East Lansing, MI – After a 39-24 loss at Penn State, MSU head coach Mel Tucker spoke about finding ways to improve.
There weren't any questions posed to him about the future of Michigan State football, at least not in terms of recruiting, yet he found ways to broach the topic on his own.
He's relentlessly prioritized recruiting since the university hired him in February, and with signing day on the horizon, his statement wasn't shocking.
It spoke to his process; following a contest, MSU led 21-10 at halftime; Tucker felt the need to express his thoughts on boosting the Spartans roster; through the transfer portal or otherwise.
2021 Michigan State Commits
- East Lansing (Mich.) High 3-star offensive tackle Ethan Boyd
- St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High 3-star offensive guard Geno VanDeMark
- Independence C.C. (KS) 3-star offensive tackle Brandon Baldwin
- Warren Mott (Mich.) High 3-star strong-side defensive end Tyson Watson
- Oak Park (Mich.) High 4-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny
- Venice (Fla.) High 3-star cornerback Charles Brantley
- Venice (Fla.) High 3-star cornerback Steffan Johnson
- Glenville (Ohio) High 3-star safety Michael Gravely
- Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) High 3-star safety AJ Kirk
- All Saints Episcopal (Texas) High 3-star quarterback Hampton Fay
- Loyola (Mich.) High 3-star defensive tackle Derrick Harmon
- Pearl-Cohn (T.N.) High 3-star defensive end Alex Okelo
- DeMatha Catholic (Md.) High 3-star cornerback Antoine Booth
- Oak Park (Mich.) High 3-star running back Davion Primm
- St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High 4-star running back Audric Estime
- Florence (AL) High 3-star outside linebacker Carson Casteel
- North Forney (Texas) High 3-star tight end Kameron Allen
- Hun School (N.J.) High 3-star offensive guard Kevin Wigenton
Who Signs Today?
Michigan State's 2021 class is ranked 42nd in the nation and 10th in the Big Ten, but of the 18 student-athletes committed, who will sign on Wednesday?
The first-year coach expects a majority of them will rather than waiting until February, the traditional period.
"The indication is that most of the guys that are committed will sign, but we'll just have to see. Recruiting is fluid, and you never know until you know, and they're not signed until they're signed. But we're willing to fight for our guys, for the guys that we want, through the 16th and beyond, all the way through to February, all the way until the 11th hour," Tucker said last week. "The hay is never in the barn."
Three-Star RB Davion Primm out of Oak Park, MI
Primm, a three-star running back out of Oak Park, MI, is the first player to sign, which is fitting since he was the first to commit to the 2021 class.
"Solidly built, sturdy back. Can run between the tackles or get outside. Shows good vision, is patient, and runs behind his pads. Has good balance. Is a glider who also has wiggle and ability to make defenders miss," National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said. "Can still get more explosive. Projects as a solid, reliable Power 5 back who can catch the football out of the backfield as well."
The 6-foot-0, 201-pound tailback is a top-30 recruit in his home state and the No. 61 prospect at his position for this class.
Three-Star CB Steffan Johnson out of Venice, FL
Johnson initially committed to Rutgers before reopening his recruitment, narrowing down his favorite schools, and ultimately choosing Michigan State.
In doing so, the 6-foot-0, 160-pound defensive back joined his high school teammate Charles Brantley as the newest student-athlete to commit to MSU's '21 class.
The Florida native received snaps at quarterback and cornerback in 2019 for a program that went 8-5 and reached the 7A state semifinals.
He rushed for 984 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with 404 passing yards and five additional scores.
Three-Star OG Kevin Wigenton out of Princeton, NJ
The best recruiter within the 2021 class, Hun School offensive guard Kevin Wigenton, has officially become a Spartan.
He's one of four offensive linemen committed to Michigan State and is a top-30 prospect in New Jersey (No. 67 OG for '21).
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound guard received an offer from MSU on March 29 and chose the Spartans less than a month later.
Wigenton spoke with Spartan Nation following his commitment on April 27, and it all started with family.
