Michigan State lands Mel Tucker’s highest rated recruit in head coaching career


MSU head coach Mel Tucker supervises a 2021 practice during the bye week/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Liam Jackson, Sports Editor

EAST LANSING – Bai Jobe committed to Michigan State on Thursday. Jobe, an edge rusher from Norman, Oklahoma, becomes the highest rated recruit in Michigan State’s 2023 class.

MSU joined Alabama and Oklahoma in Jobe’s final list of schools. He is the No. 64 rated player in the country, No. 9 edge rusher in the country and the No. 1 player in Oklahoma according to 247 Sports. He is a four-star recruit.

Head coach Mel Tucker gets his first top-100 commitment as a head coach with Jobe. 

Listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Jobe is quick and agile for his size as a pass rusher. He is even utilized as a kick returner at Community Christian School. Jobe has a lot of room to grow as a football player. He did not begin playing until his freshman year of high school. Last season, Jobe recorded 56 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

The Spartans extended an offer to Jobe on March 13, 2022, and he took an official visit to MSU on June 17, 2022.  

Jobe’s commitment is a testament to the impact that Brandon Jordan has made on the program. Jordan has worked with dozens of current NFL edge rushers and is beginning to attract national attention when it comes to recruiting. 

Recruiting nationally has continued to pay dividends for Tucker. Nine of the 11 commits in the 2023 class are from outside of Michigan.