Michigan State football: Jaron Glover could be legitimate WR1 in 2024

Michigan State wide receiver Jaron Glover makes a catch during warmups before the game against
Michigan State wide receiver Jaron Glover makes a catch during warmups before the game against / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Thursday was another big day for Michigan State football.

Just one day after signing the No. 38 recruiting class in the country (up about 60 spots from when Jonathan Smith first took over), the Spartans returned a couple of big pieces to the 2024 puzzle in Montorie Foster Jr. and Jaron Glover.

This felt like it was lost in the shuffle a bit as news of Harlon Barnett moving on broke and the signing class was still being talked about, but the Glover and Foster returns were massive.

Foster was one of the most consistent receivers on the roster this season and really stepped up in place of the departed Keon Coleman, Germie Bernard, and Jayden Reed.

Glover, on the other hand, was a surprise star.

Unfortunately, he played in only seven games, but the true freshman exceeded expectations and proved that he could be a legitimate go-to targer right away. He had three catches for 75 yards in his first career game against Central Michigan and then two catches for 60 yards the following week. While he never broke 60 in a game for the rest of the year, he was still known for making the ridiculous catches look routine. He was a sure-handed freak.

So when he hit the transfer portal right after the season, fans were crushed. Fortunately, he decided to return to Michigan State on Thursday and he could be the team's WR1 next year.

I mean, there's a reason Georgia wanted him as he took an official visit there recently. He's that good.

With Aidan Chiles under center, Glover is going to benefit and become a legitimate WR1 option alongside the likes of Nick Marsh, Foster, TJ Sheffield, Antonio Gates Jr., and Alante Brown.

The receiver room is shaping up nicely, but getting Glover back was just massive. He showed flashes in 2023 and if he can stay healthy in a better offense with better quarterback play and schemes, he's going to be a breakout performer in 2024.