Michigan State football recruiting momentum builds with 3-star S Gabe Nealy

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Michigan State football’s momentum continues with its third commitment this week in three-star safety Gabe Brown from Miami.

One week ago, Michigan State had zero 2021 commitments and was ranked last in the Big Ten in recruiting for the cycle. Fast forward to Saturday evening and the Spartans have three commitments with the latest coming from three-star defensive back Gabe Nealy.


The Miami-native has been high on the Spartans’ recruiting board since Mel Tucker took over and he has the size that could make him one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in the class. He may not be the highest-rated as the No. 959 overall prospect and 67th-best safety in the class, but he stands 6-foot-4. He’s lanky at 175 pounds, but can add some weight to that frame.

At the high school level, Nealy played cornerback and receiver as well, so his tall frame makes sense on the offensive side of the ball, but he’s a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Try throwing to a receiver with a 6-4 cornerback covering him.

One thing that stands out on film is his ability to read the quarterback’s eyes, but he also has long arms which make breaking up passes that much easier for him.

Nealy held offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pitt and UCF. It was big for Tucker to reel him out of Miami over the Hurricanes, landing his first out-of-state prospect.

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Momentum is building after commitments from Davion Primm, Ethan Boyd and now Nealy. Just imagine how well the staff will recruit when they can get kids on campus.