Michigan State adds 4-star CB Chance Rucker to 2023 class


MSU head coach Mel Tucker oversees practice on Dec. 25 in preparation for the 2021 Peach Bowl against No. 13 Pittsburgh/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Liam Jackson, Sports Editor

EAST LANSING – Chance Rucker, a 4-star cornerback from Texas, committed to Michigan State on Monday night. Rucker is a top 300 player in the 2023 class and had offers from Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Ole Miss and others. 

MSU head coach Mel Tucker has built a reputation for targeting players who have above average size and athleticism. Rucker fits this mold at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He also competes in track and field at Ryan Highschool in Denton, Texas.

Another aspect of recruiting that Tucker brings to MSU is bringing in players from around the country. Mark Dantonio focused mostly on recruiting Michigan and the rest of the midwest. As it stands right now, MSU has more commits from Texas in its 2023 class than Michigan.

Although the Spartans notched 11 wins during the 2021-22 season, the secondary was a glaring weakness. MSU allowed over 320 passing yards a game, placing them last in FBS rankings. Rucker projects as a good cover corner with a long wingspan to help break up passes.

Michigan State is in the midst of an extremely important recruiting month. Over 40 recruits are taking official visits to campus throughout June. 

After Rucker’s commitment, Michigan State’s 2023 recruiting class sits inside the top 20 with plenty of potential to rise even higher by the end of the summer.