On Wednesday, Michigan State got some good news when class of 2015 defensive back Tyson Smith of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s made a commitment. He made his decision while in East Lansing to watch the football team practice and the basketball team take on North Carolina.
“I grew up around a lot of Spartans and I have always followed then and wanted to be one,” Smith said. “Michigan State is a great program and it is close to home so my family and friends can come and see me play. My family was excited for me when I told them. The coaches at Michigan State do a great job. They made me feel very welcome every time I was there and made me feel like I was already part of the family.”
MSU 1-Day camp. Smith showed exceptional ball skills and was impressive in the testing portion. He has been clocked as fast as 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. When Smith officially arrives in East Lansing, he will have a familiar face on the team as current high school teammate and fellow defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson will already be at MSU.
“It will be nice having him there because I know he will be able to mentor me and let me know what to expect when I get up there,” Smith said. “We have been playing with each other since I was 6 years-old. We have been able to help each other become better players.”
Smith joins Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell as MSU’s class of 2105 commitments.
Four-star DT visiting
Sun Prairie (Wis.) defensive tackle Craig Evans has been on the East Lansing campus this week. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Evans is rated a four-star recruit, the No. 1 player in Wisconsin and the No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2014 by Rivals.com.
Evans has been committed to Wisconsin since the summer time, but he has maintained that his commitment is “soft” and he is considering other schools. MSU has long been viewed as the school most likely to have a chance to lure him away from the Badgers.
Evans camped at MSU this past summer and has maintained frequent contact with the Spartans’ staff. MSU is graduating defensive tackles Micajah Reynolds and Tyler Hoover, regarded a positive aspect for Evans, looking to make an immediate impact in college. The fact that fellow Wisconsin products such as Trae Waynes and R.J. Shelton have stepped in and played early at MSU cannot hurt their chances with him.