2017 five-star PF Jaren Jackson commits to Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans have just landed a big piece for the future as five-star power forward Jaren Jackson announced his commitment to the team.

Jackson took to Twitter and announced he would be heading to East Lansing for his collegiate career, on his 17th birthday no less. It certainly seems like the Spartans are getting a genuine talent in the fifth-ranked power forward in the country.

Jackson chose the Spartans over Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame and Purdue and it is pretty clear why he did so. He talked about head coach Tom Izzo playing a big factor in his decision.

“I didn’t plan it this way,” Jackson told reporters, via ESPN. “I have done all my homework on each school … and discussed everything with my family, and the timing just happened to land on my birthday,” Jackson said. “When you have a Hall of Fame coach like Tom Izzo, it makes a statement about the program.

Coach Izzo has established a culture and an attitude of winning and I want to be part of that. He does a great job at developing his talent too.”

Jackson is the first commit in Michigan State’s 2017 class. They now have the fifth-best class in the Big Ten with just one commit.

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