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Jaren Jackson commits to Michigan State: Terps miss out on 5-star forward

If he comes to College Park, it won’t be in a Maryland uniform.

Via Jaren Jackson/Twitter

Five-star forward Jaren Jackson Jr. committed to Michigan State Thursday over a group that included Maryland, Georgetown, Purdue and Notre Dame.

The Indiana forward is the No. 22 player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.

The Terps seemed a likely destination for Jackson at one point, as Maryland led 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for his commitment when he announced Wednesday he’d be making his decision. But that tide quickly turned, with Michigan State becoming a clear leader, Most experts selected the Spartans as Jackson’s destination Wednesday evening, and they were right.

The Terps obviously would have loved to have the services of the 6’10 220-pound Jackson. Frontcourt depth will be a main point of concern that Head Coach Mark Turgeon and his staff will have to address in this recruiting cycle, with starting center Damonte Dodd exhausting his eligibility after this season. Maryland still does not have anyone committed in the class of 2017.