Michigan State football: 4-star TE Michael Trigg should be top priority

Matt Dotson, Michigan State football (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Michigan State football should make four-star tight end Michael Trigg a priority in the 2021 class as the Spartans recently made his top 20.

When you hold nearly 50 offers, trimming your top schools list down can be next to impossible, especially at a time when visiting colleges is off the table.

For Michael Trigg, a top 20 might seem ridiculous, but it shows that he’s pared his list of offers down from four dozen to less than two dozen. He released his top schools on Sunday, and Michigan State made the cut despite being one of his latest offers.

In case you didn’t realize, he possesses one heck of a list of offers and his top schools reflects that. The four-star tight end from Florida essentially has his pick of the litter of any top school he’d like to attend. In fact, his finalists include Miami, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ohio State, NC State, Florida State, Purdue, USC, Georgia, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Florida, Maryland, LSU, Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan and Penn State.

There aren’t many big-time schools missing from the list, but he didn’t list a single Big 12 program. It’s clear he’s focused on the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and the Pac-12’s two biggest schools.

It’ll be tough for Michigan State to move up his list, but making the cut less than two weeks after offering him was huge and the Spartans have one of the major draws that the rest of the top 20 doesn’t have: his good friend Charles Brantley is committed to MSU’s 2021 class.

Michigan State did land three-star Texas-native tight end Kameron Allen last month, but Jay Johnson is focused on improving the position and he will take two in this class. The new offensive coordinator is making the tight end position the ‘MVP’ of the offense and that’s attractive for an athletic 6-4, 210-pound kid like Trigg who probably wants to be a focal point.

While the Spartans may have some eggs in other baskets, Trigg needs to be the top priority because it could help open up the Florida recruiting market even more for the Spartans and it would give them an elite tight end who could start from day one or at least contend for time with Trenton Gillison.

If Johnson is serious about making the tight end a priority, Trigg needs to be the guy the staff goes after the hardest.

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Trigg is ranked the No. 115 overall recruit and No. 3 tight end in the 2021 class, per 247Sports. It might be tough to reel him away from Florida, but Brantley could help with that.