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Spartans Kick Off 2022 Recruiting Class With Georgia Offensive Lineman Kristian Phillips

“Big Dooley” becomes Mel Tucker’s first pledge among current high school juniors. Welcome, big fella!

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While the action on the gridiron was clearly disappointing for Michigan State Spartan fans this weekend, Sunday evening turned out just peachy.

Coach Mel Tucker received some good news as Conyers, Georgia native Kristian “Big Dooley” Phillips became the charter member of Michigan State’s 2022 recruiting class. According to Rivals, Kris is listed as 6-feet-5-inches tall, and weighs in at 335 pounds. He projects as an offensive guard. I believe the technical term for Phillips is that he is a “large individual.”

Phillips’ recruitment has been a bit under the radar at Salem High School, as he is currently unranked by 247 Sports and only lists offers from Arizona State and Delaware State. But, Kris is listed as a 5.6-rated, mid-three-star recruit by Michigan State offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic is credited for securing the commitment.

“Big Dooley” adds to the list of recent recruits from Georgia to commit to the Spartans — Simeon Barrow, Jordon Simmons, and Ricky White were part of the 2020 class, while Shakari Denson was a recent add to the 2021 cycle. Simmons and White already have the look of future stars for the Green and White. Considering that Mel Tucker spent three seasons in nearby Athens, Georgia as the defensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs, this might be just the beginning of an uptick in recruiting from the Peach State.

Rumor has it that Sunday night’s commitment may not be the last for MSU this week. Recruiting experts project that the Spartans will add four-star offensive tackle Rayshaun Benny from Oak Park, Michigan in the coming days, as well as perhaps one additional mystery recruit. Stay tuned to The Only Colors for more details if and when the news breaks.