After landing Kevin Wigenton and Geno VanDeMark and trending with Audric Estime, Michigan State football is cleaning up New Jersey.
When you were a kid and went trick-or-treating on Halloween, you definitely had that one friend (or you were that one friend) that approached a “please take one” bowl of candy and grabbed a handful or dumped the whole thing in your bag. That’s kind of what Mel Tucker is doing with recruiting in the state of New Jersey.
Rutgers begged the Spartans to “please take one” with Kevin Wigenton committing back in April but he decided that wasn’t enough and tossed Geno VanDeMark in his bag as well. He’s not going to stop there, either, as four-star running back Audric Estime is also looking like a Spartan lean.
And that’s not it (most likely).
Three-star Irvington, N.J., linebacker Mikai Gbayor is planning on taking a trip to East Lansing over the weekend to check out campus on his own and maybe Zoom with the coaching staff as they tell him what to look for. The momentum is serious as there’s a strong belief that Gbayor will become part of the Spartans’ 2021 class.
On Monday, SpartanMag recruiting insiders Justin Thind and Corey Robinson placed FutureCasts for the three-star linebacker to Michigan State.
Gbayor is listed as the No. 695 overall prospect, 30th-best inside linebacker and No. 15 recruit from the state of New Jersey, according to the composite, and while that may not seem “elite” he has an incredible list of offers that says otherwise.
In fact, he holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Michigan and Texas A&M. Sometimes the list of offers is more telling than a player’s rank.
And his film backs it up.
Gbayor is an impressive linebacker who reminds me a little of Antjuan Simmons as a guy who plays fast with a mean streak. This kid hits hard. Like really, really hard.
It looks like Michigan State is going to snag another one from the Garden State and you can bet Rutgers fans aren’t going to be happy.