One of the top targets on Michigan State recruiting’s board for the class of 2019 announced his commitment via Twitter last night. The local product out of Cass Tech (Detroit) decided to take his talents out West.
4-star halfback Jaren Mangham who had Michigan State within his final schools, decided on July 24 to commit to the University of Colorado. For all intents and purposes, it seemed the star running back’s recruitment came down to the Spartans and Buffaloes. Although the chance to play and perhaps start as a true freshman was too much to pass up for Mangham.
What does this mean for Michigan State going forward?
While it is an obvious disappointment for a team looking for an heir apparent to senior L.J. Scott, it is not a major blow to what has already been a successful 2019 class. The Spartans have two halfbacks in its current class with Anthony Williams Jr. (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Brandon Wright, (Euclid, Ohio) both of whom should have an opportunity to earn carries as true freshman. Meanwhile, Michigan State landed Elijah Collins (Detroit, Mich.) and La’Darius Jefferson (Muskegon, Mich.) in its 2018 class. In addition to those recruits, the Spartans will also have sophomore Connor Heyward who was mostly used in the return game in 2017 but showed flashes out of the backfield during April’s Spring game.
Isaiah Gibson adds Florida and Georgia to list
Gibson, a 3-star defensive tackle out of Springfield, Ohio, initially had Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky in his top five. However, after recent offers from Georgia and Florida, the 6-4 and 298 prospect has widened his list of possible schools.
Gibson intends to announce his commitment on Sept. 19 and has taken official visits to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue. With a visit to Athens this week to check out the Bulldogs campus, the pressure is on the Spartans to nail down a date for an official visit.
Spartans in the mix for former Rutgers TE commit
Michigan State is reportedly interested in 3-star tight end Tyler DeVera after his de-commitment from Rutgers on July 19. This came a week after his older brother Brendan DeVara was dismissed from the Scarlet Knights for a violation of team rules. The Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) product has offers from Western Michigan, Air Force, Buffalo as well as Rutgers.