East Lansing — The annual spring game is always a big recruiting day at Michigan State, and that hasn't changed this year.
The Spartans got started early when three-star running back Abdul Adams of Washington, D.C., announced Friday on Twitter that he would be attending Michigan State. On Saturday, just before kickoff of the annual Green and White game, four-star receiver Justin Layne joined the 2016 class.
"With God's guidance, I am officially committing to Michigan State University! I truly believe MSU is the right place for me . #GoGreen," Layne posted on Twitter.
Layne, from Cleveland (Benedictine), is the biggest get of the day for a 2016 class that is quickly starting to take shape. His first offer came last year from Michigan State, and the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder eventually chose the Spartans over Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Alabama. He is ranked the No. 28 receiver in the nation by 247sports and is No. 34 by Rivals.com while each service rates him as a four-star prospect.
Adams, 6-0 and 185 pounds, is ranked the No. 23 back in the nation according to Scout.com and 47th by 247sports. He is considered a three-star prospect by Scout, 247sports and Rivals. He chose Michigan State over offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
"Blessed And Proud To Say That I Am Committed To Michigan State University #GoGreen #V4MSU," he posted on Twitter.
Several top prospects were on hand for Saturday's spring game and the Spartans added another commitment just before kickoff when three-star linebacker Joe Bachie (6-2, 215) of Berea, Ohio, announced on Twitter he would be going to Michigan State.
It was the third commitment of the day and the fourth this week for the Spartans after four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver committed on Thursday. The Michigan State 2016 class now sits at five including four-star receiver Cameron Chambers and three-star offensive lineman Matt Allen.
After the game, coach Mark Dantonio was asked about the momentum his team has created on the recruiting trail.
"Yeah, I think recruiting has sort of taken off a little bit this week, and that's a positive," he said, though he is not allowed to talk about specific players. "We've been on guys and we've had a lot of them up here at numerous times. A lot of these football players are very good players with opportunities elsewhere obviously, that goes without saying. We're excited about the movement with that."