Fit led to pick for Swanigan

How surprising was Caleb Swanigan's decision, even his father was caught off guard.

In a decision that shocked many who follow the recruiting game closely, on Friday evening five-star center Caleb Swanigan chose Michigan State over California, Purdue, and several other top programs. It was a big win for the Spartans on the recruiting trail, and one that came down to fit.

The 6-foot-9 and 265 pound Swanigan was pegged by most to be headed out to the Pac 12, and according to his father the decision threw him off a little bit.

“Honestly it surprised me,” Swanigan’s father Roosevelt Barnes said of the decision. “He had been talking a lot about California, but it came down to the fit and the relationships.”

Barnes continued, “You have to give credit to not only Tom Izzo, but to the assistants as well. D.J. Stephens and also Dane Fife did an excellent job recruiting Biggie, and he just felt like those relationships were too much to look past.”

Also according to Barnes, Swanigan felt like he was going to fit in well with what Izzo likes to do on offense.

“I think the style of play was really important,” noted Barnes. “Michigan State will throw the ball inside and overall he fits in well with their system. It just seemed like a perfect fit.”

This is a huge commitment for the Spartans as it locks in a top 10 class and gives them the much needed five-star win on the recruiting trail that has gone against them the last several years. Now Michigan State should be one of the favorites in the league going forward in the 2015-16 season.

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