2023 Three-star OL Johnathan Slack Jr. commits to MSU


MSU head coach Mel Tucker intently watches the Spartans’ 23-20 home overtime win over Nebraska on Sept. 25, 2021/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Manit Patel, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING, Mich—Michigan State football picked up its third commitment in the 2023 recruiting class Wednesday morning when three-star offensive lineman Johnathan Slack Jr. announced his commitment to MSU.

Slack, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from Detroit, confirmed the announcement via Twitter. MSU offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic handled the majority of his recruitment process over the past several months.

Slack was one of 31 recruits to visit campus over the weekend of Jan. 29 when Michigan State hosted recruits for their second junior day, dubbed “The Spartan Odyssey.” MSU hosted 14 four-star recruits across football and men’s basketball as well as six three-star recruits, eight unranked prospects and one preferred walk-on target. 

Slack currently plays high school football at Detroit Martin Luther King where he is currently the teammate of five-star quarterback Dante Moore. Moore has visited MSU five times and is a top-10 player nationally in the class of 2023, according to 247Sports.

MSU 2023 commit Johnathan Slack Jr. during his visit to MSU over the weekend of Jan. 29/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Slack is currently rated as a high three-star prospect by 247Sports; he is ranked as the No. 380 player in the 2023 recruiting class. Slack is also ranked as the No. 24 interior offensive lineman and the No. 9 player from Michigan. 

In addition to MSU, Slack was offered by multiple Power Five schools including Arizona State, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, West Virginia  Tennessee, Boston College and Syracuse. 

Slack is the third recruit to commit to Michigan State along with four-star running back Kedrick Reescano (New Caney, Texas) and four-star tight end Brennan Parachek (Dexter, Michigan). 

With the addition of Slack, MSU’s 2023 recruiting class is rated as the No. 14 best in the country by 247Sports.