Michigan State basketball pushing hard for 4-star SF Ty Rodgers

Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Tom Izzo is starting to look ahead to his 2022 recruiting class after Michigan State basketball reeled in three top-60 recruits in 2021 with Max Christie, Jaden Akins, and Pierre Brooks getting to campus this summer.

The roster for 2021-22 seems to be pretty much set despite two open scholarships and that means the Hall of Fame coach can focus on his 2022 class.

Jalen Washington, Isaac Traudt, Tarris Reed, Kijani Wright, and Tre Holloman are all looking like the top targets in the 2022 class, but one offer from last summer might be higher on Izzo’s list than most people are led to believe.

Ty Rodgers, who was just offered last summer, is one of the top prospects in the state of Michigan and he recently said the Spartans are one of the programs recruiting him the hardest.

Are you surprised by this? Because I am.

Honestly, I believed the staff was just conceding in this recruitment as it seems like Michigan might be the favorite to land him.

But then I remembered that Pierre Brooks said a while back that Michigan State “needs” Rodgers to be part of that 2022 class and it made me think that he and Izzo potentially talked about what kind of addition he’d be. If players like playing together, it might be in a coach’s best interest to push for it to happen.

A potentially loaded 2022 Michigan State basketball class

If Michigan State continues to push hard for Rodgers, there’s no reason to believe the Spartans can’t land him over the group of programs mentioned above. Michigan is the biggest competition here along with Purdue.

Purdue, Michigan, and Houston are getting his first three official visits and the Spartans need to make sure to secure one from the No. 49 prospect in the 2022 class.

Let’s say Rodgers is a top option and Michigan State has 4-5 scholarships available, who else do the Spartans go after?

My top options would be Washington (No. 19), Wright (No. 11), Holloman (No. 51), and either Traudt (No. 50) or Reed (No. 94). Schutt would be great to have because he’s a plus shooter and the Spartans need more of those, but I’d take Rodgers in this situation.

Maybe Michigan State isn’t out of the running for Rodgers after all.

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