A busy two days in recruiting for Michigan State culminated with commitments from two of the top in-state prospects as Flint Carman-Ainsworth defensive end Michael Fletcher and West Bloomfield wide receiver Tre Mosley picked the Spartans on Friday.
Fletcher and Mosley's announcements came on the heels of Bolingbrook (Ill.) running back Anthony Williams Jr. committing earlier Friday, and Chicago Simeon wide receiver Alante Brown and Euclid (Ohio) running back Brandon Wright committing on Thursday.
Fletcher (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports. He was athletic enough to earn Division I basketball offers, but has shown tremendous upside on the football field.
“He’s learning how to play the game but his ceiling is extremely high,” said Reggie Wynns of Rising Stars, where Fletcher has trained. “We’re talking about a 6-foot-6, 250-pound kid now that runs a 4.6, 4.7 (40-yard dash) and should be a top prospect out of high school and should be a draft pick out of college.
"He loves the game, so he works hard and that will help tremendously at the next level. It’s tough to find a guy that tall with speed.”
Fletcher played basketball in the winter and still attended football workouts with Wynns.
“He wants to be great,” Wynns said. “The progress he has made is with his technique. He’s just getting better technique-wise, but he is listening because he wants to be good.”
Fletcher chose Michigan State over Kentucky, who appeared to be the main competitor down the stretch. He held additional offers from Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and more.
Mosley, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect, chose Michigan State over Michigan, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Cincinnati, Boston College and more.
He caught 43 passes for 867 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago for West Bloomfield.
"One thing that makes (Mosley) special is his love for the game. He truly loves the game of football," West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy said. "Another thing is that his football IQ is off the charts. He is a kid who can move and play every position and be effective because he understands every position and understands what we're trying to attack."
The Spartans now have 16 verbal commitments in their 2019 recruiting class.
Of all the newest commits, Wright was the one fans and media seemed to least expect and know the least about. But put on the film and you will see a 6-foot-3, 215-pound running back breaking long runs and running through contact.
Oddly enough, Wright was not Euclid’s starting back last season but still ran for 500 yards and showed the talent to play at a high level. He also held an offer from Pitt.
“They had a really good running back who was a little guy, but this kid is good,” 247Sports’ Bill Greene said. “The good thing about Wright is that there is still a lot of tread left on the tires because he has not been beat to death like some high school running backs.”
Michigan State has had sleepers from Ohio before, notably running back Le’Veon Bell. Greene sees this as a commitment that might get lost in the shuffle right now during a busy week with more high-profile guys committing but could be looked upon as another steal in a few years.
“He could pay off big time for Michigan State, and this is a good pickup for the Spartans,” Greene said.
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.