Michigan State football offers No. 2 EDGE in the country

Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith talks the media on the first national signing day for college
Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith talks the media on the first national signing day for college / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

Jonathan Smith has clearly been making recruiting the transfer portal a huge priority this offseason, and that was seen on Monday when Michigan State football received two commitments from the portal on the defensive line.

But it's still important to recruit the high school ranks, and Smith and his staff have been making some noise there as well.

But how about some news in the 2026 high school class?

Smith and his staff are making some strong moves in the 2026 class as they begin to lay the foundation for next year's class. The main focus in high school for the staff is the 2025 class, but it's important to start recruiting the 2026 class as well, especially with some of these highly-ranked recruits.

Jordan Carter is the latest recruit to be offered by Michigan State, and players don't get much better than him. He is a five-star edge from Douglasville, Ga., and according to 247Sports composite rankings, Carter is the No. 10 overall player in the country. He also is the No. 2 edge rusher and No. 2 player from the state of Georgia.

Carter unsurprisingly has quite an impressive offer sheet already. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, and USC are just a few of the major programs that have already offered Carter.

It's huge for Smith to get in on Carter's recruitment this early. Some recruits respect and prioritize the programs that recruit them early and often, so if Smith and his staff can accomplish that, maybe Michigan State will have a chance in this recruitment.

The next step in this recruitment for MSU is getting Carter on campus, which will be a difficult task in itself. But Smith has been an excellent recruiter so far at Michigan State, so I have faith that he can get it done.