Michigan State received huge news in advance of Signing Day on Monday night when four-star defensive tackle Craig Evans of Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School reversed an earlier commitment to the University of Wisconsin and instead pledged to Michigan State.
Rivals.com lists Evans as the No. 1 player in Wisconsin, No. 188 in the country and the No. 11 defensive tackle in America.
Evans made a surprise visit to Michigan State a week and a half ago, and followed it up by changing his pledge to the Spartans.
Evans made the commitment via Twitter. In the process, Evans refuted claims that he was turned away by Wisconsin due to academic questions.
Evans' high school coach says Evans has work to do in order to qualify, but he and the Spartan staff expect him to do so.
As you all may have heard I'm no longer a badger and no it's not about the academics just the best decision for me ....
Evans is the fifth member of the Spartan recruiting class to hold four-star status in the Rivals.com database.
The commitment lifted Michigan State to No. 24 in the Rivals.com national recruiting rankings, moving the Spartans past Wisconsin (No. 32) and Michigan (No. 29). Michigan State is now No. 3 in the Big Ten recruiting rankings, behind No. 2 Ohio State and No. 20 Penn State.
Evans is the second player in the MSU class ranked as the No. 1 player in his state, joining the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania (Montae Nicholson) as a Spartan verbal. Nicholson withstood a hard charge from Penn State last week to remain with Michigan State
VIDEO:> Helmholdt's analysis of Evans at RCS-Chicago in May The Spartans hope to reel in a third player ranked No. 1 in his state on Wednesday as Michigan State continues to pursue defensive lineman Malik McDowell. McDowell is ranked the No. 26 player in the country and could become the lone five-star member of the Spartan recruiting class.