That is something the Spartans hope to change as they look to expand their recruiting territory eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers will help in that and the Spartans will play their first game against the Terrapins on Saturday, something that will help exposure in the area.
“I think it’s good to get anywhere now with the reality of recruiting and maybe not the ability but the willingness of kids to go anywhere,” quarterbacks coach Brad Salem said. “As you go travel somewhere new maybe they come to the game or you’re more of a niche to them because you’re gonna be playing games out east and a couple of guys from our team are obviously from that area so they’re excited to go there.
”But anytime you get to go to a new location I think it always helps in recruiting.”
Michigan State has one commitment from the East Coast in the 2015 class as Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver Felton Davis is expected to sign in February. His primary recruiter, defensive line coach Ron Burton, has been working on the area to bring in more players.
“They do a great job in their high school football and they have really grown,” he said. “We have potential kids that we would love to recruit in that area, that’s for sure, in 2015, 2106, 2017 class. So that is plus. That’s why we’re going back to the East Coast.”