Michigan State Recruiting: 10 priority 2017 football targets to watch for

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) stretches for the end zone against Air Force Falcons defensive back Roland Ladipo (25) during the 1st half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) stretches for the end zone against Air Force Falcons defensive back Roland Ladipo (25) during the 1st half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

The race for five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is seemingly wide open right now. The Spartans might be one of the leaders for his services, along with Ohio State, Michigan and Florida.

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Peoples-Jones could be one of those once-in-a-decade type of players if Mark Dantonio and his staff can reel him in. He’s considered by many to be the top receiver in the 2017 class and he has all the tools to make him great.

I’ve actually seen Peoples-Jones play in person three times and I’ve come away more and more impressed with him. He isn’t just a solid receiver, but he’s also a great punt and kick returner. Watching high school kids try and bring him down on returns is almost video game-like as he makes defenders look silly.

The five-star from Cass Tech was also named the best athlete at Nike’s The Opening over the summer by out-performing a wealth of top talent, including some 2016 guys. His skill set is so vast that it’s scary to even think he hasn’t reached his full potential yet. He makes everything look so simple and routine.

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Peoples-Jones would be the catch of the class for Michigan State, and he’s a real possibility. He’s ranked the No. 7 overall player and second-best wide receiver in the class, according to 247Sports.