Michigan State Recruiting: 10 elite 2017 football targets remaining

Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio leads the team onto the field prior to a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio leads the team onto the field prior to a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Vayante Copeland (13) gestures to the sidelines during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Vayante Copeland (13) gestures to the sidelines during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Ambry Thomas, 4-star CB

Last, but certainly not least, Ambry Thomas is the top recruit on Michigan State’s board for the 2017 class. He has been No. 1 likely for some time now and even though Peoples-Jones is the top prospect in the state, Thomas is very close behind.

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Thomas is an elite prospect, ranked No. 32 overall in the country as well as the third-best cornerback in the class, according to 247Sports. He also received a huge spike in his rankings after a tremendous performance at The Opening in Oregon.

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The Detroit-native proved that he could play wide receiver as well as cornerback. Like his former teammate and current MSU freshman receiver, Donnie Corley, Thomas can play both sides of the ball, making him that much more valuable of a prospect.

Being good friends with Corley and calling Michigan State ‘family’ in an interview a few weeks back was a good sign for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. Corley could be in Thomas’ ear for the next few months, pushing him to join the family and they could eventually dominate both sides of the ball together.

Not only is Corley a former teammate of Thomas, but Tyriq Thompson and Kyonta Stallworth also went to Detroit King which could be a positive sign for the young prospect. If he wants to know just how much these kids love Michigan State, they’re just a phone call away.

Expect Thomas to take a couple more trips to East Lansing before deciding, but the Spartans are in good shape with him.