5 targets to watch before the early signing period – the Athletic

EAST LANSING, Michigan – This is shaping up to be one of the most eventful signing days in recent memory for the state of Michigan.

The team just finished a surprising 10-2 season, recently won an invitation to a New Years bowl and are looking to end the round on a high note. Head coach Mel Tucker, who has spent the past few weeks recruiting and traveling the country, said he is feeling the impact of the Michigan state field success this season.

“It has a huge effect on our recruiting,” Tucker said. “Being on the road the last few weeks – I’ve been driving all over the country – everyone is talking about the state of Michigan. The high school coaches, the high school players, everyone involved in recruiting, they’ve noticed and are really excited about what we’re doing. Because they know me, they know the history of Michigan state, and they feel like it’s a place they can send players to. They love what we do, so it has a huge effect.

With some momentum heading into the first signing period on Wednesday, let’s take a look at five names to keep in mind as MSU nears the conclusion of its 2022 class.

Indiana OL five star Kiyaunta Goodwin

Goodwin is the best example of why Tucker was hired 19 months ago. Tucker has coached in some of the nation’s most talented states and has recruited those areas well. Along the way, you build relationships. You develop a reputation. Your name carries weight with the best prospects and helps you stay in recruiting battles.

That’s why Michigan State is in the thick of it with Goodwin, the # 13 prospect in the 2022 class. He’s a plug-and-play hope, which is rare for a true freshman as a offensive lineman. But Michigan State has the need and Goodwin has the qualities to play early in his career.