The recruiting deadlock officially ended about two weeks ago and Michigan state football coach Mel Tucker has made his first splash engagement.

On Saturday afternoon, in the midst of an official visit, Georgia-based three-star linebacker Quavian Carter made a commitment to the Spartans, and it kind of caught everyone off guard. He was a relatively new name on the Spartans scouting committee for 2022 after receiving an offer in February, but he was sold during his official visit, which could create a domino effect.

It’s pretty clear that Tucker is trying to make Georgia and the SEC country a priority.

In fact, as Colton Pouncy revealed on Twitter, half of the state of Michigan’s six commitments in the 2022 class are from the state of Georgia. Carter joins three-star security guard Malik Spencer and three-star offensive lineman Kristian Phillips as other Georgia natives in the MSU class.

Like Georgia’s other two engagements, Carter’s got a lot of size.

Although it is listed as a security by 247Sport, he was drafted by the Spartans as a linebacker and he is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He could actually occupy that nickel position in MSU’s 4-2-5 defense as a linebacker / security hybrid.

Mel Tucker shows off his recruiting prowess

A casual Michigan state fan might look at this engagement and think “meh, three stars,” but that isn’t quite the case with Carter when you look at his list of offers.

He has received offers from Michigan, Penn State, Florida State, Ole Miss and Clemson. He was recruited by some of the big boys in the country and he even had an official scheduled for Ole Miss on June 25, but felt at home in East Lansing this weekend and pulled the trigger.

Tucker shows he can recruit at a high level, picking up a top three star (ranked number 32 for safety in the nation by 247Sport) from Georgia on some of the best shows, and this might just be the beginning.

It’s only the second weekend of official visits and Tucker is already impressing. The recruiting prowess is evident and the momentum is growing.


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