Fresh off being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is living the life and on Thursday he secured a commitment from one the best class of 2017 recruits. That’s when 5-star power forward Jaren Jackson offered a verbal commitment to play for the Spartans.
Jackson took to Twitter to confirm his verbal pledge.
— Jaren Jackson Jr. (@therealjnari_) September 15, 2016
He also spoke with Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press about his decision to become a Spartan. More from the Detroit Free Press:
“You look at the big perspective, which is you want to be pushed. Your main goal is winning games and improving as a person and a player,” said Jackson, who announced this morning, on his 17th birthday, that he will play for Izzo in 2017. “So all those things screamed Michigan State.”
Jackson, a 6’10”, 220-pound power forward from La Porte, Indiana (La Lumiere School) is rated as a 5-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 22 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the eighth-best power forward in the country. 247Sports also regards Jackson as the third-best basketball player in the state of Indiana.
He chose the Spartans over strong interest from Purdue. Jackson also had offers from Alabama, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Xavier. Kansas, Michigan, Texas and Stanford all showed Jackson some interest.
This is the first class of 2017 commit for Izzo and the Spartans. Last season, Izzo secured the No. 3-ranked 2016 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.