Every Michigan State football recruit on campus this weekend

Mel Tucker and MSU football have a number of high-profile recruits in town this weekend

Mel Tucker and Michigan State football are making a huge push for their 2023 class as Tucker looks to take the program up a level on the recruiting front.

This weekend (June 3 – June 5), Tucker has a number of high-profile recruits on campus to discuss their recruitment to MSU and to check out the campus.

Below, we compiled all the very impressive names who are in East Lansing this weekend on visits based on reporting from 247Sports.

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Michigan State football makes Top-5 for 2023 LB Jordan Hall

Michigan State has made the top-5 for a top linebacker in the 2023 class

Michigan State football continues to get good updates on the recruiting trail for 2023, as Mel Tucker continues to work for what is starting to look like his best recruiting class to date. The latest update was from linebacker Jordan Hall, who is currently projected to end up at MSU by Rivals. Hall included the Spartans in his Top-5 on Wednesday.

Rating

Stars Overall State Position
247 4 153 28 10
Rivals 4 187 34 7

Vitals

Hometown Bradenton, Florida
Projected Position Linebacker
Height 6’2″
Weight 225 lbs
Class 2023

Recruitment

  • Offered on April 21, 2021
  • Official visit scheduled for June 10, 2022

Top-5

  • Notre Dame
  • North Carolina
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Florida

Film

Hudl

Twitter

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CBS Sports ranks Mel Tucker as a top 25 power five head coach

See where Mel Tucker ranks compared to the rest of the power five head coaches in CBS Sports’ rankings

A year ago, many would have considered Michigan State’s Mel Tucker a lower-tier coach in the Big Ten and certainly on the national level. But a lot has changed since this time last year.

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports is ranking all 65 of the power five head coaches in college football, and with that he has Tucker in the top 25. Tucker jumped 33 spots from last year and came in at No. 24 in Fornelli’s rankings.

Here’s a little of what Fornelli had to say about Tucker:

“Tucker was at 57 last season following a 2-5 debut at Michigan State, but an 11-2 record and Peach Bowl victory catapult him into the top 25. The trick will be to see if he can keep it up because expectations have been raised.”

Tucker ranked No. 8 among Big Ten coaches, falling behind  Ryan Day (No. 6), Jim Harbaugh (No. 9), Kirk Ferentz (No. 13), Paul Chryst (No. 14), James Franklin (No. 15), Pat Fitzgerald (No. 21) and P.J. Fleck (No. 24).

Tucker will be entering his third year as the Spartans’ head coach this fall with an overall record of 13-7. That record alone isn’t anything to sneeze at, but the type of transformation he has already done with Michigan State’s roster and taking a team many picked to finish last in the Big Ten East Division entering last year to 11-2 with a Peach Bowl victory is why he’s so high in these rankings.

Click on the tweet below to see the complete write-up on Tucker from Fornelli and the rest of his power five coaches rankings:

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Year-by-year salaries of Spartans head football coaches since 2012

Spartans Wire revisits the annual salaries of Michigan State’s head football coaches over the past decade.

College football head coaching salaries have skyrocketed in recent years as the arms race among the nation’s top programs has escalated rapidly.

The Michigan State Spartans are no exception. MSU has compiled a record of 83-42 over its past 10 seasons, but that success doesn’t come cheap.

In fact, the Spartans paid Mel Tucker in 2021 nearly three times what predecessor Mark Dantonio earned back in 2012.

To get an idea of how rapidly coaching salaries are rising, Spartans Wire lists the annual compensation paid out to Michigan State head football coaches over the past decade below.

[Source: USA TODAY college football coaching salary database; figures do not include income from non-university sources, incentive bonuses or the value of perks and benefits.]

Michigan State football LB Ben VanSumeren withdraws name from NCAA transfer portal

Michigan State football LB Ben VanSumeren withdraws name from NCAA transfer portal

For the second time this offseason, a Michigan State football linebacker has withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer portal. On Monday, Ben VanSumeren withdrew his name and will remain at MSU after spending 35 days in the portal.

VanSumeren is following Ma’a Gaoetote, who did the same thing recently. VanSumeren was allowed to continue practicing with the team while in the portal, even participating in the spring game before deciding to stick with the Spartans. It’s worth noting that Ben’s brother Alex is a high-profile recruit who joined the Spartans this winter.

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This is definitely a nice trend to keep an eye on, as Mel Tucker seems to be handling these potential transfers differently than other coaches by still treating them as part of the team, letting them use facilities, and even giving them valuable reps in practice and in the spring game.

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WATCH: MSU football head coach Mel Tucker recaps spring game

Hear what Mel Tucker had to say when meeting with the media following MSU’s spring game on Saturday

Michigan State football Mel Tucker meets with the media following the Spartans’ spring game on Saturday (video courtesy of The Detroit Free Press).

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Key quotes from Mel Tucker following Michigan State football’s spring game

Key quotes from Mel Tucker following Michigan State’s spring game

Is it a spring game or a spring practice? Not really sure what to call it anymore, but either way, we got to see Michigan State football in action on Saturday.

Following the showcase, Mel Tucker spoke to the media about his team and where they currently stand, in his eyes. You can find the best quotes from that presser below.

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WATCH: Mel Tucker praises Michigan State QB Payton Thorne in BTN interview

Mel Tucker on Payton Thorne: “He’s that – he’s what you’re looking for at the quarterback position.”

In the eyes of Mel Tucker, Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne is “that guy” and exactly what he’s looking for at the quarterback position.

The Spartans’ head coach was interviewed on the Big Ten Network this week, and had a ton of great things to say about Thorne. Check out the interview clip below:

Thorne is entering his second season as Michigan State’s starter at quarterback and wrapping up his first spring ball as the known starter. So it’s great to hear that Tucker is very confident in what Thorne is bringing to the table and continuing to grow in that role.

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Key Takeaways from Mel Tucker’s mid-spring press conference for Michigan State football

Key Takeaways from Mel Tucker’s mid-spring press conference

April is almost here, which means Michigan State football is in the middle of spring practices. On Monday, Mel Tucker met with the media for a press conference to give an update on where things stand as we march towards the spring game that is currently scheduled for April 16.

Below, you can find some of the key quotes from that press conference.

WATCH: Mel Tucker names which Michigan State football players he’d start on a basketball team

Mel Tucker names which Michigan State football players he’d start on a basketball team

March madness is nearly upon us, and in the spirit of the season, The Athletic’s Colton Pouncy asked Mel Tucker an awesome question on Monday: which Michigan State football players would he use as a starting five on a basketball team?

Mel Tucker’s answer:

  • Terry Lockett
  • Payton Thorne
  • Montorie Foster
  • Keon Coleman
  • Maliq Carr
  • Sixth Man: Connor Heyward

That’s a pretty formidable lineup considering two of those guys are on the actual MSU basketball team. You can watch Tucker’s full answer below:

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