Michigan State football gaining ground for 4-star LB Jamari Buddin

Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State football (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Michigan State football is not only back into the race for four-star linebacker Jamari Buddin from Belleville, but it’s gaining ground.

It didn’t take Mel Tucker long to get back into the mix for some of the state of Michigan’s top recruits in the 2021 class.

Guys like Donovan Edwards, Andrel Anthony, Rayshaun Benny and Jamari Buddin have opened up to the idea of joining Michigan State’s 2021 class after the retirement of Mark Dantonio. The common denominator has been Tucker and his ability to sell the program.

The latter of the aforementioned group has been trending in the right direction with the Spartans according to Rivals‘ Michigan State recruiting expert Corey Robinson.

Besides Robinson putting in a “futurecast” for Buddin to Michigan State, 247Sports’ Midwest recruiting expert Allen Trieu changed his Crystal Ball pick from Michigan to cloudy. That seems to make Michigan State’s position with Buddin look even better.

Buddin has been taking note of Michigan State’s flurry of commitments in the month of April and to start May and even tweeted at Charles Brantley after he verbally pledged to the Spartans.

This could be one of the biggest hauls in Tucker’s first class if he’s able to reel Buddin away from Michigan after he looked like a lock to the Wolverines. He has gone from a hard Michigan lean to a potential 50-50 toss-up and there’s a chance he could commit before his previously-planned fall/winter decision.

Buddin is ranked the No. 295 overall prospect and No. 21 outside linebacker in the 2021 class, according to the composite. He’s also the ninth-best recruit in Michigan.

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Michigan State will have to fight off the Wolverines along with Minnesota and Penn State if it wants to land Buddin.