Michigan State offers scholarship to 4-star safety

Michigan State offers scholarship to 4-star safety

Michigan State has continued to extend scholarship offers to players across the country as it attempts to replenish some of the talent lost to the transfer portal.

Coach Jonathan Smith and the Spartans have remained consistent in their recruiting efforts despite their squad’s losses. Michigan State identified its top targets and did its best to pursue them, offering scholarships to those it believed could make an impact.

The Spartans have offered a scholarship to safety Jordan Deck, one of the top players in the 2026 recruiting class. The four-star safety announced the offer from Michigan State on X, formerly known as Twitter. Michigan State associate head coach Keith Bhonapha and Deck seem to communicate well with each other.

“After an excellent conversation with (Keith Bhonapha), I’m extremely fortunate to say that Michigan State University extended me this offer,” Deck said.

According to 247Sports, Deck, a native of Frisco, Texas, is ranked as the 12th best safety and 158th best overall prospect in the 2026 recruiting class. The site also ranks him as the 21st best player in Texas in the 2026 class. Coach Smith has yet to be able to consistently recruit players of Deck’s caliber during his short time in East Lansing.

Michigan State is one of more than 10 schools to offer a scholarship to the talented safety. Big Ten foe Penn State extended a scholarship offer to Deck, Arkansas, Houston, Baylor, Ole Miss, Pitt, Texas A&M, SMU and Notre Dame also made him scholarship offers. The Spartans will have to do their best.

The Spartans are in desperate need of talent, especially elite talent. Secure a four-star player like Bridge could help jumpstart Michigan State’s overall recruiting plans for the next two recruiting classes.

Coach Smith said he wouldn’t be patient in turning Michigan State football around, but was having trouble getting commitments. Arguably, the most important factor in Coach Smith’s ability to turn things around at Michigan State will be his ability to win on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal.

However, a slow process is expected when a new coach takes over a football program under normal circumstances, and Michigan State’s situation before Smith arrived was anything but that.

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