Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio received some good news on Thursday when Rivals.com four-star Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South offensive line recruit Kevin Jarvis committed to the Spartans. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound prospect selected MSU over offers from Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas and a host of other BCS programs.
Illinois analyst Tim O’Halloran of EdgyTim.com caught up with Jarvis shortly after he made his decision public and asked him what made East Lansing the place for him.
“Once I visited on Tuesday, I knew that I wouldn’t find another school like Michigan State,” Jarvis said. “They offer so many positives and offer everything I was looking for in a school. Michigan State has just a great family feel and everyone cares about each other on and off the field. The coaches are great and it’s just a great fit for me so I committed.”
In addition to the four-star rating, Jarvis is also ranked the No. 9 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 232 prospect in the class of 2017 overall.
“What I like about his game is that even though he plays with great intensity, he measures it with discipline.,” Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “Rarely see him out of position or overextending. Very good feet for a kid his size with his style. The term ‘light on his feet’ applies here. Just a very well-rounded offensive guard prospect and a very deserving top-10 player at that position in this class.”
The Spartans now have three commitments for the class of 2017, having picked up all three within the last 2 weeks.
More elite players visit East Lansing
The Spartans hosted over 20 prospects on campus on Thursday, including several players who are among the best in the nation at their respective positions.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy OL Robert Hainsey
Hainsey, who Rivals.com rates the No. 56 prospect in the nation, has been on campus multiple times over the last three years. MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten has been recruiting him since he was a freshman. The Spartans are viewed as one of the schools he is seriously considering. Other BCS programs that have offered the 6-5, 285-pound Hainsey include Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and U-M.
Washington St. John’s College QB Kasim Hill
Hill is a four-star recruit, the No. 12 quarterback in the nation and the No. 242 player overall by Rivals. The Spartans were one of the first teams to offer Hill a scholarship and he has a high level of interest in MSU. Some of the other Big Ten schools that have extended Hill a scholarship include Penn State, U-M, Iowa and Nebraska.
Fairfield (Ohoi) OL Jackson Carman
The 6-6, 265-pound Carman is viewed as one of the best prospects in the nation for the class of 2018. He already holds scholarship offers from top programs such as MSU, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. MSU co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett serves as his primary recruiter and you can be sure he will be a regular at Fairfield over the coming months.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.