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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan gridiron recruiting roundup > MSU’s Mel Tucker continues to clean up in-state

By: , April 20, 2020, 4:35 pm

Mel Tucker is feasting on the in-state recruiting crop. Michigan State’s new head football coach has sprinted out of the gate fast with in-state love. This past week, Tucker bagged two more Mitten marvels in Warren Mott junior defensive end Tyson Watson and Detroit Loyola junior defensive tackle Derrick Harmon. 

Of the first five commits in Tucker’s inaugural recruiting class, four hail from the state of Michigan. Tucker, who started his coaching career as a grad assistant at MSU in the 1990s under Nick Saban, was tapped to head the Spartans program back in February. 

Watson (6-foot-6, 275) and Harmon (6-3, 320) are both three-star prospects. Over the last two seasons, Watson has totaled 20 sacks. He’s explosive off the snap and a natural at the rush end position. Harmon posted 65 tackles in 2019, displaying great agility and nimbleness for his size. (For more on Watson’s commitment, CLICK HERE.)

Other notable commitments from the Class of 2021 

• Oak Park linebacker Marlon Dawson committed to Miami (Ohio).

• River Rouge safety Armorion Smith committed to Cincinnati.

• Detroit Cass Tech defensive lineman Doran Ray and defensive end Clarence Wilson both committed to Toledo.

• Harper Woods cornerback Da’Veon Turner committed to Army.


Change of Heart

• Belleville senior offensive lineman Coleon Smith (6-6, 345) decommitted from Indiana and committed to Eastern Michigan. 

• Ann Arbor Pioneer junior quarterback Conor Easthope (6-2, 185) decommitted from Western Michigan and now plans to go to the Ivy League to sling the pigskin at Harvard. Easthope tweeted of his direction switch: “Business decision!”


Fresh offers from the Big Ten

• Michigan offered Traverse City Central sophomore linebacker Josh Burnham.

• Michigan State offered Chippewa Valley cornerback Quillen Howze.

• Roseville sophomore wide receiver Tyrell Henry continued his rapid ascent in the recruiting game by snatching offers from Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska.

• Northwestern put out offers to Davison quarterback Brendan Sullivan and Portage Northern running back Anthony Tyus. Sullivan committed to the Wildcats on Monday. 


Quote of the Week

“Jordan’s a real bulldozer out there; he just mows people down.”  — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s head coach George Porritt on his sophomore linebacker recruit Jordan Cannon