The early talk of the demise of Michigan State football recruiting was way far overblown and this weekend found Mark Dantonio showing his way of recruiting can withstand the test. With the addition of Se'Von Pittman, Dantonio picked up another top prospect out of Ohio and one who had programs from across the country offering.
Canton (Ohio) McKinley High School defensive end Se`Von Pittman becomes the fifth Ohio product to pledge in the Class of 2012 and the highest profiled player with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State to name a few.
WHAT TO LIKE
In last year's class Ohio State signed Pittman's high school teammate Steve Miller. Many have felt Pittman was the better player of the two and expect big things out of him at the college level.
With a great frame and athletic ability, Pittman will be a welcomed addition to the Spartans defense as it continues to build depth to survive the rigors of Big Ten play. It also gives the Spartans a player SEC teams offered and wanted.
Add in the fact Pittman held an offer from Ohio State and many fully expected the Buckeyes to be able to close the Northeast Ohio native when Jim Tressel was head coach.
The off the field troubles in Columbus and Tressel leaving the program looks to have opened up his thinking about what is best for his future.
This is a pledge that answers the critics in how Mark Dantonio recruits. A year ago the Spartans ended June with six pledges. They now sit with two weeks to go in the month with the same number.
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
The pull of Ohio State is still going to be strong for Pittman in the coming months and something Spartan fans will hear about off and on. Many will feel Pittman could be ripe for the taking once the Buckeyes have a fulltime head coach in place along with assistant coaches. However, knowing how Mark Dantonio recruits, I'm sure he's covered this area with Pittman and his family.
The other of concern is the talk of academic issues. A year ago Pittman was not in a strong academic position, however, McKinley head football coach Ron Johnson has said his star player will be a qualifier and Johnson fully understand what is needed as a former college football coach.
Pittman's commitment came as a surprise to many as everyone had him headed in a different direction. His skill set fits in with what the Spartans do on defense and the style of recruiting done by Dantonio and Pittman's main recruiter Pat Narduzzi seem to have struck a chord with the Pittman family.
This is a major addition to the class and shows the Spartans are on track to sign a solid class in 2012.