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Live updates of Michigan State football's early signing day period

December 21, 2022
<p>Head Coach Mel Tucker during the game against Maryland on Nov. 13, 2021, at Spartan Stadium.</p>

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

Photo by Lauren Snyder | The State News

After a rather tumultuous regular season, the offseason is officially kicking-off for Michigan State University football. With the three-day early signing period beginning on December 21, the Spartans will welcome the first of their 2023 recruiting class in the coming days. 

The early signing period offers a chance for recruits to sign their letters of intent a few months before the traditional February date. 

MSU currently has 13 hard commits for the 2023 class. Eight of those recruits are four-stars, topped by incoming freshman defensive end Bai Jobe out of Oklahoma. 

Overall, Michigan State’s current 2023 recruiting class is ranked 23rd in the nation according to 247Sports (25 in the composite rankings). That’s ranked slightly higher than last year’s class, which ranked 26 overall (23 in composite rankings). 

There are still a few recruits that have yet to announce their decision. Michigan State will have its eyes on incoming freshmen defensive lineman Ashton Porter from Texas, offensive lineman Keyshawn Blackstock and a few other recruits that have been extended offers. 

Mel Tucker and the recruiting staff are certain to also look towards the portal during this period, so be sure to follow along with the State News’ coverage of MSU’s transfers

This article will be updated as new recruits come in.

Chance Rucker, cornerback

Wednesday afternoon, three-star cornerback Chance Rucker signed his letter of intent for MSU. Hailing from Texas, Rucker had offers from some solid programs, including Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado and Cal. He's the No. 42 corner in the nation according to 247Sports. With Rucker's signing, Michigan State has officially signed all of its 2023 commits (barring some surprise last minute flips from other team's/undecided recruits). 

Jordan Hall, linebacker

Four-star linebacker Jordan Hall signed his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon. The Florida native was a sought after prospect during the recruiting process, collecting offers from Florida and Notre Dame. A student at IMG Academy, Hall ranks as one of the top 20 linebacker recruits in the nation.

Bai Jobe, edge

Michigan State's highest ranked player of the 2023 recruiting class signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning. The four-star edge turned down offers from Baylor, Arkansas and even Alabama. Jobe is the No. 1 recruit out of Oklahoma and is a top 100 player in the nation.

Eddie Pleasant III, cornerback

Ranked as the No. 86 corner in the nation, Eddie Pleasant III is a three-star recruit from Tampa. The Florida native had offers from Florida State and a few Group of Five teams before selecting Michigan State.

Stanton Ramil, offensive tackle

Standing at a towering 6-foot-7 and weighing 310 pounds, Stanton Ramil is a four-star offensive tackle that collected offers from the likes of Auburn and Penn State. The Alabama native ranks 20th nationally at his position.

Jaelon Barbarin, running back

Jaelon Barbarin is a speedy three-star recruit with positional versatility that gathered a bevy of highlights playing running back in high school. The California native had offers from Washington State and Kansas State as well as a few other Group of Five offers.

Sam Leavitt, quarterback

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Michigan State's sole quarterback of the 2023 recruiting class signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning. Sam Leavitt is the No. 1 QB out of Oregon and ranks just outside the top 20 quarterbacks in the nation. The four-star had offers from Washington State, Washington and Florida State.

Sean Brown, cornerback

Sean Brown, a three-star corner from California, signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning. He had multiple offers from PAC-12 schools before choosing Michigan State. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 195 pounds, Brown is a top 100 player from the state of California and a top 100 cornerback recruit in the nation.

Jalen Thompson, defensive lineman

The four-star defensive lineman out of Cass Tech made his commitment to MSU official Wednesday morning by signing his letter of intent. One of the better players in the state of Michigan, Thompson had offers from the likes of Ohio State and Nebraska before he decided to don the green and white.

Keyshawn Blackstock, offensive lineman (JUCO)

Wednesday morning, Michigan State's recruiting class got a major boost with the addition of four-star JUCO offensive lineman Keyshawn Blackstock. Previously uncommitted before today, Blackstock chose MSU over Auburn, Cal and Colorado. The Georgia native stands at 6-foot-5, clocking in at 315 pounds.

Aziah Johnson, wide receiver

Aziah Johnson is a three-star recruit from Richmond, Virginia, and played wide receiver in high school. Johnson had offers from Virginia Tech, Duke and North Carolina before selecting Michigan State. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning.

Jaelen Smith, wide receiver

The three-star wide receiver out of Texas was the fourth player in MSU's 2023 recruiting class to sign his letter of intent. Ranked as a top 100 receiver in the nation, Smith had offers from Minnesota and a handful of Ivy League schools.

Andrew Depaepe, defensive lineman

One of the highest ranked recruits of MSU's 2023 class signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning. Four-star defensive lineman Andrew Depaepe is 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and had offers from the likes of Miami and Tennessee. According to 247Sports.com, he's the second best recruit in the state of Iowa and a top 150 player in the nation.

Brennan Parachek, tight end

Four-star tight end Brennan Parachek signed his letter of intent early Wednesday morning. The 247Sports.com composite rankings have the Dexter, Michigan native ranked as the No. 18 tight end of the 2023 class. 

Cole Dellinger, offensive lineman

Four-star offensive lineman Cole Dellinger was the first of the 2023 class to sign his letter of intent. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 280 pounds, the Clarkston native is one of the 10 best recruits in the state of Michigan, according to 247Sports.com. Dellinger had offers from LSU, Purdue, Kansas and Arizona State.




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