Michigan State Football: Top in-state target trending to Spartans

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Alex VanSumeren, a former Michigan commit, is now trending with predictions to Michigan State football. 

Michigan State football has some palpable momentum on the recruiting trail right now and it looks like the Spartans are going to build on it.

Over the weekend, Michigan State football added a key piece to its 2022 recruiting class, landing a verbal commitment from Katin Houser, a three-star quarterback according to the 247 sports composite rankings once committed to Boise State.

The Spartans have been moving up in the team rankings for 2022 and have picked up six commitments this month alone. Yet, Michigan State football hasn’t landed any recruits ranked as four-star prospects by the 247 sports composite rankings — at least not yet.

That could change very soon if some new crystal ball projections prove to be accurate as several recruiting experts from 247 sports are predicting Alex VanSumeren, one of the top players in the state of Michigan in 2022 to wind up with the Spartans.

VanSumeren was once committed to the Wolverines but de-committed after his brother, who also played for Michigan, entered the transfer portal. Ben VanSumeren wound up at Michigan State and his brother could too.

Ranked 179th overall in the 2022 class and fourth overall in the state of Michigan, three Michigan State insiders: Corey Robinson, Justin Thind, and Stephen Brooks are predicted VanSumeren to the Spartans with a confidence level of five out on a scale of 1-10.

A national recruitment

Out of Garber, Michigan, VanSumeren’s recruitment went national and he was offered by Alabama, Clemson, Texas A&M, Penn State, and a number of other big-time programs.

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He’s a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle who once played fullback. When he first committed to Michigan, it was as an athlete, so if Michigan State football is able to seal the deal with Alex, it will be a major coup for Mel Tucker and company.

Last recruiting cycle, Michigan State landed a commitment from Rayshaun Benny, only to see him flip to the Wolverines on National Signing Day.

Signing VanSumeren, a budding star at defensive tackle would help make up for that and it would give the Spartans even more momentum, especially within the state of Michigan.

It would also give the Spartans a player with considerable NFL potential and one that could even wind up ranked near the top 100 when it’s all said and done.