The 2010 Michigan State Spartans recruiting class numbered 21 players from five states, including 11 from the state of Michigan when head coach Mark Dantonio announced it inside of the Skandalaris Center on February 3, 2010.
Spartan Digest takes a look back at a class that ranked No. 31 back in 2010 but would see six players taken in the NFL Draft.
There is no mistaking the stars of the 2010 class looking back were a pair of Scout two-star prospects in running back Le’Veon Bell and defensive back Darqueze Dennard.
During his three years wearing the Green & White, Bell would become the power back Mark Dantonio’s offense needed ending his career with 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. A second round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has already rushed for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns his first two seasons in the league.
Like Bell, Dennard cut his teeth early in his Spartans career playing in six games with two starts. The Georgia native did miss five games due to injury and missed two games as a sophomore. However, as a junior the leader of the ‘No Fly Zone’ would win the Jim Thorpe Award and help the Spartans win a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl before being selected in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The biggest disappointment of the class was U.S. Army All-American Bowl quarterback Joe Boisture of Saline, Michigan. A Scout three-star prospect, Boisture earned four-star marks from some off of summer camp performances and was to provide depth at quarterback, something the Spartans had lacked since Dantonio took over the program. While Boisture didn’t play in the All-American game due to injury, his early arrival on campus gave many hope he would at some point earn his spot under center. However, herniated disks in his lower back and getting stuck behind Kirk Cousins and Andrew Maxwell saw him decide to end his Spartan football career.
When you add in the number of games this group of players helped the program win along with the number of players in or headed to the NFL you can see why looking back this group left a lasting impression on the program as a whole and earned a grade of “A+” from Spartan Digest. Outside of those drafted, some have found opportunities in the NFL as well. Injuries like the one suffered by Skyler Burkland and Niko Palazeti took them off the field too early but overall the class produced big results.
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