The impact of winning the Rose Bowl was seen as Michigan State wrapped up the 2014 class and now it is making an impact on 2015 recruits.
As the Spartans hosted a group of top juniors Sunday, that was a big reason why Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward running back Andrew Dowell liked what he saw.
"We got a really good feeling and are liking Michigan State right now," he said. "We watched the hype video and they have more stuff up from the Rose Bowl, we were really liking that. …
"I would love to have the opportunity to be a part of that. I like the direction Michigan State is headed. They are getting better and better as years go on."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back also likes Michigan State for a former running back that also hailed from Ohio.
"I've been a Michigan State fan because I was a big Le'Veon Bell fan because he is a Michigan State guy from Ohio," he said. "I was watching him a lot at MSU because I like to think I play like him."
He and his brother, David – who visited with him and a few teammates Sunday – also spoke with MSU head coach Mark Dantonio on the phone.
"Coach Dantonio said he has reviewed and evaluated my film personally and he likes what I showed I can do in the film," he said. "He wants to get back and break down film with the entire coaching staff and then move from there.
"It was a good talk with him. I'm glad we had that talk."
Before then, Dowell is focused on continuing the basketball success the Eagles are having.
"We are the No. 1 seed getting ready to go into the playoffs," he said. "It's going really well. We have been doing our thing."