Michigan State offers 4-star WR, former Oklahoma commit Jaden Nickens

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Earlier this week, Oklahoma City Douglass four-star wide receiver Jaden Nickens decomitted from the Oklahoma Sooners.

He was pledged to the in-state program since August 2023, but opted to re-open his recruitment as he looks to play both football and basketball at the college level.

“First I want to give Thanks and all Glory to my Father God above for even giving me the opportunity to play this game,” he wrote on Twitter. “Second, I will like to give love and thanks to the University of Oklahoma! Thank you to, Coach Venables, Coach Jones and the rest of the staff that took me in as family and showed nothing but Love! Thank you Sooner Nation for believing in me and giving me the best support from a college fan base.

… With that being said I will like to announce that I will be decommitting from the University of Oklahoma! This decommitment is all about me and my dreams. I want to experience the process more and explore with my options open, and for the colleges locking back in I’m looking to play both sports. I want to be a duel-sport Student Athlete! I have faith in myself and God that this is part of his will…”

On Friday, Michigan State became the first school to offer Nickens since he came back on the board. The Spartans are the 10th Power Four program on his offer sheet — joining the likes of OU, Penn State, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

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As a receiver, Nickens is the No. 201 overall prospect and No. 24 WR in the 2025 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 6 player in Oklahoma.

ESPN is the lone recruiting service that currently has Nickens ranked as a basketball prospect — where he is the No. 17 shooting guard and No. 2 player in The Sooner State.

The Spartans are currently without a commitment in the 2025 cycle in both football and basketball. New head coach Jonathan Smith pieced together a 20-signee class on the gridiron in December that ranks just inside the top 50 in the nation, while Tom Izzo has signed three prospects on the hardwood in the 2024 cycle — which is good for No. 19 in the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings.