Impact: Felton Davis

Taking a look at what the commitment of the Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver means for MSU -- and it carries quite a ways

When Michigan State picked up a commitment from Felton Davis at the end of July, it gave the Spartans plenty of reason to be excited.

The tall and long receiver from Highland Springs (Va.) got Michigan State on the board at last at wide receiver, a position of major need in the 2015 recruiting cycle. The Spartans, having taken no true receivers in the 2014 class and just two in 2013, had to hit some big commitments at receiver and Davis is the first one to fill that.

He provides a model of what was sought after as well, which is a big-framed kid who can go up and get the ball. The initial target for such a spot was New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic’s Miles Boykin, but he picked Notre Dame over Michigan State.

In come Davis, who the Spartans targeted pretty early in the process and won over an impressive offer list. His commitment was big for a pair of reasons.

As has been indicated by the commitments of Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke, West Mesquite (Texas) cornerback Josh Butler and Houston Kinkaid offensive lineman Tyler Higby, the Spartans are carrying more clout nationally recruiting right now. Point to Rose Bowl, point to the success in recent years, point to the coaching staff built around Mark Dantonio. A lot of things are going right in East Lansing and the commitment of Davis fits in the continual proof of that.

On top of being a national recruit from a not particularly fertile recruiting spot for Michigan State – just one walk-on is from Virginia on the roster heading into 2014 – Davis shows the impact of defensive line Ron Burton. Burton, a Highland Springs alum, has been putting in work on the East Coast and in his second year on the staff, it paid off with Davis. The first interview I did with Davis on Michigan State, his biggest point of emphasis was Burton on the staff and the fact that someone from his high school had gotten to that level in football.

With his energy and enthusiasm, Burton’s work will continue to pay off in the future surely.

With Davis in the fold, expect Michigan State to add one more receiver, with two being a possibility as well.


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