Signing day recap: 5-star OT Goodwin sticks with Kentucky over Michigan State
The early signing period begins Wednesday in college football, and Michigan and Michigan State will start formalizing what appear to be strong recruiting classes, with the Wolverines projected to land in the top 10, and Spartans projected to put together a class that is among the top 20 in the country.
Follow along here for live updates from Detroit News contributor Nolan Bianchi.
No flips here. 5-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin has elected to stick with his commitment to the University of Kentucky after hours of deliberation and multiple reschedulings on early National Signing Day.
Goodwin moved his commitment announcement from this morning to 3:30 p.m., then pushed it to 5, as he said on Twitter that it was the "toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life," and that he needs "more time."
That extra time wasn't enough for Michigan State coach Mel Tucker to bring him to East Lansing. Still, the late Spartan push was certainly impressive.
The 4-stars just keep rolling in. Michigan gets a commitment from the No. 16 defensive lineman in the country and the second-ranked prospect in Maryland, Derrick Moore.
Count another one for the Wolverines. Michigan added to its haul on Wednesday by plucking a wide receiver with size and strength in Darrius Clemons from the state of Oregon.
Clemons (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is the No. 19 receiving prospect in the country and the No. 1 recruit out of Oregon.
Not your typical early signing day commitment, but a signing day commitment nonetheless: Former Florida EDGE Khris Bogle has signed with the Michigan State Spartans.
Bogle, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior from Fort Lauderdale, played in 35 games for the Gators over three seasons, finishing with 69 total tackles, 12 for-loss, and eight sacks.
First it was supposed to happen this morning. Then it was going to happen at 3:30 this afternoon. And now, the announcement of 5-star offensive tackle and current Kentucky commit Kiyaunta Goodwin will come at 5 p.m., live on CBS, according to a post from his Twitter account.
Goodwin committed to Kentucky in April but took an official visit to Michigan State on Dec. 10, and it's speculated that he could be a late flip for the Spartans. With the way that he keeps delaying where he should sign on the dotted line, it's anyone's guess as to which way he's leaning.
Whoop, there it is. Michigan State signs one of its top commits for the 2022 class in Dearborn Fordson wide receiver Antonio Gates Jr.
Gates, the son of legendary NFL tight end Antonio Gates, has been committed to the Spartans since July. He is the No. 36 wide receiver in the 2022 class and is ranked fifth amongst all prospects from the state of Michigan.
Travis Hunter can play any position at any school. So naturally, he's headed to ... Jackson State? That's right. Deion Sanders has flipped the nation's No. 1 recruit for the 2022 class from his alma mater.
Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound cornerback/running back from Suwanee, Georgia, committed to Florida State in March 2020. But he idolized Sanders growing up, and now, the former Florida State legend has just stolen the Seminoles' top recruit in what is a completely unprecedented move.
Signing day notes: Cass Tech's Deone Walker picks Kentucky over Michigan, Alabama
Michigan has added its second quarterback of the 2022 signing class, flipping 3-star quarterback Alex Orji on Wednesday.
The former Virginia Tech commit is the nation's 47th-ranked quarterback and 113th-ranked prospect from the state of Texas.
Well that's a big one for the Wolverines. Michigan lands 4-star safety Keon Sabb out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Sabb (6-foot-2, 200 pounds), was previously committed to Clemson but decommitted on Dec. 6. He is Florida's 10th-ranked overall prospect and the nation's 10th-ranked safety prospect.
Count one for Big Blue. Sorry, Michigan fans — not that Big Blue.
4-star Cass Tech defensive lineman Deone Walker has chosen Kentucky over Michigan and signed his letter of intent. Walker, a 6-6, 350-pound Detroit native was the state's third-ranked prospect and the nation's 26th-ranked defensive line prospect.
The Mel Tucker influence in Georgia is strong. Michigan State lands 3-star Georgia cornerback Caleb Coley, a former Vanderbilt commit that both committed to Michigan State and signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.
