Verbal commitments in the 2021 cycle are starting to pick up for the Michigan State Spartans, as homegrown product Ethan Boyd is going green.
Boyd is a three-star offensive tackle out of East Lansing High School. He stands at a towering 6-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 285 pounds.
Following three-star Oak Park running back Davion Primm, Boyd is the second commitment in the 2021 class for Michigan State, and second ever in the Mel Tucker era. It’s important to note both of these players are in-state recruits and the staff is putting an emphasis on talent within Michigan.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Boyd is the No. 75 offensive tackle and No. 800 player overall in his class, while also ranking as the 22nd prospect in Michigan. He held additional offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Toledo, Central Michigan and many other schools.
Boyd is also a talented basketball player for the Trojans, playing the center position for a team that went 19-2. That goes to show off some of the impressive athleticism Boyd has even at his size. On the football field, Boyd earned all-state honorable mention as a junior from both the Associated Press and Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Allen Trieu, 247Sports recruiting analyst, had this to say about Boyd:
“I think it’s clear this staff wants big bodies up front,” Trieu said. “Boyd is not just big though, he’s a good athlete who has contributed on a good basketball team as well at East Lansing. He has not played football for that long so there is plenty of upside here. He has really taken to working at his game, which makes us more confident he will reach his ceiling.
Growing up in East Lansing, Boyd is plenty familiar with the university, and has been a “big MSU fan” his whole life. He also participated in a camp event at Michigan State last summer. He was offered by the Spartans on March 16, shortly after visiting campus on the weekend of March 13. That was critical for MSU to bring Boyd in just before the pandemic shut campus down.
Obviously, Michigan State’s been at a huge disadvantage in terms of recruiting, as Mel Tucker didn’t join the program until Feb. 12 and then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all on-campus recruiting efforts and face-to-face visits. However, that hasn’t stopped Tucker and the staff from hitting the recruiting trail hard remotely, and as Darien Harris told us, everybody on staff is a recruiter. With two commitments already this week, expect a lot more to start rolling in moving forward.