Maine South junior four-star ranked offensive guard Kevin Jarvis (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process Thursday afternoon and give Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio his verbal commitment.
"I had a great visit to Michigan State on Tuesday and ever since I came back home I couldn't stop thinking about them," Jarvis said. "I sat down and talked it over with my dad and then told coach (David) Inserra that I was ready to commit. They totally agreed with my reasons to commit so afterwards I called up the MSU coaches and gave them my verbal commitment."
Jarvis, who had offers this spring from several Big Ten schools along with Florida, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State, felt an instant connection to Michigan State.
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"I've been wanting to be a Spartan for a very long time," Jarvis said. "I wanted to wait a bit after they offered me because I was getting a lot of offers from some great schools. Once I visited on Tuesday I knew that I wouldn't find another school like Michigan State. They offer so many positives and offer everything I was looking for in a school. Michigan State has just a great family feel and everyone cares about each other on and off the field. The coaches are great and it's just a great fit for me so I committed."
Jarvis, who is Rivals.com's Class of 2017 No. 5 ranked recruit in Illinois, continues a strong Chicagoland recruiting pipeline for the Spartans. Michigan State landed five Land of Lincoln standouts including three of the Top 5 ranked from Rivals.com's Class of 2016 in Illinois.