Mel Tucker and Jay Johnson have had an eye for quarterback talent. In the 2022 recruiting class, Michigan State football jumped into the race for Katin Houser late in the process and right before he truly blew up as one of the best quarterbacks in the class at the Elite 11 Finals. In 2023, it was Sam Leavitt who the Spartans flipped, and he rose quickly in the rankings as well.
Houser went from a three-star prospect to a four-star and the No. 215 overall prospect in the class, per the 247Sports Composite. He flipped from Boise State to Michigan State.
Leavitt was a high three-star and was committed to Washington State, but finished as a four-star and the No. 310 overall recruit in the country. On3 is even higher on the quarterback from the West Coast, listing him as a top-80 recruit.
It looks like Tucker and Johnson may have found another potential late riser.
Miles O’Neill is a name to keep an eye on.
Michigan State football got in at the right time
O’Neill is a 2024 quarterback and arguably the top passer on Michigan State’s recruiting board. He’s also unranked according to 247Sports and the composite which makes the Spartans’ interest even more intriguing.
A lot of star-gazers didn’t like the offer when Michigan State extended it on May 8 but his recruitment has exploded since then. In fact, since his Michigan State offer, he has received scholarships from West Virginia, Virginia, UConn, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Penn State, and Texas A&M.
Since Penn State just landed a 2024 quarterback on Saturday, I would probably rule out the Nittany Lions and that’s great since they have been a thorn in the Spartans’ side.
And next week, O’Neill will be visiting Michigan State unofficially.
It seems like Johnson and Tucker have found yet another diamond in the rough and when the recruiting rankings update, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him ranked as a high three-star.
Hopefully the Spartans can win this recruiting battle.