock and Marcel Lewis.
Duplain becomes the fifth offensive lineman in the 2019 class – joining Dobbs, Spencer Brown, Nick Samac and Damon Kaylor.