For the fifth time over the past two weeks, Michigan State football landed a commitment in its 2021 class. This time, it was Tyson Watson.
For the fifth time in the past couple of weeks, Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class has grown. On Friday afternoon, the Spartans picked up a verbal pledge from three-star defensive end Tyson Watson from Warren (Mich.) Mott.
With the commitment, Watson becomes the highest-rated recruit in Michigan State’s 2021 class, just edging out last week’s pledge Ethan Boyd.
Watson is ranked the No. 562 overall prospect and 39th-best strong-side defensive end, per 247Sports. He’s also the No. 16 player in the state of Michigan. He joins Boyd, Davion Primm and Derrick Harmon as the in-state pledges for Michigan State in the class.
The other pledge in the 2021 class is three-star defensive back Gabe Nealy from Miami, and the class is just getting started.
So what does Watson bring to the table? Besides having a healthy 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame, he runs well for a big guy and he can make plays in the backfield despite the fact that he might be a little raw. He has a lot of room to grow and his ceiling is high.
Watson’s first step off the snap is quick and almost shocking for a kid his size. He’s in the backfield before opposing linemen even have time to react.
The ball is rolling for Mel Tucker and his staff as it’s grown to five strong in a matter of a couple of weeks, going from zero commits to the No. 35 class in the country.