The Michigan State Spartans have picked up a 14th verbal commitment in the program’s 2021 recruiting class, as three-star safety Jah’von Grigsby is choosing to take his talents to East Lansing.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native out of Scotlandville Magnet High School is listed at 6-foot-even and 182 pounds. Grigsby is rated as the No. 19 player in his home state, the No. 52 safety in the 2021 class and the No. 703 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Head coach Mel Tucker, along with Louisiana native and graduate assistant Cordae Hankton and safeties coach Mike Tressel, originally offered Grigsby in April and have been pursuing him hard ever since. Grigsby initially planned to commit in June, with what many experts predicted to be a Michigan State lean, but he decided to push back his commitment date to today. After MSU led his recruitment for a while, Vanderbilt recently picked up steam, but that quickly changed leading up to now, as Grigsby sticks with the Spartans.
In addition to Michigan State and Vanderbilt, Grigsby had an impressive offers list. Programs such as Auburn, Louisville, Miami (FL.), Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, Houston, SMU and a host of other schools all extended scholarship offers to the talented safety.
Not only is Grigsby a supreme talent on the gridiron, he is an extremely high-character, mature person at such a young age, and an incredible student, who is thinking about studying engineering in college. Here is what Grigsby’s high school head coach, Lester Ricard, had to say about him, via The Detroit News:
“He is a 4.1 GPA student and basically the man of his home,” Ricard said. “He is fluid in two languages. He is one of the best kids I’ve ever coached. He is second to none. There were days when his mother asked if he could be late to practice because he had to pick his siblings up off the bus because she had to work late. He doesn’t shy away from responsibility.
“He is a once-in-a lifetime kid who knows how to prioritize things,” Ricard said. “I always say, ‘God will never put more on you than you can bear’ and he bears that responsibility. Some kids say it’s too much and they don’t want to do all this and play football or they want to play football so they eliminate other things, but he relishes all the responsibility. He’s phenomenal in that.”
As mentioned above, Grigsby brings the current 2021 class to 14 recruits. He is the fourth defensive back, joining cornerbacks Charles Brantley and Antoine Booth, and safety Michael Gravely Jr. Grigsby gives the Spartans seven players on the defensive side of the ball in total as of press time.
Grigsby is also currently the only member of the class hailing from Louisiana. Tucker is doing his best to create relationships and build pipelines all over the country, with commitments across eight different states thus far — Michigan, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and now Louisiana.
According to his Hudl tape, Grigsby recorded 66 tackles, two interceptions, four fumbles recoveries, one forced fumble and scored a touchdown as a junior. He played both cornerback and safety for the Hornets. You can watch those highlights below, and please do note the big hits: