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.”
There was plenty of smoke indicating Swanigan would pick Cal over MSU in the days leading up to his announcement, which he attributes to five-star forward Ivan Rabb’s interest – The two became close friends on the camp circuit and Rabb would ultimately commit to Cal three days after Swanigan made his decision.
“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.”