June 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Tom Izzo jumps out of his chair over Michigan State recruit's commitment

Kyle Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Versailles, Ohio, gave his verbal pledge to Michigan State on Thursday. (Twitter)

Michigan State landed its second basketball commitment for the 2015 class Thursday, and it was enough to have coach Tom Izzo jumping out of his seat.

Kyle Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Versailles, Ohio, gave his verbal pledge to Izzo during his official visit. And the coach couldn’t have been happier.

“I surprised him,” Ahrens said. “He kind of jumped out of his chair and went nuts. It was exciting.”

It capped off an exciting visit for the three-star shooting guard that included playing open gym with the team and former Spartans, including Draymond Green.

“The most memorable part was when I committed,” he said. “That was my favorite part. Other than that it was when I got to go out to eat with the team. The whole team was there and the coaching staff was there.”

Ahrens said he chose Michigan State over Xavier and Dayton and joins Muskegon’s Deyonta Davis as members of the 2015 class. He is ranked No. 136 in the country by 247sports.com, while Davis checks in at No. 34.

Ahrens’ junior season was cut short last year by a broken leg, but he said he is about “85 percent” right now and is beginning a speed program next week.

The injury might have turned some away from Ahrens, but he connected immediately with the Spartans.

“The fit,” he said about what sold him on Michigan State. “How I fit in with the program, how great the coaching staff is and how close they are and how much of a family like it is there.”

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