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Michigan State Football explains to Charles Taplin why he chose MSU

The Michigan State Spartans added their eighth commit of the 2025 class on Friday when three-star wide receiver Charles Taplin announced his decision. Taplin, a native of Red Oak, Texas, is the 155th ranked player in the state and the 141st wide receiver in the 2025 class.

Taplin made his decision shortly after returning home from his visit, he told me. Taplin had to consult his family and mentors. That’s when he decided Michigan State was the place to be.

“Knowing that is like trusting Coach (Courtney) Hawkins to develop me as a man, as a receiver, on and off the field,” Taplin said. “And also how (the Spartans) are family-oriented, you know. I’ll be far from home, so I need to be taken care of.’

Hawkins’ track record against NFL receivers, including Jayden Reed and Keon Coleman, played a big role in Taplin’s confidence in Hawkins. Hawkins congratulated Taplin on announcing his commitment, and Taplin said he has already received instructions from the coach on how to prepare for the college level.

“He and coach (Cordale) Grundy sent me some releases to work on,” Taplin said. “Just getting out on the field after my summer workouts, making sure I get some releases in. I go to a sandbox, I can do some releases in the sandbox. … (The releases) aren’t that hard, But it’s what the Pros do.”

Taplin said next on his agenda is training and being the best he can be, and he is looking forward to a great senior season. Taplin told me the team’s goal is to win the Texas 5A state championship, something it failed to do last year when it lost to Aledo.

Taplin is part of an elite wide receiver trio that could be the best in the state of Texas. He is joined by four-star Taz Williams, rated as the 51st receiver in the 2025 class, and four-star Brayden Robinson, the 28th receiver in the 2026 receiver class, according to 247Sports.

Taplin told me he plans to enroll early with the Spartans. He said he was most excited about “practicing against the best, playing against the best and (and) learning from the best.”

Taplin is the second receiver the Spartans have secured from the 2025 class. The first was three-star receiver Braylon Collier from Ohio.

Michael France is Sports Illustrated’s recruiting beat writer at Michigan State and covers all things Big Ten recruiting for Spartan Nation. Be sure to follow him on Twitter/X@michaelfrancesi for exclusive Spartans recruiting coverage.

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