By Adam RittenbergThe Associated PressMichigan State coach Malik Jackson is entering the fall semester of his college career, the first step toward his decision to declare for the NFL draft.
A year ago, Jackson said he’d only commit to Michigan State if he was offered a contract, but a deal with a school was never made official.
He’ll start classes this spring, but that will be just the first of many stops.
Jackson is also considering transferring to another school, and the school where he plays is not expected to sign him as an early-impact recruit.
Jackson has always said he wanted to play in the NFL and has always considered his decision a decision to take advantage of the opportunity that comes with it.
He’s never been a top prospect, but he’s had the potential to be a top one for a long time.
The Michigan State coaches are hoping Jackson is one of their guys, and they’re confident he’ll be one of the top prospects in the class.
The other five Michigan State players in the draft class are expected to be defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, offensive lineman Jonathan Bostic, cornerback Darrin Reaves, wide receiver Jalen Ramsey and running back Jalen Johnson.
Jackson will have the chance to be the first defensive player taken in the 2017 NFL draft, and he should be one the top two defensive tackles in the Class of 2021.
Michigan State will have to get through its final two classes before making a decision on the quarterback position, which is the first and second highest priority on the roster.
The Spartans also need to make a decision about what kind of starting quarterback they’re going to have in the first two classes, and that could include a player like Malik Zaire, a former four-star recruit who is now a senior.
The quarterback situation will become the biggest question mark for the Spartans entering the 2019 season, and it’ll be difficult to find a quarterback at the top of the class with Jackson at the helm.
Jackson is a very good athlete who can make a difference on the field, but it won’t be enough to be considered a star.
The fact that he’s already a five-star prospect is a positive, but the biggest thing is that Jackson is already making his mark on Michigan State’s recruiting class.
He was the first Michigan State player to earn All-Big Ten accolades from the league.
He earned a spot in the All-American Game and has been named a First Team All-America four times.
He also earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior, the second player to do so.
Jackson also has the potential for an All-Pac-12 first-year performance, with an average of 21.8 yards per catch.
If Jackson is the most valuable piece of Michigan State recruiting, he’ll have the best chance to land a starting job, even though the Spartans won’t make a final decision on their quarterback for next season.