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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Nov 14, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) rushes the passer during the 1st quarter of a game against the Maryland Terrapins at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) rushes the passer during the 1st quarter of a game against the Maryland Terrapins at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Deron Irving-Bey, 4-star DE

Word on the street with Deron Irving-Bey is that Michigan State is the clear leader. He has been high on the Spartans for some time now and the Michigan staff tried to make up some ground with him at the BBQ in Ann Arbor this past weekend, but likely to no avail — at least that’s what I’m hearing.

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The Flint-native received an offer from Michigan back in March and then the Wolverines offered the following month. His recruitment has blown up a bit over the past few months and he went from unranked prospect to No. 285 in the country as well as the 13th-best strong-side defensive end in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.

Irving-Bey seems like he’s already learning toward the green and white after an interview a couple weeks ago where he was asked about his offers from both in-state schools. He was glowing when asked about when the Spartans offered and didn’t have as much of a personal feel when the Wolverines extended their scholarship.

With James Hudson picking Michigan on Monday, it seems like all but a done deal for the Spartans and Irving-Bey. Another unofficial or official visit to East Lansing might seal the deal for the 6-foot-5, 271-pound defensive end from down the road.

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