Michigan State just landed one of the best players in the state.
Jalen Thompson, a 2023 four-star defensive lineman from Detroit Cass Tech High School, announced his commitment to the Spartans on Monday during a YouTube live stream. His other finalists were Ohio State, Cincinnati, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Thompson is listed as Michigan’s No. 3 player, No. 30 defensive lineman and No. 197 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. It has over 30 offerings, including Georgia, Michigan and Notre Dame.
Thompson had 42 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and 10 sacks last season.
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker last year hired former Thompson Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher as director of the community and high school relations program.
Michigan State now has 14 players committed to its 2023 recruiting class and 11 are four-star prospects. Thompson is one of three defensive linemen in the squad, along with four-star Oklahoma Bai Jobe and four-star Iowa Andrew Depaepe.
Thompson is the fourth player from the state to commit to the Spartans’ 2023 class, joining four-star offensive lineman Cole Dellinger, four-star tight end Brennan Parachek and three-star offensive lineman Johnathan Slack.
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