Michigan State Football: Can Spartans reel in 3-star WR Andrel Anthony?

Michigan State football made the top 10 for three-star wide receiver Andrel Anthony from East Lansing. Can the Spartans reel him?

Over the weekend, three-star 2021 receiver Andrel Anthony released his list of top 10 schools and Michigan State made the cut along with a handful of power programs.

Teams like Notre Dame, Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State should give Michigan State a run for its money and his list of offers goes to show just how talented this kid really is. He also had Arkansas, West Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska and Purdue on his list and he held 16 more offers as he approached 30 during his recruitment.

Now that he’s trimmed things down, things are getting more real. He’s looking closely at staying somewhere in the Midwest, it seems, as the Big Ten dominated his top 10.

So where does that put Michigan State?

After the 2019 season and Pinstripe Bowl win, I would have given the Spartans no chance because it seemed like Mark Dantonio fell way behind Michigan in his recruitment. He didn’t make Anthony as much of a priority as he should have and was seemingly willing to let him leave East Lansing. Mel Tucker changed that quickly and even stated that he’s not going to let Andrel leave the city for college.

Being treated like a priority by Tucker, Anthony has seemingly responded well and if I were to guess, I’d say the Spartans are one of his top two or three teams at the moment.

If he were to commit today, I’m not sure Michigan State would be the team to beat, but it would be close with Penn State and Michigan as well.

The longer this recruitment plays out, the better Michigan State’s chances get as Tucker will continue to develop that relationship and don’t forget the virtual tours.

I’d put Michigan State’s chances to land Anthony as of mid-May at 35-45 percent. They’re getting better by the day, but I’m not completely sold that he’s leaning toward the green and white yet.

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Anthony is the No. 495 overall prospect and 82nd-best receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.

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