The 2018 Michigan State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Michigan State Recruiting Class Overview
It’s a terrific recruiting class for the Spartans highlighted by the defensive side. The offensive skill stars are sparse – even though tight end prospect Trenton Gillison should be fantastic – but the other side of the ball is loaded.
There are a few versatile options who can turn into receivers or defensive backs, but the secondary is getting the most immediate help.
LB Chase Kline might be the star of the defensive haul – with the smarts to be wanted by Harvard – and with a few good linemen led by Zachary Slade, a 6-4 pass rusher out of California. But …
The Michigan State Class Is Heavy On …
The secondary is going to try to No Fly Zone up with four defensive backs coming in and, again, a few other prospects who could move over to the defensive side if needed.
Kalon Gervin is a terrific corner prospect from Detroit, who blew off Auburn and a bunch of Big Ten schools to come to East Lansing.
The coaching staff dipped into Ohio for Michael Dowell and Xavier Henderson – versatile enough prospects to play anywhere – and got a good safety prospect in Christian Jackson out of Georgia.
The Star of the Michigan State Class Is …
TE Trenton Gillison, 6-5, 220
He needs to pack on a few pounds to be more of a blocker, but he’s a matchup problem as a big receiver with great hands and a humongous catching radius. He’ll move a little after the catch, but he’s not a true wide receiver prospect – he’ll shine in the red-zone and as a solid safety valve.
Wisconsin, Michigan and Tennessee were all after him, but he committed to MSU early in the process.
The Michigan State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Spartans are loaded with experience just about everywhere, but they need Brian Lewerke to stay in one piece – and be amazing – with No. 2 man Damion Terry done and Messiah deWeaver transferring.
Theo Day is a 6-5, 185-pound prospect out of Detroit with good enough skills to generate interest from Missouri – the program knows how to develop passers – Minnesota, and a bunch of MAC schools, but he committed to Michigan State early in the process.