Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey

Recruiting: Budapest native Kristof Papp commits to Michigan State

Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey


By @MichaelCaples –

Budapest, Metro Detroit, East Lansing.

It’s been quite a journey for Kristof Papp, and it’s really just beginning.

The Honeybaked 16U forward – a native of Budapest, Hungary – announced on Saturday that he has verbally committed to Michigan State.

I picked MSU because I absolutely love their campus and their hockey organization,” Papp told MiHockey, “but most importantly because of the great coaching staff they have.

“I really felt like I was home when I visited the school.”

Papp came to the Great Lakes State in 2015; he played one season with the Belle Tire bantam major squad before playing the 2016-17 season with Honeybaked 16U.

“This is my third season in Michigan,” Papp said. “I had to adjust to the speed and toughness of hockey and the new people I met here but it went well.”

During his adjustment period, he caught the eye of scouts at both the junior and college level. Papp was drafted by the Madison Capitols in last spring’s USHL Draft, and now, he’s secured a spot with the Big Ten hockey program in East Lansing.

“I’m looking forward to the future at MSU very much,” Papp said. “I’m very excited to see how the team builds with the new coaches and I’m very excited I have a chance to contribute to the future of such a good school.”