Michigan State Recruiting: 5 bold predictions for May

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Mar 19, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo reacts during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State recruiting is facing a big month of May and here are five bold predictions for football and basketball.

It hasn’t been the best couple of weeks for Michigan State recruiting, but the Spartans are still aiming to land some big names for both the football and basketball programs. Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio have been working tirelessly to sew up their upcoming recruiting classes and it may pay off soon.

Dantonio has had a rough go of things, though. The 10th-year head coach is coming off his worst season since taking over the football program and his offseason has been just as tumultuous. He is looking to build on a fantastic start to his 2018 class.

As for Izzo, he just missed on Brandon McCoy, a five-star center target, and Mark Smith, a four-star guard. However, he’s still looking to add one, maybe two, more players to his 2017 recruiting class. Who will they be?

Since basketball recruiting is still in the forefront until Brian Bowen commits, you’ll notice that most of the bold predictions are related to Izzo’s team.

5. Spartans avoid grad transfer market

Whether it’s because Michigan State adds another commit to its 2017 recruiting class or because Ben Carter gets a sixth year, the Spartans will void the grad transfer market. This might be good news seeing as the top grad transfer wings have been courted and are making visits currently.

If the Spartans wanted to add a grad transfer wing — a position of need — they would have likely had to get into the mix for some elite targets already.

Despite the consensus being that Izzo will need to add a grad transfer wing because he likely won’t add to his 2017 class, I believe that he will avoid that route and get Carter back for a sixth year, leaving one open scholarship.

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