Impact: Jake Hartbarger

MSU added a punter for 2014, which was an important get to replace Mike Sadler in a couple years. What does Hartbarger's addition mean for the class as a whole and the remaining spots?

Michigan State had been debating whether or not to add a punter to the class of 2014 for a little while and eventually decided to do so when it offered Jake Hartbarger.

The Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse, Ohio) senior was the top guy on the radar for a little while. He visited back on August 3 and had been going back and forth with the coaches since then.

Hartbarger is important for Michigan State because he is a very solid punter who is in the perfect class to bring him in.

MSU will redshirt Hartbarger with Mike Sadler being a senior in the 2014 season and have him set up to start four years in East Lansing.

That is the same way that Sadler came in behind former MSU punter Aaron Bates, who graduated following the 2010 season – in which Sadler redshirted and was primed to start for four years.

Bates served as a mentor to Sadler and now Sadler can do the same with Hartbarger.

Michigan State has a strong line of punters in recent years and Hartbarger is next in line. Throw in the fact that Michael Geiger is going to be around at kicker for the next few years, it gives MSU a solid pair of specialists.

He brings the class to 16 members, which leaves room for five or six more commits. Expect a couple of defensive linemen and a couple of offensive linemen to take some of those spots. A wide receiver or two should also factor in, as should a defensive back – most likely a corner.


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