Michigan State football makes the top 10 for a top-120 EDGE

Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday,
Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday, / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

With the spring practice schedule officially behind Michigan State football, the coaching staff's full attention now turns to recruiting. This includes recruiting the transfer portal as well as continuing to target the high school ranks hard as well.

Jonathan Smith has done an excellent job at recruiting both avenues so far, and that is seen once again as Michigan State has made the top 10 for one of the best edge rushers in the country.

Cortez Harris is a four-star EDGE from Upper Marlboro, Md. Harris is about as good as it comes according to 247Sports. The recruiting site has him as the No. 118 player in the country and the No. 14 EDGE. With as important as dominating the trenches are in football, it’s clear that Harris is a super important target for Michigan State based on his ranking alone.

Harris released his top 10 schools on Wednesday, and Michigan State made the cut along with Penn State, Tennessee, Florida Texas A&M, Syracuse, Michigan, South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. However, it appears that two of the Big Ten schools lead in his recruitment right now.

Out of the 10 schools listed above, Maryland and Penn State are the only two with official visits scheduled with Harris. He’ll be visiting Maryland first on June 13 followed by Penn State on June 21.

While these schools appear to be the frontrunners right now, that doesn’t mean MSU can’t get in the mix. There are still plenty of weekends open on Harris’ schedule for more official visits, and all of the eight other schools will be vying for them. If Michigan State can get one of those visits then the Spartans will have a chance in this recruitment, but until then I wouldn’t get my hopes up.