If you watched Michigan State football this season, you’d know that there was one major positional need for the Spartans: defensive back.
The Spartans started the season really slowly on the defensive side of the ball, especially against the pass, but it finished relatively strong despite some guys having disappointing seasons. Michigan State’s defense was trending up at the end of the year, but Mel Tucker is still hunting for cornerbacks and safeties to contribute to a new ‘No Fly Zone.’
Tucker will attempt to add to that group in 2023 but he’s also looking ahead to 2024 for secondary help.
While the 2023 class isn’t quite done yet for Michigan State, the 2024 class is starting to shift into the spotlight for Tucker and Co. and he might be trending for one of the top cornerbacks in the class: Jaylen Thompson.
Michigan State football picks up two crystal balls for Thompson
Justin Thind and Corey Robinson both places a crystal ball for Thompson to land at Michigan State early last week and that’s a good sign since he’s on the verge of picking a school.
Thompson, a Tennessee-based prospect, is ranked the No. 23 cornerback in the class and the No. 258 overall recruit. He recently released a top four of Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Auburn and he’s getting ready to decide at the end of December.
Michigan State already has one four-star defensive back committed to its 2024 class in the form of Jamari Howard from Florida and Nick Marsh is also committed as a four-star receiver. The Spartans could have three four-star prospects to kick off the 2024 class by the end of December and that would be a heck of a start to the cycle.
Landing a duo of Howard and Thompson would be a heck of a way to prove that the secondary is trending in the right direction.