Sean is a recruiting aficionado who used to work for rivals.com and the Big Ten Network and now is with Intersport. Look for his mailbag every other week (with some live chats sprinkled in, too). If you have a recruiting question for Sean, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet him @merrimantweets.
I know MSU has offered Isaiah Wilson, the No. 1 recruit in the country out of Brooklyn, NY. What are the chances we finally land a big-time recruit like Isaiah? – MSU’81
I think Michigan State’s chances of landing Wilson are slim to none. He has three official visits scheduled in the near future, to Michigan, Florida State and Alabama. At this point, it’s going to be awfully tough for the Spartans to compete with those behemoths. Now, that doesn’t mean MSU can’t and won’t land future five-star prospects. Remember, Malik McDowell was a five-star recruit MSU got just two seasons ago. Keep an eye on Donovan Peoples-Jones. He is a five-star Detroit product for whom MSU is certainly in the running in 2017.
Who are the Spartans’ basketball targets for 2018? They could sure use a great point guard in that class. – Jdub
The Spartans’ primary targets, at this point, include Shareef O’Neal (five-star PF), Brandon Johns (four-star SF), Trevion Williams (four-star PF), Joey Hauser (four-star PF) and Foster Loyer (three-star PG). They already have a verbal commitment from three-star PF Thomas Kithier from Macomb, MI. Loyer is the point guard they are after in this class. Remember, Cassius Winston is a pure point guard and a guy who I could see being a four-year player at Michigan State.
Is there any chance with Aubrey Solomon still for U of M, or is he going to Georgia? – Alpha Dawgs
I think this was a case of a kid committing too early and feeling like he wanted to see everything out there before making a final decision. There are rumors that Solomon’s recruitment could continue until National Signing Day or even longer. Auburn and Alabama also are in the mix here. I wouldn’t count out Michigan, but it looks like Georgia is the leader right now.
What is your best guess on where Deron Irving Bey ends up? – jw32
I think he is going to stay in-state at either Michigan State or Michigan. I’ve pegged the Spartans as the leader here all along. However, Irving-Bey spoke very highly of his experience at Michigan last weekend. He is scheduled to visit Tennessee soon, as well.
Any chance State goes after Danny Clark or Blake Barnett? – Dark Mantonio
It looks like Kentucky is making a strong push for Clark after his decommitment from Ohio State, and he is expected to make a visit to Lexington this weekend. As for Barnett, this is really intriguing. No doubt, the Spartans would love to add a quarterback with the skill set of a Blake Barnett. But remember this: Mark Dantonio recruited Brian Lewerke and Messiah deWeaver to Michigan State because he felt they best fit his system. His coaching staff is grooming those two to be the future of Michigan State football. What kind of message does it send to those two — and 2017 recruit Rocky Lombardi — if you bring in a five-star quarterback to compete for a starting spot? Also keep in mind why Barnett transferred from Alabama in the first place. He wanted to be the man. With no guarantee that he would be “the man” in East Lansing, I’m not sure this would work.
Does MSU still have a fighting chance for Donovan Peoples-Jones? – At Work
Yes, it does. I think it’s fair to say that Peoples-Jones is a slight Michigan lean at this point, but Michigan State is very much still in the game. He is expected to visit Ohio State this weekend, but unless that visit goes absolutely flawlessly, I expect Peoples-Jones to stay in the state of Michigan and play for either the Wolverines or Spartans.
It is now clear that Spartan Football will need monster recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018. Can they finish off 2017 that way? Can they get some momentum going for the 2018 class? – Northern Spartan
The simple answer to your question is yes, Michigan State certainly can finish off 2017 with a bang. The Spartans are in good standing with several highly touted prospects, including KJ Hamler, Oliver Martin, Tyler Johnson, Lynn Bowden and Deron Irving-Bey. I expect Mark Dantonio and his staff to land at least two or three of those players, all of whom are four-star prospects. As for 2018, it’s still really early, and Michigan State isn’t traditionally a school that racks up big numbers at this point. The Spartans already have a verbal commitment from four-star athlete Xavier Henderson. The 2018 class is absolutely loaded in the state of Ohio, which Mark Dantonio and his staff have done an outstanding job recruiting.