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Live updates of Michigan State football's early signing day period: MSU has 8 commits signed from the state of Georgia

December 15, 2021
<p>Head Coach Mel Tucker before the game against Maryland on Nov. 13, 2021, at the Spartan Stadium.</p>

Head Coach Mel Tucker before the game against Maryland on Nov. 13, 2021, at the Spartan Stadium.

Photo by Lauren Snyder | The State News

Michigan State Football will be gaining new players today as members of the 2022 recruiting class can sign their national letter of intent on early signing day on Dec. 15.

Early signing day is an opportunity for high school recruits to lock down their commitment earlier in the year as opposed to waiting until the normal national signing day in February. 

As it stands right now, Michigan State holds commitments from 20 players in the 2022 class, good for the 18th best recruiting class nationally, according to 247sports.com. Michigan State’s class is composed of five four-star recruits, like quarterback Kaitin Houser and defensive lineman Alex VanSumeren, and 15 three-star recruits. 

Michigan State Football Head Coach Mel Tucker said he expects everyone that is committed to sign their national letter of intent on Wednesday but added that nothing is certain in college football recruiting.

MSU has aggressively hit the recruiting trail since the season ended with the hopes of bolstering the 2022 class into a top-15 group in the country. Michigan State’s coaching staff has targeted a number of players such as five-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin, wide receiver Armani Winfield and defensive back Caleb Coley according to 247sports.com.

Tucker said he expects to bring in a recruiting class of 25 players, the maximum allowed by the NCAA, by the February signing day.

Stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Tate Myre, honorary recruit

Michigan State's first commitment of the early signing period was given to Oxford linebacker Tate Myer, who was killed in school on Nov. 30. Myre was a 16-year-old football player going through his own recruiting process before his life was tragically cut short. Michigan State honored Myre, who grew up as an MSU fan, by making him an honorary part of MSU's 2022 class.

Jack Nickel, three-star Tight End

Nickel is a three-star tight end from Milton, Georgia. Nickel committed to the Spartans in July and is in line to compete for playing time immediately following the departure of tight ends Connor Heyward and Tyler Hunt. He is one of five players in MSU's 2022 class that committed prior to signing day.

Jaron Glover, three-star wide receiver

Glover is the second official recruit of the 2022 class. A three-star receiver from Sarasota, Florida, Glover verbally committed in June of this year and will add depth to a wide receiver room that will already be a loaded one in the 2022 season.

Five-star offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin to postpone decision between MSU and Kentucky

Viewed as the crown jewel of the 2022 class for the Spartans, Goodwin announced this morning that he will be taking more time to come to a decision. Goodwin would be the first five-star commit for the Spartans since Malik McDowell.

Quavian Carter, three-star linebacker/safety

Carter is a three-star linebacker from the state of Georgia who committed in early June to the Spartans and has signed the dotted line today despite offers from Clemson, Florida State and more.

Jalen Berger, four-star, Wisconsin transfer running back

A Ramsey, New Jersey native, Berger was a four-star recruit out of high school. He joined Wisconsin in 2020, rushing for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Berger was dismissed from the Badger program during the 2021 season and announced his verbal commitment to MSU shortly after.

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Jack Stone, three-star kicker

Stone is a three-star kicker but ranked as one of the top in the country. He unofficially visited LSU and Cal but did not receive an offer. Stone's only offer came from MSU in June.

Aaron Brule, Mississippi State transfer linebacker

Brule joined the Mississippi State program in 2018 after flipping his initial commitment from Georgia. He entered the transfer portal Dec. 2 and verbally committed to Michigan State one week later. Brule joins MSU as a graduate transfer.

Jacoby Windmon, UNLV transfer linebacker

Windmon joined UNLV as a part of its 2019 recruiting class. He quickly became one of the nation's more prolific tacklers, totaling 118 in the 2021 season. Windmon committed to the Spartans less than two weeks after entering the portal.

Chase Carter, three-star defensive end

Chase "Simba" Carter will bring some much-needed size to the defensive line at six-foot-six, 214 pounds. With the experience of the defensive line leaving, Carter could see playing time right away.

Khristian Phillips, three-star offensive guard

Phillips is a six-foot-four, 350-pound offensive lineman from Conyers, Georgia. Phillips will help replace MSU's veteran 2021 offensive line. He was the first commit for MSU in the 2022 class when he verbally announced he was going in Nov. 2020.

Malik Spencer, three-star safety

Tucker and the MSU staff continue to plant their roots in the state of Georgia, this time picking up Spencer, a three-star safety from Buford High School. Spencer committed to Michigan State in March but took unofficial visits to Miami, Georgia, and Arkansas in the past six months.

Braden Miller, three-star offensive tackle

Miller comes from the state of Colorado, Tucker's former stomping grounds when he was at the University of Colorado as their head coach. At 6'6" and 290 pounds, Miller will bring some much-needed size to the offensive line that will lose some experience this offseason.

Jaden Mangham, four-star athlete

A Franklin, Michigan native, Mangham is an uber-talented athlete that has signed with MSU. At Wylie E. Groves High School, he played defensive back and wide receiver. Standing at 6'3" and 185 pounds, Mangham is a lengthy build, but if he puts on some weight he could become an extremely impactful player in East Lansing.

Kiyaunta Goodwin to commit at 3:30 p.m.

Goodwin after postponing his commitment this morning will choose between Kentucky and Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. via CBSSportsHQ. Goodwin is a five star offensive tackle that would make an impact right away for either school.

Caleb Coley, three-star cornerback

Cooley recently rescinded his commitment from Vanderbilt to come to the Spartans after also fielding offers from Clemson, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Cole will look to sure-up a secondary that was among the worst in Division I this season.

Alex VanSumeren, four-star defensive linemen

Brother of MSU redshirt junior linebacker Ben VanSumeren, Alex is one of the Spartans' top recruits in the 2022 class. He is ranked as a top-four player in Michigan and has an impressive resume with offers from Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M, Alabama, Clemson and numerous other Power Five schools.

Malcolm Jones, three-star safety

Jones recently de-committed from Virginia Tech and verbally committed to Michigan State late last night. Jones is the sixth commit from the state of Georgia to join the Spartans today.

Ade Willie, three-star cornerback

Once again reaching from the south, Willie commits to the 2022 class looking to help out with the secondary. Willie held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Virginia and Boston College.

Antonio Gates Jr., four-star wide receiver

Gates, the son of former San Diego Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates, has signed with the Spartans. Gates is the ninth overall rated recruit in the state of Michigan and chose Michigan State over Cincinnati, Arkansas and Central Michigan.

Tyrell Henry, three-star wide receiver

Henry is an in-state recruit who held offers from Michigan, Penn State and more. Henry will likely be a reserve for a couple of years before seeing meaningful playing time with the loaded wide receiver room.

Khris Bogle, Florida transfer defensive end

A former four-star defensive end, Bogle transferred after the firing of Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen. Bogle is a highly regarded prospect that should play right away for MSU. In 35 games for the Gators, Bogle racked up 69 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. Bogle is the seventh player to come to East Lansing from Georgia.

Zion Young, three-star defensive end

Young was announced via Tucker's signing day press conference today. Despite holding offers from Missouri, West Virgina and others, Young chose MSU and is now the eighth member of the class to come from Georgia.

Michael Masunas, three-star tight end

Masunas will look to bring back the tight end position for MSU with his ability to block in the run game as well as catch balls as a matchup nightmare at 6'4". The Arizona native held offers from Arizona, Tennessee and Utah.

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