The majority of recruits in Michigan State’s 2019 class have already signed their National Letters of Intent with the Spartans during the early signing period in mid-December, but today is the official National Signing Day, and Mark Dantonio and company look to round out the group.
As of press time, Michigan State’s 2019 haul consists of 19 players. The class ranks 30th nationally, and in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten at seven, according to 247Sports.
There isn’t likely to be a ton of additions to the class at this point, but MSU may land a couple more players and possibly a transfer or two. Here is a live tracker for news and signees coming out today. Follow along with us.
Three-star Wide Receiver Tre’Von Morgan: SIGNED
Morgan verbally committed to MSU late on New Year’s Day. He is a huge target at 6-feet-6-inches tall, and 215 pounds. Rated three stars in the 247Sports Composite, Morgan ranks as the No. 56 wide receiver in the entire 2019 class, and the 17th player overall (regardless of position) in the state of Ohio. He can definitely develop into a red zone threat and reliable receiver. He may make an impact on special teams to start as well. Morgan accrued an impressive offers list, with schools such as Washington State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, TCU and many others vying for his services.
Mark Dantonio most likely sees Morgan as an “X” receiver, which generally means he’ll play as the split end and line up on the line of scrimmage. Dantonio also sees opportunity for early playing time for Morgan.
Here is what Dantonio had to say about Morgan, via MSUSpartans.com:
“Tre’Von Morgan is a big-bodied receiver who reminds me a lot of (former Spartan) Plaxico Burress in so many different ways, not just catching the ball and his catch radius, but also the way he attacks things and his aggressive play on the field as well. He comes from an outstanding program in Massillon, Ohio, and played for the state championship this last year. He was really a dominant player for them throughout the year.
”We’re very excited about his opportunities as a Spartan. He should have an opportunity to play early in his career. We’ll play him at X, but there’s so many different positions that he could play as he makes his journey to Michigan State.
”He’s another young man who had a great senior year. As a junior, he probably wasn’t as dominant, but Coach Nate Moore has done an outstanding job there with them. Dan Hackenbracht, a former Spartan, is also a coach on that staff. We got some great insight on Tre’Von from him. (Tre’Von) is a basketball player as well. I think he has a huge upside. He was a ‘no-brainer’ to take when you watched him off his senior film.”
While it’s unlikely MSU will land him, keep an eye on tight end Brett Seither. He has Michigan State as a top-five finalist with Georgia, Alabama, TCU, and Penn State. Another unlikely scenario for the Spartans, but somebody to watch, is running back Keilan Robinson. He verbally committed to Alabama in June, but did not sign with the Crimson Tide in the early signing period. MSU has remained heavily in contact with him. Robinson also recently tweeted that “tough decisions are a part of the business.” It will also be interesting to see where former MSU commit Alante Brown ends up.
Update: Three-star tight end and MSU target Brett Seither chooses Georgia
Update: Keilan Robinson stays true to Alabama
Update: Alante Brown signs with Texas Tech
Brown, who verbally committed to Michigan State in June, chose Texas Tech over Florida State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Iowa State. There is also a little more clarity now as to why Brown decided to part ways with Michigan State. It was first thought that MSU pulled the scholarship from Brown because he decided to visit Florida State against the program’s wishes (and that may still be true), but it sounds like Brown had a change of heart after it was announced that then wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel would be transitioning to defensive backs coach with Don Treadwell taking over wide receivers.
This is what Brown told the Chicago Sun-Times last week:
“I built a good relationship with coach Samuel, and he was demoted to defensive backs coach and he got moved off the field, so that was a big change for me because I wanted to be coached by him,” Brown said. “It’s a little tough … but I’m just real excited about the opportunity that I have in front of me.
Stay tuned for more news throughout the day.