Michigan State signed class of 2024 defensive tackle Mikeshun Beeler of Chicago (Ill.) Simeon Academy on Feb. 7. Beeler (6-4 275) announced his commitment to the Spartans earlier this weekend (Feb. 5) after an official visit in late January. The defensive tackle will enroll in East Lansing in the summer.
The Chicago defensive tackle chose Michigan State over finalists including Oregon, Georgia Tech, Indiana, and others. He is ranked a three-star, the No. 1217 overall recruit in the 2024 On3 Industry Rankings. Beeler is also ranked the No. 107 defensive lineman in his class and the No. 29 recruit in Illinois.
Beeler announced his commitment to Michigan State live from his high school. The recruitment with the Spartans began just under two weeks ago.
While in East Lansing, Beeler and his mother met with defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa while in East Lansing. The defensive tackle enjoyed a film session with the position coach, even enhancing his game on the official visit.
“In just spending thirty minutes with him in the film room, he changed my stance,” Beeler said. “That was already a sign that he was the guy to develop me into what I want to be. Just being in that room and him doing that, I was just imagining what it would be like to spend years with this guy. He can really develop me into something good. The coaches like my pass rushing ability and my ability to play with speed.
The senior defensive tackle logged 45 total tackles along with 18 tackles for a loss in 2023. He also had nine sacks on the season.
Michigan State has a need for high school defensive tackle recruits, as the previous Spartan staff did not sign any true defensive tackles in the class of 2023, and just one in Alex Vansumeren in the class of 2022.
The Spartans also signed versatile defensive end Kekai Burnett of Honolulu (HI) Punahou in the early signing period. Burnett (6-3, 235) is listed as an edge rusher, with the frame and flexibility to potentially move inside at the college level.