So where do the Spartans go from here?
ON THE ROSTER
Keep a few things in mind when you look at the loss of Pittman. The first is the loss of Pittman will have no major impact on the 2012 season. Very few freshmen come into a Big Ten program with the depth now at Michigan State and step right into a major role.
Second, Shilique Calhoun has received high praise from the Spartan coaches this fall and many expect him to push for a starting position next season.
Also keep in mind the Spartans will return Marcus Rush, Corey Freeman, William Gholston, and Denzel Drone next season. They will also return Tyler Hoover but there has been talk of Hoover moving to the offensive line.
Two other Spartans who could get a look at defensive end next season are Lawrence Thomas who was side tracked with early injuries that slowed him down. Depth at linebacker and depending upon the physical size of Thomas in the spring could see him make a move.
Taiwan Jones is also continuing to grown and has the physical look of a player who could line up on the edge.
ON THE BOARD
Of those players already committed to the Spartans, Josiah Price and Evan Jones both could be looked at as possible defensive linemen. However, there are several top prospects still within reach of the Spartans.
Kenderious Whitehead of Lithonia (GA) King High School received a visit from MSU this past week and an offer. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Whitehead will be a hard one to pull out of the south as Clemson and Georgia are considered his favorites.
Kisima Jagne did give Colorado his verbal pledge just a few days ago. However, several feel the Chandler (AZ) product may have panicked a little and is still looking hard at the Spartans. Getting Jagne on campus is a must for the Spartans to pull Jagne into the class.
David Perkins of South Bend (IN) Washington is listed as a linebacker by most recruiting services. However, Michigan State feels Perkins would be best suited as a rush end using his great burst off the line. If the Spartans can pull in Perkins, the loss of Pittman would be looked by some as a wash.
Former Michigan pledge Pharaoh Brown is listed as a tight end, however, the Spartans look at Brown as a player who could play on either side of the ball. Spartan Digest believes Brown is more along the lines of William Gholston with a longer frame as compared to Pittman.
We can also be certain the Spartans have a few new names on their board we'll learn about in the very near future.