Michigan State football loses RB commit Audric Estime to Notre Dame

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Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
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One of Michigan State footballs top commitments has flipped.

Running back Audric Estime backed out of his commitment to coach Mel Tucker on Friday and will sign with Notre Dame, he announced on Instagram. His teammate, offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark, signed his letter of intent to play for the Spartans in 2021.

“They are really high on me,” Estime told NJ.com on Dec. 4. “I’ve been talking to them a lot these last 2-3 weeks and have had a couple zoom calls with them. They told me they don’t have a back over 205 (pounds). I’m fast but also a big back. So, I would come in and be that big contributor that they are looking for.”

St. Joseph football at DePaul in Wayne on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. SJ #2 Audric Estime on his way to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.
St. Joseph football at DePaul in Wayne on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. SJ #2 Audric Estime on his way to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

The four-star prospect from St. Joseph Regional High in Montvale, New Jersey, committed to MSU on Sept. 13 before his eight-game senior season began in October. That’s when his stock began to soar.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Estime led New Jersey with 1,857 yards and 22 TDs in eight games for St. Joseph while running behind VanDeMark, a three-star offensive lineman who now becomes the Spartans’ third highest-rated commitment behind four-star Oak Park defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny. Benny told the Free Press on Saturday he plans to wait until the February period to sign. MSU on Wednesday also flipped and signed four-star linebacker Ma'a Gaoteote, who previously had been committed to Southern Cal and immediately became the Spartans' top recruit according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.

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Estime initially committed to MSU over Nebraska, Rutgers, Arizona, State, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M among his 17 offers at the time when he was rated the No. 21 running back and the No. 364 player overall nationally according to 247Sports.com’s composite system.

With his monster senior season, after which he was named NJ.com’s state player of the year, Estime soared to the No. 12 running back in the nation and No. 245 player overall.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever played with. He’s dominant. Flat-out, he’s a beast,” VanDeMark told NJ.com earlier this month.

Tucker on Thursday landed a commitment from Auburn transfer running back Harold Joinier III, a former four-star recruit who was a top-five running back in the 2018 class. Joiner entered the transfer portal in early October. MSU also signed one running back for 2021 in Benny’s teammate Davion Primm, who is a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

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