Michigan State Recruiting: Tom Izzo checks in with 5-star SF Keion Brooks

Tom Izzo and Michigan State recruiting checked in on five-star 2019 small forward Keion Brooks Wednesday.

If there’s one thing that Tom Izzo knows to be true, it’s the importance of closing on a recruit early in the class to avoid what he’s facing this year. Michigan State is waiting to hear the decision of three top targets in 2017, and that’s something he’d rather get squared away early in the process.

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For reasons such as those, Izzo has hit the road to take care of some business in the 2018 and 2019 classes. He’s been checking in with top targets and one of them happens to be five-star small forward Keion Brooks.

The small forward could be a necessary wing in 2019 after a couple classes filled with bigs. He reigns from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is one of the Spartans’ top targets, along with Tyger Campbell and Romeo Weems in the class.

Brooks stands 6-foot-8, weighing about 185 pounds and plays aggressively. He can drive to the hole, rebound and shoot from the perimeter, stretching the floor for the three position. Izzo stopped in to see him on Wednesday while new Indiana coach Archie Miller was also in attendance.

Izzo is hoping to close on Brooks before the hometown Hoosiers put too much pressure on.

Can the Spartans steal another top recruit from the state of Indiana? It’s looking more likely, but fending off Miller won’t be a walk in the park. Brooks is ranked the No. 17 recruit in the class, according to 247Sports.