MSU football lands first ’19 commit in Spencer Brown

The Detroit News

As the Michigan State football team continues to build its 2018 recruiting class, the Spartans are getting a jump on 2019 as well.

Spencer Brown, a 6-foot-6 270-pound rising junior lineman from Walled Lake Western, said Monday he’ll play for the Spartans, becoming the first commit in the 2019 class.

Brown made the announcement on Twitter.

“Coach (Mark) Dantonio, (Terrence) Samuel, (Mark) Staten, (Brad) Salem thank you for believing in me,” Brown tweeted. “With that being said let’s get it done. I’ll proudly announce that I’ll be furthering my academic and athletic career at Michigan State University.”

Brown played on the defensive line at Walled Lake Northern, but told’s Allen Trieu in May in a column for The Detroit News that the MSU offer was likely for an offensive line spot.

Brown is considered a three-star prospect by, which ranks him the 19th-best offensive tackle in the country, and third-best in Michigan. He has a four-star composite ranking from 247sports. Iowa, Virginia Tech and Louisville were among his offers, according to

Brown called the MSU offer “breathtaking.”

“It is a true blessing to get it,” Brown told Trieu, “not only because I worked and it paid off, but because I couldn’t do it without my coaches (Walled Lake Western head coach Mike Zdebski), I couldn’t do it without him or my other coaches and the support of my team and parents.”

Monday’s commitment is the second in three days for the Spartans, who on Saturday received a pledge from Julian Major, a three-star wide receiver from Pittsburgh who is the program’s 15th commitment for the 2018 class.