Michigan State Recruiting: Top 10 football targets for 2018 class

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Nov 26, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Brandon Bell (11) tackles Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Monty Madaris (88) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan State 45-12. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

9. Joseph Scates, 4-star WR (Dayton, Ohio)

There were rumors swirling a week ago that four-star receiver Joseph Scates was going to be the next commitment in the Spartans’ 2018 class, but nothing has come of that just yet. He is currently a strong Spartan lean and he could be the first receiver to commit to the 2018 class.

It was tough to put either Micah Jones or Scates in this spot because both are top priorities on the Spartans’ recruiting board, but the latter is more likely to commit first. Reigning from Ohio, you’d think he’d be an Ohio State lock, but the Buckeyes haven’t really been recruiting him that hard.

Scates, a Dunbar, Ohio, native, stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 175 pounds. While he could afford to add a little meat to his bones, he has ideal height to be a force at the next level. He is athletic, has speed to burn and often times makes opposing corners look silly.

Like I said, though, he needs to add some weight in order to be able to hang at the next level with physical defensive backs and avoid injury. He currently ranks as the No. 201 overall recruit and 29th-best receiver in the class. He is hearing primarily from MSU, but has 11 offers.

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