One player the Spartans have impressed is Clifton (VA) Centreville High School defensive end Ken Ekanem.
"Michigan State is a classy program," said Ekanem. "I really like their coaching style and defensive line coach Ted Gill."
Ekanem, who stands 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, has the ability to play defensive end or outside linebacker in college. Where do the Spartans see him if he would to wear the Green & White?
"Michigan State is recruiting me as a defensive end in their system."
One thing Ekanem has not been able to do is visit campus. Are plans in the works to make a trip officially or unofficially to East Lansing?
"I've never been up to Michigan State," said Ekanem. "I'm hoping to get up there at some time soon but they are so far away. So I'm looking at doing it after my football season. It will all depend upon when my season ends as to when I'll take a visit."
Who is heading up the Spartans recruiting efforts for Ekanem?
"Coach (Ted) Gill," said Ekanem. "Coach (Mike) Tressel and coach Gill have both came to my school to see me in the past."
How important is it for Ekanem to have his future position coach leading the charge?
"It's great to know coach Gill would be my position coach," said Ekanem. "I'm really looking to get familiar with my position coach as that is who I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life with. So I want to have a good relationship with him prior to coming to the school."
Despite having never visited campus, Ekanem feels he knows enough to keep the Spartans on his list. How much does he really know about the Spartans?
"I know enough," said Ekanem. "As I said before, Michigan State is a very classy program and they are winning."