Spartans Class of 2013 Recap

The dust has settled and we take a look back at the past year as Mark Dantonio and his staff worked hard to bring future Spartans that will leave their mark on the Michigan State program. Here is a recap of several important things from the past year.

If championships were won on team recruiting rankings, Mark Dantonio would have thrown his whistle away many years ago. While each class will see a superstar or two, it's the contributions of the group as a whole that will decide the outcome of games in and away from Spartan Stadium.

We look back at a few key things from the process that brought the Spartans the members of the 2013 recruiting class.

STAR POWER

Michigan State would sign four prospects ranked by FOXSportsNEXT.com as four-star prospects at their positions.

Jon Reschke, Shane Jones, Damion Terry and Dennis Finley left lasting impressions during last summer and throughout their senior years. Not only did each player show the physical ability to play at a high level, each showed they could also play as members of a team by playing huge roles in winning state championships this past season.

BIG QUICKNESS

If Spartan fans want to watch for a player with the physical skills to match those shown by former Spartans Jerel Worthy, look at Noah Jones out of Dillard High School.

Mark Staten pulled in a recruiting steal with Jones as the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Jones has the frame to add weight without losing his quick first step and ability to give offensive linemen nightmares.

FEBRUARY & JUNE PAY OFF BIG

The Spartans got off to a fast start last February by getting pledges from four of their signees in the 2013 recruiting class then followed up during camp season with four more pledges. With eight out of their 18 recruits done in these months shows the importance of Junior Days and on-campus camps.

SPARTANS RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

This was a hard one to name as four coaches were in the running for our top honor. However, after going over all the info we've made the decision to name Co-Recruiters of the Year for the 2013 class. Defensive back coach Harlon Barnett helped bring in four-star linebacker Shane Jones and keep the pipeline from East Lansing to Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller High School flowing. Barnett also pulled in Gerald Holmes, Trey Kilgore and Devyn Salmon.

Narduzzi was right with him pulling in four recruits including late additions Justin Williams and James Bodanis to go with Northeast Ohio prospects Darian Hicks and Jalyn Powell.

We also have to recognize the efforts of Mark Staten and Brad Salem over the past year. When you combine the numbers all four coaches brought together they were responsible for 14 of the Spartans 18 recruits (78%).

HERE AND NOW

It is no secret the Spartans will be giving running back Gerald Holmes plenty of reps when he arrives in camp with the departure of Le'Veon Bell. Holmes may not be as big as Bell, but he's got speed to go with a frame capable of taking the pounding expected out of a Spartans back.


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