Spartans add big time JC transfer to fold

Michigan State got a boost for its recruiting efforts which had gotten a little bit off track with the loss of recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell when they were able to gain a high profile recruit from Southern California

EAST LANSING - Michigan State found a silver lining amid a cloudy recruiting weekend when Junior college tight end Justin Tomerlin gave the Spartans a verbal commitment.

One of the most highly sought after junior college players in the nation, Tomerlin, who originally signed with the Florida State Seminoles, decided to commit to Michigan State, giving the Spartans recruiting efforts a boost.

Tomerlin said he throughly enjoyed his walk around the East Lansing area despite the chilly temperatures during the weekend.

"I had a real strict list of about 20 things that I used to make or break my decision about the schools I was being recruited by," Tomerlin told the Lansing State Journal. "MSU met everything on that list besides the weather. It's a little cold up there for a Southern California boy."

The talented 6-foot-6, 269 tight end/defensive end could step in an immediately fill the void left by the graduations of both Eric Randall and Eric Knott on the offensive side of the ball for the Spartans.

Tomerlin is also a talented defensive player. In his last two high school seasons, he recorded 40 sacks to go with 52 tackles for losses at defensive end including 59 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss and eight hurries in his senior year. He bench presses 345 pounds and his prep coach, Eric Patton timed him at 4.75 in the 40.

The move also further solidifies what was becoming a 'sliding' recruiting class. Michigan State's effort had briefly fallen into disarray with the departure of former recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell and the loss of high profile Montrose, MI recruit Aubrey Pleasant, who de-committed from MSU and verballed to Wisconsin.

The Spartans appear to have stop the bleeding and re-grouped by bringing Tomerlin into the fold.

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