Michigan State has not signed a player from Virginia since Mark Dantonio's second class as head coach in East Lansing in 2008.
The Spartans now are primed to change that in the 2015 class as Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver Felton Davis committed to Michigan State on Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Davis is the first player from Virginia to commit to Michigan State since Midlothian (Va.) Manchester defensive end Cameron Jude in 2008. Jude spent two seasons at MSU before transferring.
Highland Springs is the high school that produced Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton, something that Davis said helped lead to a solid relationship with Burton back in May. He also found intrigue in the Spartans' strong defense at that time.
"They stretch the field," he said. "I really like that, but what intrigues me about the school is the defense. As a wideout, you are going against the No. 1 defense so you are getting better in practice by playing against the best defense in college so that helps you."
Davis brings the class of 2015 to nine members and joins Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott as commits this month. He is the first wide receiver in the class.
He also held offers from Miami, Wisconsin, Louisville, Nebraska and Virginia Tech among others.