"They showed a lot of love to my parents and me and made me feel wanted and like a priority," he said. "I did a virtual visit, which lasted about three hours, and it gave me a really good feel for Michigan State."
Three-Star CB Antoine Booth out of Baltimore, MD
Booth of DeMatha Catholic was a part of the initial flurry of recruits in April and signed this morning.
The Baltimore native is a top-30 prospect in his home state and the No. 103 cornerback for his class.
Like Wigenton, Booth also committed to Michigan State shortly after receiving an offer in March.
Three-Star CB Charles Brantley out of Venice, FL
The second member of the Venice high school duo, three-star cornerback Charles Brantley is a Spartan.
He's currently ranked in the top-100 for Florida prospects and the No. 38 CB for the '21 class.
Brantley shut down his recruitment in August, ensuring he would come to East Lansing.
Three-Star LB Carson Casteel out of Florence, AL
Spartan Nation sat down with Casteel recently, who expressed his thoughts on Michigan State and the recruiting process.
"I feel like I was a little bit under-recruited. Michigan State was the first power-five school to take that chance on me," he said.
He felt like MSU was "perfect" for him and spoke about playing in front of a packed Spartan Stadium.
Three-Star QB Hampton Fay out of Forth Worth, TX
The 6-foot-5 quarterback out of Forth Worth, Hampton Fay, has officially signed with Michigan State.
Fay remains a player flying under the radar somewhat after playing ten varsity high school football games at QB.
He managed to visit East Lansing before the coronavirus pandemic suspended all in-person recruiting activities.
Three-Star JUCO OT Brandon Baldwin out of Southfield, MI
Baldwin, the only JUCO product in this class, has done everything he needs to become a Spartan.
He spent last year at Independence Community College, a school featured on "Last Chance U," but he chose to come back to Michigan.
The 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle is a top-15 recruit in his home state and the fifth-best player at his position for 2021.
Three-Star WDE Alex Okelo out of Nashville, TN
Versatile three-star defensive end out of Nashville, Alex Okelo has signed his letter of intent.
The Pearl-Cohn standout committed to Michigan State in August and is a top-30 prospect in Tennessee (the only end currently committed).
Three-Star Safety Michael Gravely Jr. out of Cleveland, OH
The first of two commitments from Ohio, Michael Gravely Jr., signed his letter of intent. He is one of three signees set to enroll early.
Gravely spent his senior year at Euclid High School and is the No. 47 recruit in his home state while being a top-100 prospect for 2021.
Three-Star DT Derrick Harmon out of Detroit, MI
Michigan State secured Derrick Harmon's signature, a big defensive tackle of Detroit Loyola.
He committed to MSU on April 15 and is the 28th-best recruit in this state.
Three-Star Safety A.J. Kirk out of Columbus, OH
There goes the second safety from Ohio; A.J. Kirk officially puts pen to paper on his letter of intent for MSU.
He's the younger brother of former OSU star Mike Doss and is projected to become a hybrid defensive back if not a linebacker with enough time.
Three-Star TE Kameron Allen out of Forney, TX
Allen, a three-star tight end of North Forney inks his letter of intent. He's the only tight end in the 2021 class for Michigan State.
Three-Star OT Ethan Boyd out of East Lansing, MI
The second player to commit to Michigan State's 2021 class, East Lansing product Ethan Boyd, has submitted his letter of intent for the Spartans.
He will provide some necessary depth at tackle next season.
Four-Star Linebacker Ma'a Gaoteote out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Michigan State gets a big commitment from the California native Ma'a Gaoteote, a former USC commit who is now the highest-ranking recruit MSU has at No. 155.
Three-Star Defensive End Tyson Watson out of Warren, MI
Watson, a three-star defensive end out of Warren was offered by Michigan State on April 6 and committed days later.
"Tall, long frame. On the leaner side, but has a good start as far as weight and bulk. Makes plays in the backfield and does so with good get-off. Pursues and runs well for a bigger prospect. Still leaning more technique and must improve with his hands. Needs to play meaner at times. Could project to defensive end or offensive tackle in college. Frame and athleticism give him upside," said Allen Trieu Will need some developmental time but has Power 5 tools."