Ty Rodgers is one of the best small forwards in the Class of ’22. He’s getting interest from elite programs like Michigan, Ohio State, and Syracuse. The Orange are renown for not casting a very wide net in recruiting. If SU offers a player, they know the staff really wants them and Syracuse feels confident they have a chance to land that recruit. SU is in on a number of top prospects in ’22 like Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and just landed Kamari Lands.
Which makes the recruitment of Rodgers an interesting one. He is rated #54 nationally in the stacked ’22 class by 247 Sports. ESPN ranks him at #47. Louisville, Florida State, and Houston are also suitors. The competition is fierce for SU, especially in his own state. He has his friends recruiting him to join the Spartans. How realistic is it for the Orange to land Rodgers?
“I need to get my boy Ty Rodgers man. Ty needs to come to MSU, I don’t know what he’s waiting on! Emoni (Bates) will probably re-class up, and then I don’t really know any other big men we’re recruiting. But yeah, I’ll say Ty.” – Pierre Brooks, Michigan State commit
The in-state battle for Rodgers is heating up. Pierre Brooks is a 4-star forward from Detroit and he’s committed to Michigan State for Class of ’21. In the famed group of ’22 recruits, Emoni Bates is the star. He’s already had a Sports Illustrated profile done on him. He’s been breathlessly mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James. And the battle for Rodgers, Saginaw’s finest, has ratcheted up in-state as Juwan Howard and Michigan have jumped fully into the sweepstakes.
Brooks says he wants Rodgers to come play with him and Bates in East Lansing. We’ll see if that influence from friends leads to Rodgers choosing MSU. Either way, Syracuse has a tough battle to fight, convincing a Michigan product to ignore both power programs in the state. One has his buddy on it (and one of the biggest recruits in a decade), while the other was one of the best teams in America this year. Clearly SU feels confident enough to have offered Rodgers, but there’s lots of work to do.