MSU continues defensive recruiting blitz with Jones, Panasiuk

The Detroit News
Mike Panasiuk

In just 72 hours, an entire defensive line committed to Michigan State.

Four-star Naquan Jones, a 6-foot-3, 283-pound tackle from Evanston, Illinois, on Monday became the fourth player to commit to the Spartans since Friday. He joins tackle Mike Panasiuk of Roselle, Illinois, a three-star prospect who also committed on Monday; and defensive ends Josh King of Hinsdale, Illinois, and Auston Robertson of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"I've always had high interest in Michigan State," Jones told 247Sports.com. "They were telling me how they could support me academically and what will happen with me and playing and who is coming in with me."

Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu said Jones' "size and athleticism makes him a big-time addition for Michigan State."

Panasiuk, who is rated three starts by Scout.com, picked the Spartans over Wisconsin and Penn State. Panasiuk visited Michigan State last week.

"It's awesome to have an opportunity to play for a great program," he told Trieu after his visit.

"Mike's one of the more physical players that everyone has seen on film this year," Lake Park head coach Chris Roll said. "I kind of call him a brawler. Teams double-team him every play and he's become someone who relishes that and he's someone who loves to fight on the field and loves to fight in practice. He's gotten very strong in the last six to eight months, even since the end of the season."

Scout ranks Jones the No. 20 defensive tackle overall for 2016 and the No. 1 defensive tackle in Illinois. Panasiuk is rated the No. 30 DT overall the No. 2 DT in Illinois, also by Scout.

The two Monday commitments bring MSU's total for the 2016 class to 17.

Naquan Jones