Michigan State football: 3-star WR Andrel Anthony trending toward Michigan

Mel Tucker, Michigan State football (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Mel Tucker, Michigan State football (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

After a hot stretch from April to May, Michigan State football is in the midst of an unfortunate dry-spell and it may soon get worse.

Watching Michigan State basketball’s recruiting success over the past month has made fans forget what kind of drought the football program is currently experiencing.

Not only did the football team have to shut down summer camp for two weeks after positive COVID-19 tests surfaced but it has also been shut out on the recruiting trail (outside of one in July) since May. The Spartans have missed out on a number of top targets and that includes Jamari Buddin.

Another in-state recruit could be soon heading elsewhere after looking like a Michigan State lean for months.

Andrel Anthony is one of the best receivers in the state and the No. 529 prospect in the nation for the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports‘ composite. He’s the No. 12 prospect from Michigan and while he was a strong MSU lean as an East Lansing-native for months, the rival Wolverines have been pushing hard for him.

Jim Harbaugh hasn’t given up on Anthony and that has seemed to pay off as Crystal Balls on 247Sports favoring Michigan have been flooding in over the past 24 hours.

Things have changed dramatically in a short period of time.

Losing Anthony to Michigan would hurt and it looks like that’s about to happen which will only extend Michigan State’s drought. A pledge from Anthony would have been a nice momentum boost for Mel Tucker and Co. who need to pick things up after a quiet few months.

We all knew Tucker took over a program in a bad spot with plenty of in-state prospects going under-recruited by Mark Dantonio, but blowing this lead on Anthony hurts.

Until Tucker can prove he can win on the field as a head coach in East Lansing, he may not win many of these recruiting battles with Michigan or Penn State. It’s unfortunate for the Spartans, but that’s reality.

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