MIAMI — A top recruiting class for 2021 could help push the Spartans back into the top 10 of the AP Top 25.
The 2018 class could make up for a lackluster 2019 class that featured the likes of five-star quarterback Jacoby Brissett, four-star defensive end Darius Thompson, five-stars wide receiver Deontae Jones, three-star running back Trevon Stewart and three-stars safety Jordan Hill.
But the Spartans’ 2018 class is the best yet.
The Spartans are ranked No. 2 in the AP and ESPN 300 rankings, and the 2018 class has a combined 247Sports composite ranking of No. 12.
The top four teams in the nation in 2019 and 2020, Michigan State and Ohio State, were ranked No: 2 and No: 3 in the 247Sports Composite.
The top four in 2019 are set to meet in the College Football Playoff championship game in New Orleans.
Michigan State also is ranked No, 5, by the Associated Press, and Ohio and Texas are the top three teams in that same ranking.
The Spartans have one of the top recruiting classes in the country, and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is optimistic about the class for the 2021 campaign.
But Dantonian is also realistic about what happens next year.
Dantonio has a solid core of players and he knows what he has to do to get back to the top.
He has been talking to other teams about making a run at that top spot, and he’s confident that the Spartans will get there.
He doesn’t expect to be in the top four until 2019 or 2020, though.DAMASCUS — Michigan State will have to find a way to win in the Big Ten East, but coach Mark Richt said he has no doubt about his team’s chances in the East.
Richt was optimistic about his Wolverines, who have the second-best recruiting class in the conference, but he was not as optimistic about them in the ACC, which has two teams ranked No 1 in the recruiting rankings.
The Wolverines’ top three classes in 2020 and 2021 were the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 in the rankings.
But those two were not the top two classes in either conference.
Richts has to make a run this year or else he’ll be disappointed.
He’s got to be patient and get better.
But he has a very good group of guys.