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From high school teammates to Michigan State football teammates.

Audric Estime, from Montvale, New Jersey, announced Sunday that he is committing to the Spartans’ 2021 class. That means the running back will continue to follow St. Joseph Regional High offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark, who committed to MSU on Aug. 22.

Audric Estime of St. Joseph running the ball in the second half against DePaul during their game in Montvale on September 21, 2019. (Photo: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com-USA Today Network)

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Estime is rated a three-star prospect per 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, but Rivals.com has him as a four-star recruit. He chose MSU over finalists Nebraska, Rutgers, Arizona, State, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder is ranked the No. 21 running back and the No. 364 player overall nationally according to 247Sports.com’s composite system.

“They are a great historical program that are known to use big backs like me that are successful and I have a great relationship with the staff and the running backs coach (William) Peagler,” Estime told NJ.com last month. “They’ve been on me since they were hired by Michigan State and I’ve been their top guy.”

Estime ran for 1,190 yards and 15 touchdowns on 173 carries as a junior behind VanDeMark, the Spartans’ lone four-star commitment so far, according to 247Sports. MSU also has a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Kevin Wigenton II from Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.

MSU now has 15 commitments. Estime joins Oak Park’s Davion Primm as running backs in new coach Mel Tucker’s first complete recruiting class.

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