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Four-star 2018 tight end Trenton Gillison picks Spartans

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Trenton Gillison

With the 2017 football class set to sign on Wednesday, Michigan State continued to make progress on its 2018 class on Sunday.

Trenton Gillison, a four-star tight end from Pickerington, Ohio, announced that he had given his verbal commitment to the Spartans, joining wide receiver Joseph Scates and athlete Xavier Henderson, also four-star players from Ohio, in the 2018 class.

Gillison (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) is rated the No. 9 tight end in the country by and the No. 9 overall prospect in Ohio, and chose Michigan State over Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

He was in East Lansing on Sunday and attended the Michigan State-Michigan basketball game.

Blackshear backs out

Three-star Pennsylvania wide receiver Raheem Blackshear announced on Sunday night that he was no longer committed to Michigan State's 2017 class, just five days after announcing he would play for the Spartans.

Blackshear visited Rutgers over the weekend and is believed to be leaning toward signing with the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.