Five-star center Caleb Swanigan committed to Michigan State nearly three weeks ago. Nothing has changed since then.
“I’m 100 percent,” Swanigan said of his commitment to the Spartans.
Still, MSU coach Tom Izzo can’t publicly discuss the 6-foot-8, 260-pound McDonald’s All-American or what he could bring to the team in 2015-16 because Swanigan has not yet signed his National Letter of Intent. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about committed prospects until they send their LOI, a binding agreement.
A signed document makes the commitment official and, in some cases, puts concerned fans at ease. The basketball signing period is from April 15-May 20 and Swanigan said he is planning on meeting with his dad to sort everything out and send the LOI, ‘In the next week.’
“Everything’s been going well,” Swanigan said. “I talk to Izzo probably every three or four days and text with (assistant coach Dwayne Stephens). … General (conversation) about how it’s going to be when I’m on campus.”
“That’s why people thought I was Cal,” Swanigan said. “(Rabb) told me how good he felt about Cal, told me his stance.”
Swanigan said Duke was ‘definitely in there too’, but MSU was the right fit for a number of reasons.
“Just pretty much (my) past with Izzo and how he’s been able to work with players and make them better,” Swanigan said. “Go there and you have a chance at a national championship.”
MSU now has the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation for 2015 according to 247Sports and a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans for the first time in 12 years. Swanigan, a consensus top-20 national recruit, will join All-American forward Deyonta Davis this fall. The athletic, talented post duo have added to lofty expectations for the 2015-16 Spartans, and Swanigan said meeting those expectations will take a special kind of commitment this offseason.
“If we want to win a national championship, we’ll win it in the summer,” Swanigan said. “Until we start practicing I won’t really know.”