Earlier today, the Michigan State staff and former QB commit Bo Edmundson publicly parted ways. The Austin (TX) Lake Travis product announced his departure from MSU’s 2023 recruiting class via social media. Spartan Tailgate sources were notified last week that MSU was looking to move in this direction for a period of time now, but the staff wanted to let Edmundson to come to the same conclusion on his own and take his time making the subsequent announcement.
When Edmundson committed, the well-built 6-foot-3 gunslinger had shown solid potential, admirable pocket toughness, and tight-window zip. He had an opportunity to take his game to another level as a senior, but was injured during the offseason (which hindered his Elite 11 evaluation) and for most of the current regular season. Edmundson persevered through his ongoing back injury and came back for an October 8th contest that his team won. However, he was then out of action again for the next few weeks until October 29th, when the team’s new starting QB suffered an injury and Edmundson was asked to step up.
He has played well when he’s able to see the field, but that sample size just hasn’t been that sizeable during the last year. This is also most likely what contributed to Edmundson falling from 433rd in the 247Composite rankings back when he committed, to now being ranked 803rd nationally. Still, it’s reasonable to expect that Edmundson will be able to find a good home for himself before signing day, given the tools that he possesses when healthy. His personality will also go a long way in making him attractive to schools that may be a better fit.
As for where Michigan State plans to go from here, sources tell me that several targets will emerge and the staff won’t limit themselves. With that said, I’m hearing that MSU will begin by going to great lengths to attempt to flip 2023 five-star QB Dante Moore, a Detroit (MI) King product who is currently committed to Oregon. Obviously, this won’t be an easy task and expectations should be tempered. Not only are there justifiably enticing incentives available to Moore if he were to enroll at Oregon, but the Ducks have also had a lot of success during the 2022 season. On the other hand, sources emphasized that MSU won’t go down without exhausting every resource here. Plus, for whatever it’s worth, several Midwest sources placed the Spartans firmly in Moore’s top group back when it seemed like he was leaning towards Notre Dame early in the summer.
In April, Moore’s high school head coach Ty Spencer articulated this to 247Sports’ Sam Webb, specifically saying, “I think Michigan State was a really good look for him at first, and then they took a quarterback… I know Coach (Jay) Johnson and Tuck are great guys, but there aren’t not too many quarterbacks (who) want to play with two (QBs in a class).” While the part about MSU being a serious threat for Moore was true, Michigan State’s staff personally felt that Notre Dame was considerably ahead of the pack at the time, while others like Oregon, Michigan, Texas A&M, and Alabama were threatening too.
In other words, the MSU staff felt that taking the next best QB on their board (Edmundson) was better than missing out on both. After all, the situation that the Spartans feared is exactly what happened to Notre Dame, as they turned away star QB target Christopher Vizzina in favor of Moore. Well, Vizzina quickly chose Clemson upon ND making that decision, but Moore later chose Oregon. That sequence of events has left ND without a 2023 QB commit.
All in all, MSU was probably smart to do what they did at the time and, to be candid, the Spartans probably weren’t going to land Moore back then, despite it being true that they were a bigger factor that most gave them credit for. Either way, things have now changed with MSU’s evaluation of that aforementioned “next best QB on their board” in Edmundson, so we will see whether the staff can reignite that prior interest Moore had in them, however extensive it may have been.
There will also be other QB targets that emerge in the near future, but those will be posted in the Shaw Lane VIP Board as they are uncovered. One will be revealed imminently.
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