With fans worried about what’s seen as a top-ranked slate for Michigan State’s upcoming season, Tom Izu has been busy getting a commitment from the top-rated player in his 27-plus seasons as the Spartans coach.
Xavier Booker, the 6-foot-10 forward from Indianapolis, announced Saturday that he’s committed to Michigan, culminating in a hiring process that has seen Ezo and his crew relentlessly pursue the rapidly rising prospect, long before many of the country’s other major shows. . entered the image.
“I would first like to thank God,” Booker said live on Instagram with ESPN analyst Paul Biancardi. “Definitely without him, I wouldn’t be here now. I obviously want to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey, my coach and everyone who has recruited me throughout this journey. But I will be committed to Michigan State University.”
Booker is ranked #1 in the country’s likely 2023 year by Rivals.com and is #3 in 247Sports. Job site On3.com lists Booker as its #6 potential customer.
His 247Sports composite ranking is far below the 58th in the country thanks to the fact that ESPN ranks him as a four-star and he is not among the top 100 players in the country. The updated ESPN rankings will be released in late August, and Biancardi said Booker would be in a “very favorable place”.
Michigan State’s last top-10 recruit was striker Garen Jackson Jr. in 2017. He was ranked sixth by Rivals and eighth by 247Sports. Miles Bridges in 2016 was ranked 10th overall by Rivals and 12th in 247Sports.
Booker selected Michigan State from its pool of 10 finalists, which included Michigan, Auburn, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana, Cincinnati and Oregon.
Booker led Indianapolis Cathedral High to this year’s state championship before playing with the G3 All Indy travel program. Booker’s recruitment began since the end of his high school season. Michigan State offered Booker a scholarship in September 2021, but several offers have been pouring in over the past several months.
Despite this, Izzo and his staff got an official visit from Booker in April and continued to make the big man a priority all summer.
“It was a long process, being able to build relationships with coaches and visits and everything,” Booker said. “It was definitely a lot of fun, for sure. After I was laid off (my top 10) on Monday, my family and I talked for a long time, and we kind of – it was just one school that stuck out the most.”
He now joins four-star guard Jeremy Ferris, ranked 42nd overall in the country, as the only two members of the 2023 class. The Spartans are also chasing four-star striker Devin Royal, who on Friday trimmed his school roster to Michigan, Alabama and Ohio.
Four-star striker Quinn Carr of Greenville, South Carolina, told On3.com he’s making an official visit to Michigan, and the Spartans recently featured four-star striker Greg Normand of North Richland Hills, Texas.