Impact: Josh Butler

Michigan State has not reeled in many players from Texas of late, but Butler flipped that trend -- one that has already seen more change.

In Mark Dantonio’s first recruiting class at Michigan State, he brought in a nice quarterback prospect named Nick Foles. That was the most recent recruit from the state of Texas to ink with the Spartans.

That is expected to change come February 2015 after West Mesquite (Texas) cornerback Josh Butler committed to Michigan State last week.

The speedy cornerback, who excels in press coverage, gives the Spartans a lot to be excited about as a player. On the recruiting trail, though, he brings just as much. Since Foles, the Spartans have had just one player from Texas verbally commit in offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch. Benenoch ultimately decommitted and signed with UCLA.

When Benenoch committed, however, his offer list looked a lot different than Butler’s. Benenoch had little serious interest from in-state schools, whereas Butler hold an offer from Texas A&M.

It is a big victory for wide receiver coach Terry Samuel, as well, who has been maligned at times for not landing any prospects from Texas. That can no longer be said, has changed again with the commitment of Houston (Texas) Kinkaid offensive lineman Tyler Higby – and might even change more if the Spartans land a commitment from wide receiver Darrell Stewart.

It also gives the Spartans the ability to be very picky moving forward in the secondary as it landed one of the top players on its board, which also can be said with Tyson Smith also in the fold.

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