Michigan State currently does not have a running back commit yet in their 2019 class, but the Spartans continue to work on several key targets at that position.
One of those is Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett’s Tyler Goodson, who confirmed to Spartan Tailgate’s Sean Scherer that he plans to visit Michigan State this summer. The expectation is for that to be an official visit.
An all-purpose back with speed and pass-catching skill, Goodson rushed for 1,437 yards and 25 touchdowns last fall. He added another 302 yards receiving.
He has not been to MSU before, but has done his research about their style of play.
"I had the chance to watch some film on YouTube against Washington State (in the Holiday Bowl)," Goodson said. "I feel my play style will be a good fit. I am hoping to get to know the coaching staff more."
Goodson has said that style of play will factor into his decision, along with academics and his relationship with the coaching staff.
He recently named Michigan State in a top eight, which also includes Kentucky, Washington State, Iowa State, Iowa, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Nebraska.
He has already taken an official visit to Iowa. That was his first of the process. He has taken unofficial visits to West Virginia, Wake Forest and more.
The 247Sports Composite ranks Goodson as the No. 40 running back in the country and the No. 62 junior recruit in the state of Georgia. He was named All-State and All-Region after his performance in the fall.
MSU target drops Wisconsin official
Flint Carman-Ainsworth defensive end Michael Fletcher was slated to take an official visit to Wisconsin on June 8, but that visit is off now.
That leaves Michigan State, Kentucky, Michigan, and potentially Georgia as schools in the race.
Fletcher recently visited the Spartans, and will have official visits to Kentucky (June 15 weekend) and Michigan (June 22 weekend) before announcing his commitment at his school on June 29.
Currently, the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which tracks expert predictions, has Michigan State in the lead for Fletcher.
MSU offers talented 2020 QB
Michigan State extended an offer to Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County quarterback Max Johnson last week. Johnson is only going to be a junior in the fall, but his size (6-4, 215 pounds), arm talent and athleticism have drawn him national recruiting interest and offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Wisconsin and more.
Johnson passed for 1,918 yards last fall with 10 touchdowns through the air.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.