The Michigan State Spartans have their quarterback for the 2021 class, as three-star prospect Hampton Fay announced his verbal commitment on Saturday night.
Fay, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound pro-style quarterback, will come to East Lansing all the way from Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints’ Episcopal). He is now the seventh commit in Michigan State’s 2021 class, and the third on the offensive side of the ball.
Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson have been interested in Fay for a while. In fact, he was originally offered by the coaching duo in January while they were still at Colorado. On Feb. 18, just a few days after Tucker became the head coach at Michigan State, he extended an offer to Fay at his new school.
Fay is listed by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 36 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 151 overall recruit in the talent-rich state of Texas. However, he was limited to just three games as a junior (in which he impressed in all of them) due to a torn labrum injury to his throwing shoulder (right), and likely would be ranked much higher had he not been limited last season. Fay doesn’t worry about recruiting rankings, though, and neither should we.
In addition to Michigan State and Colorado, Fay had scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Rutgers, Boston College, Boise State, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh and many others. He was able to visit campus in March, prior to shut downs caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
“The staff has a lot of energy, confidence, and I feel a connection with (them). MSU has some good players and has been used to winning. I like to win and when you can surround yourself with winning players and coaches, you have a chance to do great things. I look forward to one day joining the Spartans. Now it’s time to keep working hard to finish strong for my senior season.”
Fay is expected to enroll early next spring. Assuming his shoulder heals properly and he stays healthy as a senior, the Spartans may be getting a lot of value in Fay.