Coley is the nation's 43rd-ranked cornerback prospect.
Moments after losing a commit, Michigan flips one of their own in snatching up 3-star wide receiver Amorion Walker from the Fighting Irish. Walker, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound receiver from Louisiana, also had offers from Alabama, LSU, and other strong SEC programs.
Walker is the nation's 34th-ranked ATH prospect.
The day starts with a loss for the Michigan Wolverines. Texas flips 3-star EDGE Ethan Burke, a Westlake, Texas native. Burke, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound pass rusher, made his announcement via Twitter this morning.
Spartan fans hoping for a decision from prized 5-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin will have to wait — but not as long as some may have thought.
Goodwin, the nation's 25th-ranked prospect from the 2022 recruiting class, said earlier that he was not going to make his decision today, but CBS Sports is now reporting that he will make his announcement in-studio on their 247 Sports Early Signing Day show.
SIGNED — 4-star S Zeke Berry, De La Salle (California), 6-0/195
SIGNED — 4-star DL Mason Graham, Servite (California), 6-4/295
SIGNED — 4-star ATH Kody Jones, Germantown (Tennessee), 5-11/175
SIGNED — 4-star TE Colston Loveland, Gooding (Idaho), 6-5/230
SIGNED — 4-star WR Tyler Morris, Nazareth Academy (Illinois), 6-0/175
SIGNED — 4-star LB Jimmy Rolder, Marist (Illinois), 6-2/220
SIGNED — 4-star WR Keon Sabb, IMG Academy (Florida), 6-2/200
SIGNED — 3-star QB Jayden Denegal, Apple Valley (California), 6-4/215
SIGNED — 3-star S Damani Dent, Terry Parker School (Florida), 6-0/190
SIGNED — 3-star DL Kenneth Grant, Merrillville (Indiana), 6-4/335
SIGNED — 3-star OT Connor Jones, Palmer Ridge (Colorado)
SIGNED — 3-star TE Marlin Klein, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Georgia), 6-6/215
SIGNED — 3-star OT Alessandro Lorenzetti, The Loomis Chaffee School (Connecticut), 6-6/285
SIGNED — 3-star QB Alex Orji, Sachse (Texas), 6-2/226
SIGNED — 3-star LB Micah Pollard, Bartram Trail (Florida), 6-3/200
SIGNED — 3-star CB Myles Pollard, Ravenwood (Tennessee), 6-2/185
SIGNED — 3-star RB CJ Stokes, Hammond School (South Carolina), 5-11/190
SIGNED — 3-star ATH Amorion Walker, Ponchatoula (Louisiana), 6-4/175
5-star CB Will Johnson, Grosse Pointe South (Michigan), 6-3/190
4-star WR Darrius Clemons, Westview (Oregon), 6-3/205
4-star EDGE Kevonte Henry, Leuzinger (California), 6-4/225
4-star DL Derrick Moore, St. Frances Academy (Maryland), 6-2/200
3-star LB Aaron Alexander, Belleville (Michigan), 6-1/205
Michigan State commitments
SIGNED — 4-star WR Antonio Gates Jr., Dearborn Fordson (Michigan), 6-1/185
SIGNED — 4-star QB Katin Houser, St. John Bosco (California), 6-3/200
SIGNED — 4-star ATH Jaden Mangham, Wylie E. Groves (Michigan), 6-3/185
SIGNED — 4-star ATH Dillon Tatum, West Bloomfield (Michigan), 5-11/190
SIGNED — 4-star DL Alex VanSumeren, Garber (Michigan), 6-3/300
