Michigan State Recruiting: Predicting next 5 recruits to commit to 2016 class

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) celebrates his sack of Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (not pictured) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

1. Josh King, 4-star, DE

Josh King is one of the nation’s best overall players, ranked No. 73 in the country and No. 1 in the state of Illinois by 247Sports. He is an all-state football player as well as a state champion wrestler, making him even scarier for opponents.

King would be the highest-rated addition to the class, unless Corley picked MSU first, and would likely make the Spartans a top-five group for 2016.

Watching his highlight film, King reminds me a bit of current Spartan Shilique Calhoun with the physicality of former MSU star William Gholston. You almost feel bad for the offensive linemen who have to attempt to block King as his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame is nearly unblockable.

He would make the perfect complement to Jones and Robertson on the d-line for the Spartans in a couple of years and his rise in the recruiting ranks is not done yet. I know you may be thinking that he’s strictly a defensive player, but King plays some solid tight end for his high school and he looks good catching the ball, almost like a mini Calvin Johnson.

There’s no chance he plays offense in college, however, as his frame is perfect for the defensive end position and his skill on that side of the ball overshadows his offensive production.

King has been in constant contact with fellow Illinois target Naquan Jones as well as recent MSU commit Kenney Lyke. It seems like the writing is on the wall for him to pick the Spartans.

Michigan State has made his final five and he has spoken very highly of the Spartans and said that he wants to get this recruiting process over with, announcing his college choice on June 6.

Decision date: June 6

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