3 Michigan State football official visitors on June 14 I'm most excited about

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2. Bobby Kanka, 4-star DL -- Howell, Mich. (current Michigan commit)

Bobby Kanka is a prospect coming to East Lansing with a little more hype behind him from MSU fans already. The main reason is that he’s a big target for MSU and the Spartans are actively trying to poach him from the school down the road.

As a prospect, he is an athletic defensive lineman who could really help MSU revamp the defense. Listed as one of 247Sports' top five rising seniors for the 2025 class, he has seen quite the uptick in his stock this spring. MSU’s staff have been prioritizing him quite a bit and the relationship building has been big. Kanka did come to MSU on an unofficial visit earlier this year with some other Howell teammates and seems to enjoy campus. I think he would be a great fit defensively under defensive coordinator Joe Rossi’s scheme here in East Lansing.

After losing several pieces on the defensive side of the ball, the option for potential playing time could be higher and may appeal to Kanka.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman has been committed to the Wolverines since August of 2023. Latest rumors around the recruiting world point to a potential for him to be flipped. After Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL and a lot of the Wolverine coaching staff left, it seemed that Kanka may have no longer been as high in favor of the new staff. Whether that is true or not, remains to be seen. Sherrone Moore has been making a push to keep him in maize and blue.

Kanka is slated to be in East Lansing this weekend and has developed a great relationship with the Spartan coaching staff. After this weekend, he does plan to take an official with the Wolverines. I will admit, I'm unsure myself as of how possible a flip would be here. The Spartans would have to make a major impression on the official visit this weekend to make him flip. I would almost thing it would have to be enough of an impression to also cancel his UM official next weekend. Since the Wolverines have the last crack, it will be a tough fight. Anything can happen with official visits however and I think defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa might have some big plans in mind for him.

As a prospect, Kanka would be a big help in bolstering a revamped defensive line as the Spartans move away from the Mel Tucker era. Suiaunoa would mesh well in developing him and I really believe he could pull the most out of his game.

Let’s hope the Spartans give a great sell and we swipe him away from Ann Arbor eventually.