SIGNED — 3-star IOL Gavin Broscious, Desert Edge (Arizona), 6-3/305
SIGNED — 3-star EDGE Chase Carter, Minnehaha Academy (Minnesota), 6-6/225
SIGNED — 3-star S Quavian Carter, Lee County (Georgia), 6-4/200
SIGNED — 3-star CB Caleb Coley, Houston County (Georgia), 5-11/166
SIGNED — 3-star WR Jaron Glover, Riverview (Florida), 6-3/195
SIGNED — 3-star WR Tyrell Henry, Roseville (Michigan), 6-1/170
SIGNED — 3-star S Malcolm Jones, Lee County (Georgia), 6-1/185
SIGNED — 3-star OT Ashton Lepo, Grand Haven (Michigan), 6-8/280
SIGNED — 3-star TE Michael Masunas, Hamilton (Arizona), 6-5/235
SIGNED — 3-star OT Braden Miller, Eaglecrest (Colorado), 6-7/290
SIGNED — 3-star TE Jack Nickel, Milton (Georgia), 6-4/235
SIGNED — 3-star IOL Kristian Phillips, Salem (Georgia), 6-6/340
SIGNED — 3-star EDGE James Schott, Center Grove (Indiana), 6-4/215
SIGNED — 3-star S Malik Spencer, Buford (Georgia), 6-2/193
SIGNED — 3-star K Jack Stone, Highland Park (Texas), 6-0/186
SIGNED — 3-star CB Ade Willie, IMG Academy (Florida), 6-2/185
Central Michigan commitments
3-star QB Max Brown, Lincoln Christian School (Oklahoma), 6-3/200
3-star WR Edward Conoran, DePaul Catholic (New Jersey), 6-0/190
3-star OT Alex Heininger, Brighton (New York), 6-5/270
3-star WR Jordan Kelly, Mayde Creek (Texas), 6-1/180
3-star IOL Martin Koivisto, Shakopee (Minnesota), 6-6/295
3-star DL Kade Kostus, Rockford (Michigan), 6-3/248
3-star LB Jordan Kwiatowski, Sterling Heights Stevenson (Michigan), 6-1/220
3-star OT Brady Ploucha, Dearborn Divine Child (Michigan), 6-5/270
3-star RB Jordan Ramsey, Sterling Heights Stevenson (Michigan), 5-9/185
3-star TE DC Temple, St. Mary's (Michigan), 6-7/220
3-star CB Olando Trader, Jackson (Michigan), 6-1/185
3-star ATH Ambrose Wilson, East Lansing (Michigan), 6-0/190
2-star LB Jalen Handford, Warren Township (Illinois), 6-1/225
2-star WR Langston Lewis, Islands (Georgia), 6-0/183
WR Matteo Carriere, Alpharetta (Georgia), 6-1/167
WR Kamryn Perry, Marietta (Georgia), 5-8/150
Eastern Michigan commitments
3-star EDGE Maliek Bogard, Beggs (Oklahoma), 6-5/230
3-star OT Mack Indestad, Lemont (Illinois), 6-7/265
3-star RB Elijah Jackson-Anderson, Grand Blanc Community (Michigan), 5-10/180
3-star TE Max Reese, Fenwick (Illinois), 6-3/200
IOL Josh Anderson, Westminster Christian Academy (Missouri), 6-4/286
Western Michigan commitments
SIGNED — OT Trevor Shaw, Cheshire Academy (Connecticut), 6-6/297
3-star WR Nate Anderson, Homestead (Indiana), 6-0/170
3-star LB Tag Bonnema, Zeeland East (Michigan), 6-4/228
3-star S Saveon Brown, Thornwood (Illinois), 6-1/187
3-star WR Jashawn Johnson, Hoffman Estates (Illinois), 5-10/165
3-star ATH Dillon Moore, Ben Davis (Indiana), 6-2/190
3-star EDGE Isaiah Street, Brownsburg, 6-5/225
DL Kenny Givens, Iowa Central C.C. (Iowa), 6-3/295
RB Jamal Hailey, Berrien Springs (Michigan), 5-11/180
TE August Johanningsmeier, Howell (Michigan), 6-4/225
DL Brandon Smith, Decatur Central (Indiana), 6-4/250