The Michigan State Spartans’ defense just continues to get stronger as the team continues to land commitments from players that won’t even suit up until the 2016 season. The latest to do that, with Auston Robertson and Josh King having done so most recently, is Class of 2016 defensive tackle Naquan Jones.
A 6-foot-4, 286 pounder out of Evanston Township High School near Chicago, Jones’s decision was reported by Matt Harness of the Chicago Tribune. Jones is ranked the No. 21 defensive tackle in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com and had also drawn interest from a great number of schools including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan, plus many others.
Considering how Michigan State’s defense ranked seventh in the nation in 2014, one can only assume that the team will improve in 2016 with this set of commits.
Needless to say, the past few days have been great ones to be a Sparty fan.
Michigan State was 11-2 (7-1 Big Ten) last season and finished the season at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The team capped its season with a stunning comeback victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.
The Spartans open 2015 on the road, playing Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on September 4.
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