Michigan State found a rare top 10 player willing to reject the recruiting forces Duke and Kentucky and spent a long time recruiting it.
But in the end, the Spartans still could not land the services of Isaiah Stewart.
Stewart, a five-star striker with number 6 in 2019, announced his pledge to Washington on ESPN on Sunday night.
Michigan State was one of five finalists for its services with Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse and Washington.
He is now the third five-star striker targeted by the Spartans, but he could not land in this recruiting cycle. The Spartans were one of three finalists for Vernon Carey, the No. 2 total player to sign up for Duke last month. They were also one of three finalists for five-star Trayce Jackson-Davis, who engaged in Indiana in November.
Stewart visited the campus several times, including an official visit in October. He plays for the La Lumiere School in Indiana, the same school that produced the former Michigan State Jout Jackson Jr. These factors made Michigan State a leading contender for its services for a long time.
But in his announcement, Stewart cited his longstanding relationship with Washington coach Mike Hopkins as the reason for his decision. Hopkins, a former assistant to Syracuse, was one of the first to recruit the Native of Rochester, N.Y.
Michigan State has signed a player in its 201