Blackman (Murfressboro, Tenn.) 2023 wide receiver Demitrius Bell has committed to Michigan State over 19 offers including Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Penn State and Pittsburgh. The four-star becomes the second commitment for the Spartans this week, after four-star cornerback Chance Rucker committed to the program late Monday evening.
Both players are coming off last official visit to East Lansing last weekend.
Bell, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect, has a big play ability and becomes dangerous once the ball is in his hands with elite speed and a quick burst. His ability to play outside or in the slot makes him a valuable receiving asset to the 2023 class.
Mel Tucker and wide receivers coach Courtney Hawkins were able to secure a top target at the position after just the first weekend of official visits and now look to add another at the end of this month.
With Bell in the fold, Michigan State now has eight commitments in the 2023 recruiting class, five of whom are rated as four-star prospects. That matches the same number of four-star signees that the Spartans landed in the 2022 class, with a long way to go yet in the 2023 cycle.
Michigan State has not signed more than five four-star prospects in a single class since 2016, when nine four-star players committed to the program.
The Spartans' 2023 group move up to the No. 14 class in the country, according to 247Sports, following the commitment of Bell.
Michigan State verbal commitments, Class of 2023
- Four-star DL Andrew Depaepe; Pleasant Valley High School; Bettendorf, Iowa; No. 160 nationally, No. 23 Defensive Lineman, No. 2 in state of Iowa
- Four-star WR Demitrius Bell; Blackman High School; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; No. 332 nationally, No. 23 Wide Receiver; No. 8 in state of Tennessee
- Four-star TE Brennan Parachek; Dexter High School; Dexter, Mich.; No. 338 nationally, No. 18 tight end, No. 6 in state of Michigan
- Four-star CB Chance Rucker; Ryan High School; Denton, Texas; No. 347 nationally, No. 35 cornerback; No. 59 in state of Texas
- Four-star RB Kedrick Reescano; New Caney High School; New Caney, Texas; No. 361 nationally, No. 23 running back; No. 62 in state of Texas
- Three-star IOL Johnathan Slack; Martin Luther King High School; Detroit, Mich.; No. 494 nationally, No. 34 interior offensive lineman, No. 12 in state of Michigan
- Three-star QB Bo Edmundson; Lake Travis High School; Austin, Texas; No. 713 nationally, No. 34 quarterback, No. 121 in state of Texas
- Three-star CB Eddie Pleasant III; Carrollwood Day High School; Tampa, Fla.; No. 841 nationally, No. 74 cornerback; No. 120 in state of Florida