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4-star OL picks the Michigan Wolverines over the Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State lost again to Michigan. This time it was looking for one of Michigan’s top offensive linemen and top players available in the 2025 recruiting class. Coach Jonathan Smith and the Spartans recently offered offensive lineman Avey Gach a scholarship as the four-star athlete was considering committing to the Spartans to bind. A native of Franklin, Michigan, Gach committed to Michigan because of the Spartans and several other Big Ten schools.

According to 247Sports, Gach is ranked as the 13th-best interior offensive lineman and the 196th-best overall prospect in the 2025 recruiting class. The site also ranks Gach as the second-best player from Michigan. Gach would have undoubtedly been one of, if not the best recruit. Coach Smith would have signed in his short time in East Lansing if Gach had signed.

Along with Michigan State, Gach chose Michigan over Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others. Although Gach was expected to choose Michigan in recent weeks, Coach Smith and the Spartans could have scored a key win if they had secured Gach’s commitment. Michigan State could have used Gach’s signing to bolster their recruiting efforts of other top offensive players on the recruiting trail.

When Coach Smith and his coaching staff began their recruiting process, they prioritized out-of-state players and players from the Midwest in hopes of luring them to East Lansing. While Coach Smith’s plan makes sense, several other quality schools in the Midwest are recruiting the same players, and many of those schools are currently in better situations than the Spartans.

Considering the number of players on the Spartans roster who have entered the transfer portal in recent weeks, recruiting has become even more important for Coach Smith and his coaching staff. The Spartans have lost many of their players and continue to miss out on valuable recruits on the recruiting trail. Coach Smith was already facing an uphill battle that seemed to be getting tougher by the day as recruiting under Coach Smith had yet to fall in the Spartans’ favor. The Spartans must find a way to win more on the recruiting trail if they hope to win more on the field.

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