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Michigan State is trying to flip Bobby Kanka and hosted the Michigan football commitment on a visit this past weekend.
Howell defensive end Bobby Kanka has verbally committed to the University of Michigan.
Howell defensive end Bobby Kanka has verbally committed to the University of Michigan. / Timothy Arrick/For the Livingston Daily

You never want to see a commitment visit another school and if you're a Michigan football fan, you never want to see a committed recruit visiting Michigan State.

Yet, with in-state recruits, it tends to happen and the Spartans were able to get one of the eight Michigan football commitments in the 2025 class on campus for an official visit.

Bobby Kanka is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman out of Howell, Michigan. He's ranked No. 383 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings for the 2025 class. Kanka is also the No. 4 in-state prospect for that class.

Mike Elston got him on board last August. However, there have been a bunch of changes since then. Jim Harbaugh left to coach the Chargers and took Elston with him. Then, Sherrone Moore went through a defensive line coach before getting to Lou Esposito, who to his credit, has gotten the Wolverines back in a good spot.

At one point, Tennessee was expected to get an official visit along with Michigan State. But Esposito was able to get Kanka to visit for this coming weekend (June 21) which is the final visit weekend before the dead period.

As far as Kanka, he visited Michigan State and according to Corey Robinson of Spartan Tailgate, "felt a great vibe."

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Yet, it doesn't feel like a flip is imminent. It's hard to tell though. We should know a lot more after the visit to Ann Arobr this weekend. For now, I'd give Michigan a better than 50/50 chance of keeping Kanka, but it's far from a sure thing.