Michigan State Gets Pledge From 4-Star LB Antjuan Simmons

    Michigan State received a commitment from four-star linebacker Antjuan Simmons. He is the 18th player in the Spartans Class of 2017.

    January 14, 2017

    Michigan State received a commitment from four-star linebacker Antjuan Simmons. He is the 18th player in Sparty’s Class of 2017.


    While Michigan State has lost out to Michigan on a lot of the state’s best high school prospects since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor, the Spartans went into the Wolverines’ own backyard and wooed a top player to East Lansing.

    Four-star linebacker Antjuan Simmons announced his commitment on Saturday, giving Mark Dantonio and his staff their 18th player in the Class of 2017.

    The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Ann Arbor Pioneer High had previously committed to Ohio State before re-opening his recruitment last month. Simmons picked the Spartans over the Buckeyes, Notre Dame and others. He is a Scout.com four-star prospect and one of the nation’s top outside linebacker prospects.

    Simmons tallied 73 tackles, two interceptions and blocked two field goals last season. In 2015, he had 65 tackles (eight for loss) and one forced fumble. He also plays on the offensive side of the ball. Simmons ran for 1,112 yards and 18 touchdowns on 148 carries in 2015, and he had 73 rushes for 433 yards and two scores in 2016.

    National Signing Day is Feb. 1. Three players in this class—receiver Hunter Rison, tight end Jack Camper and defensive back Josiah Scott—have already enrolled at Michigan State.

    Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

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