Spartans add two more commitments

Michigan State is doing what they've established they do best. They are taking the junior college route to fill out their roster with quality talent. The Spartans landed JUCO defensive end <b>David Stanton</b> from their pipeline at the College of the Canyons while Ohio native Danny Fortener committed to John L. Smith from suburban Ohio.

EAST LANSING - The topsy-turvy recruiting battles continue to dizzy observers of the Michigan State football program. The Spartans have been all over the map recruiting un-committed talent from all over the prep and juco ranks with mixed success.

The Spartans finally offered and landed Danny Fortener of Ohio, a wide receiver/defensive back. Fortener told me a week ago that he really wanted to be a Spartan and was simply waiting for an offer. When it came he jumped at the chance to play in East Lansing over attending Marshall.

MSU also got a verbal from College of the Canyons defensive end David Stanton. Stanton had just returned from a visit to Oregon State where he was offered but didn't commit. He returned and settled on the Spartans.

Stanton told's Bill Seals, "It was a good visit. It opened my eyes to a couple of things, but it's not Iowa State.

Facility-wise, Iowa State is above Oregon State. Coaching-wise, it's the same. Iowa State and Michigan State have great coaches, and I love the coaches there. But I'm not as close to the coaches at Oregon State. Iowa State and Michigan State are still my two favorites after the visit."

Yesterday, Stanton gave coach John L. Smith his verbal. Meanwhile MSU is trying to prevent tight end Justin Tomerlin from re-neging on his verbal to attend MSU. Tomerlin took an official visit to Nebraska to accompany a teammate and came away wowed by the situation. He now says he's 50-50 between MSU and Nebraska. Not good.

Additionally, MSU lost out on talent Patrick Davis who instead committed to Lousiana Tech. Davis told me he simply decided not to take a visit to State after feeling at home at La.Tech. Adding insult to injury, Sarasota, FL back Mike Ford committed to Alabama before visiting East Lansing. Earlier Marques Slocum committed to crosstown rival Michigan and Darrell Hand verballed to Notre Dame.

Still, MSU is in on Bakersfield, CA defensive end Ismail Abdunafi. Abdunafi says leaving California is not a concern for him, he just wants to find the right situation. State is burning the midnight oil hoping to convince this five star prospect.

MSU is still hoping to land Pompano Beach, Ely corner Walter McFadden who visited last week. McFadden and teammate Rodney Etienne have both been offered by MSU, who appears to have seven scholarships available for this years' class. McFadden continues to put MSU in his top three and has a chance to play immediately, should he verbal to East Lansing.

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