It’s National Signing Day 2020! Due to the early signing period in December, this day has become much less eventful, as the majority of recruits have already signed. But, due to the Mark Dantonio’s decision to suddenly step down as Michigan State head coach, things have gotten interesting for the Michigan State Spartans football program.
The majority of the Spartans’ 2020 class has already signed during said early signing period, 19 to be exact, with seven already enrolled in school. When a player signs a Letter of Intent, it is a binding contract between the school and the player, not tied to coaches. Given the Dantonio news, these players who have already signed can ask for a release from the school, but it is at the school’s discretion whether it is granted or not.
With all of that said, there are still a few verbal commits that MSU planned to sign today. How will Dantonio’s decision affect the unsigned recruits? We will be tracking and updating this post throughout the day.
Three-star Defensive lineman Jasiyah Robinson stays true:
This is a heavy defensive linemen class for MSU, at defensive end in particular. With Robinson (Groveport, Madison), though, he could play anywhere from defensive end, defensive tackle or even outside linebacker. The Spartans offered Robinson late due to issues with his grades, but once he straighten things out academically, the program extended an offer. Robinson earned All-Ohio honors two years in a row.
Three-star Running Back Donovan Eaglin signs with Michigan State:
Eaglin, out of Manvel, Texas, was a late bloomer and verbally committed to the Spartans right after receiving the offer. He had a tremendous senior year with nearly 1,600 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on his way to first-team All-District honors. The Spartans may be getting an absolute steal here as Eaglin was criminally under-recruited after dealing with injuries in high school. Eaglin may be the only running back in the class if Jordon Simmons chooses to go elsewhere.
Highly-touted running back recruit Jordon Simmons is delaying his decision to sign with MSU.
This would be a huge loss for MSU, as the three-star running back out of McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Georgia) is one of the most talented offensive pieces in the 2020 haul with offers from many powerhouse programs such as LSU, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and many others. Simmons planned to play for Mark Dantonio, so you can’t blame him for rethinking his options. There is a high chance he signs with another school in the future.
Other players expected to join the program are Illinois transfer long snapper Nolan Rossback (will likely need to sit out a year), along with several preferred walk-ons, including quarterback Zach Gillespie (Lansing Catholic), quarterback Sebastian Brown (Cass Tech), wide receiver JoJo Martinez (Holt) and outside linebacker/wide receiver Sam Edwards (Lansing Catholic).
It would be unlikely for MSU to flip any recruits from other programs or grab somebody out of the transfer portal without Dantonio at the helm, but we’ll keep our eyes on it and fill you in if so.
In all likelihood, the aforementioned news is all we can expect to hear today, but if something changes, we will be sure to update this post.