MSU lands four-star 2022 forward Jaxon Kohler


MSU head coach Tom Izzo supervises practice before squaring off against Texas Tech in the 2019 Final Four/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— The Michigan State frontcourt just got a lot more talented.

On Sunday evening, four-star forward Jaxon Kohler became the second four-start commit within the Spartans’ 2022 recruiting class, following guard Trejuan Holloman who committed to MSU on Aug. 7. Kohler, who is originally from American Fork, Utah, is also the second four-star frontcourt prospect that the Spartans have gotten from Utah after 2020 forward Mady Sissoko, who played high school ball at Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah).

Kohler, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward, chose Michigan State over Iowa, Nebraska, USC, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, BYU, Utah and a plethora of other schools. He previously visited MSU on Sept. 11 and became a top priority for head coach Tom Izzo after losing out on fellow four-star forward Isaac Traudt to Virginia.

According to 247Sports, Kohler is the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Utah and the No. 67 overall prospect in the country, as well as the No. 11 overall power forward prospect. In total, he held 15 Division I offers.

Brandon Jenkins, a 247Sports recruiting analyst, categorizes Kohler as “a very skilled and productive post prospect who has one of the highest floors in the (2022) class nationally.” In addition, Kohler is also listed as a prospect who “good hands, outstanding footwork, a soft touch and (who) can score in a variety of ways from the low and high post or short corner areas.”

With the addition of Kohler, MSU’s 2022 class is rated as the No. 20 best in the country and the No. 6 best in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.