If you’ve watched any Michigan State football games this season, you’d know that there are two major problems: the offensive line and the defense.
The defense gets most of the hate but the line has been so ineffective against Washington and Minnesota that a seven-point deficit has felt insurmountable. When the defense gives up an early touchdown, the offense has to respond with a score of their own or the game is basically over.
Well, when the offensive line can’t protect Payton Thorne effectively or open holes in the run game, responding to an early surrendered touchdown becomes essentially impossible.
Depth on the offensive line has led to a lot of these struggles, but Mel Tucker is already working to fix that in the 2023 class.
Michigan State football extends offer to 2023 JUCO lineman
Tucker and the coaching staff extended an offer to one of the fastest-rising JUCO offensive linemen on Tuesday evening as Keyshawn Blackstock announced on Twitter.
Blackstock has been receiving a ton of offers lately and just picked up over a dozen a week ago, at least that’s when 247Sports reports them coming in.
Michigan State is just the latest team to show interest.
This is a major need for the Spartans just like Jamari Howard was in the 2024 class the other day. The Spartans needed defensive back help and Tucker made sure he harped on that position group for the upcoming recruiting classes.
Now, he’s so sure that the offensive line could use an upgrade (or five) that he went out and offered one of the hottest names in the JUCO market.
Blackstock is yet to be ranked on 247Sports, but he holds 18 offers and stands 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds. He projects to play on the interior and that’s a huge need for MSU.