Tucker lands first commitment of 2023


MSU tight ends coach Ted Gilmore shouts out coaching instructions during a 2021 fall practice/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker in on the board for the 2023 recruiting class.

On Tuesday afternoon, three-star tight end Brennan Parachek (Dexter, Michigan) became the first MSU commit for 2023. He was originally offered by MSU on Feb. 17, 2021.

Parachek, 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 7 overall prospect in Michigan as well as the No. 21 tight end prospect nationwide. He is also rated as the No. 324 overall prospect in the country for 2023.

After being recruited heavily by Spartan tight ends coach Ted Gilmore, Parachek chose MSU over Arizona State, Kansas, Purdue, Syracuse, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio), Akron, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky and Central Michigan. He previously unofficially visited MSU on July 31, 2021.

Parachek is slated to be a key cog in a revamped MSU tight end room that currently includes freshman three-star Kameron Allen and two 2022 three-stars in Georgia prospect Jack Nickel and Arizona recruit Michael Masunas.

He has played an integral role in leading Dexter High School, a Division II school in Washtenaw County, to three consecutive winning seasons and playoff berths, including an 8-2 season in 2019. Previously, Dexter underwent a stretch in which it suffered four consecutive winless seasons from 2014-17 (42-game losing streak) and only registered two overall victories from 2012-17.

Currently, the Dreadnaughts are 4-1 and trying to earn their fourth consecutive playoff berth in a row, which would be a school record.

Parachek also plays baseball for Dexter; he is the younger brother of senior Dreadnaught quarterback Colin Parachek. As a sophomore, the younger Parachek hauled in 38 receptions for 420 yards and five touchdowns.

For the Spartans, all attention now turns to coveted 2022 four-star West Bloomfield recruit Dillon Tatum who is set to announce his commitment tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.  Dating back to Aug. 26, all 11 Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports have Tatum choosing MSU.