Michigan State Football: 4-star OT Payton Kirkland’s aunt cried over “amazing” staff

Michigan State football made a huge impression on the family of four-star offensive tackle Payton Kirkland, even making his aunt cry.

Mel Tucker has been killing it on the recruiting trail for Michigan State football and official visit season has been kind to the third-year coach and his program.

Through the first three weekends of June, Tucker has landed commitments from five four-star recruits and it feels like there may be more on the way. Sure, there is one pledge who could be on the verge of flipping to the SEC in the near future, but that’s the nature of competing with the big boys in college football.

This past weekend featured a number of massive official visitors — both literally and figuratively — including Miles McVay, Chase Bisontis, and Payton Kirkland.

The latter’s family loved what they saw in East Lansing from the staff and the culture and his aunt even cried tears of joy over the “amazing” and “genuine” people she met, according to Jason Killop.

The four-star from Florida looks to be near the top of the Spartans’ board, and for good reason. He has size, he’s aggressive, and he has quick feet for that frame. He’s going to be one of the most sought-after prospects in the class before it’s all said and done.

And the fact that Michigan State made this big of an impression on him and his family is huge. How often do you hear about a recruit’s family member crying because they didn’t want to leave an “amazing” and “genuine” group of people in East Lansing? Never.

Tucker is knocking these visits out of the park.