Michigan State football has knocked it out of the park on the recruiting trail in recent years, so which underclassmen will break out in 2018?
Knocking Michigan State football recruiting has been a popular trend over the years because of Mark Dantonio’s willingness to take chances on three-stars instead of star-gaze and aim for the four and five-stars of the country.
What happens when you knock Dantonio and his recruiting tactics? He goes out and develops those same kids into All-Americans and top NFL draft picks — just ask Connor Cook, Kirk Cousins, Darqueze Dennard, Jack Conklin, Le’Veon Bell, Shilique Calhoun and Trae Waynes.
Over the past couple of classes, Dantonio has won some big recruiting battles but has also reeled in his share of underrated prospects.
Some of those guys could be on the verge of a breakout with major playing time coming their way in 2018.
Which five underclassmen could break out in 2018?
Kevin Jarvis was one of Michigan State’s highest-rated signees in the 2017 class and he played well enough to appear in all 13 games, starting 10 straight.
The first-year guard was named to the BTN All-Freshman team, but not many people outside of East Lansing realize just how dominant he can be. He stands 6-4 and weighs in at about 310 pounds and has the foot speed and strength of one of the Big Ten’s top up-and-comers in the trenches.
Some could argue he broke out in 2017, but he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet. He could be the key to the offensive line’s success in 2018 and potentially the Spartans’ next All-American up front.
Let’s just say LJ Scott and Brian Lewerke could be buying this kid dinner a lot this season.