Over the past week, there has been a lot of movement in the national recruiting rankings. Most of the movement has been from players decommitting from their pledges rather than players committing. Michigan State has benefited from this situation and jumped up a few spots. The fact that a few of the recent decommitted prospects are looking at MSU means it could be a double bonus if they select the Spartans.
Last week, MSU was 11th in the national rankings. It is now ninth. The Spartans first moved ahead of USC when multiple prospects, including five-star prospect and Ann Arbor Skyline star Daelin Hayes, decommitted from the Trojans after the Steve Sarkisian fallout. Other prospects have followed Hayes’ move and the Trojans are now down to No. 14 and could slide further.
The Spartans then moved ahead of Alabama when Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem decided to re-open his recruitment. Kareem was once committed to MSU, but backed out on that commitment as well. Every year, there is one high-level recruit that selects multiple colleges before all is said and done even without any coaching changes taking place. Kareem is on track to be that player for the class of 2016. Notre Dame looks to have the inside track, but until the ink is dry this one it is tough to say.
Ohio State has long been sitting at the top of the rankings, but the recent decommitment of Hubbard (Ohio) prospect George Hill changed that. The Buckeyes fell from the top spot after the four-star recruit re-opened his recruitment. LSU was the lucky dog that benefited from that occurrence.
Hill is a player that Spartans would really like to get. If he selected MSU, he would move the Spartans ahead of rivals Penn State and Michigan. Penn State is No. 6 and they have the same amount of commitments as the Spartans, 20. Michigan is at No. 5, but the Wolverines have 21 commitments for the class of 2016.
The Big Ten has had as many three teams ranked in the top 10 after national signing day, but never four. If MSU lands Detroit King’s Donnie Corley and Hill, the chances of that happening could become very real. The fact that all four of those teams are in the Big Ten East is an even more amazing occurrence.
As of this time, only one team in the Big Ten West is ranked in the top 25, Wisconsin at 20th. If this trend continues where the teams in the east are consistently out-recruiting their western counterparts, something may have to be done to ensure a competitive balance.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.