Whether that breath comes out as a sigh or a whoop of excitement depends on what hat a Pennsylvania high school star dons at an afternoon press conference in Lancaster, PA tomorrow.
Jordan Steffy, one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks will announce his college choice at a press conference at his Conestoga Valley high school tomorrow afternoon and privately, the Spartans are expecting to land the 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal caller who will immediately become the heir apparent to red shirt sophomore Drew Stanton.
Michigan State will have to out duel Virginia Tech, Florida State and Penn State for the services of Steffy but as late as last week, Steffy assured Michigan State that they were at least equal with all the other suitors.
Steffy took an in-home visit from Michigan State coach John L. Smith on Thursday just prior to the Spartans beginning prepping for their Alamo Bowl appearance against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Smith appears to have a leg up on Penn State coach Joe Paterno who snubbed Steffy in the recruiting process until losing out on quarterback Chad Henne who committed instead to Michigan. At the point, JoePa put on the full court press to land Steffy, who politely agreed to listen to Penn State's pitch.
Sources say that the real battle is between Michigan State and Virginia Tech. Steffy is impressed by VaTech's long line of athletic quarterbacks including Michael and Marcus Vick and sees himself in that mold.
However, he also is said to like the fact that MSU spreads the football around and that his running ability would add a new dimension to the Spartan attack. Steffy has athletic ability not possessed by either outgoing senior Jeff Smoker or next year's expect starter Drew Stanton.
According to NCAA regulations, none of the Michigan State coaching staff can comment on recruits until after they have signed their official letters of intent. The Spartans will be keeping their ears close to the phone tomorrow hoping the word from Steffy will be what they expect to hear.
That would be a call that says he's coming to East Lansing.