Michigan State landed arguably their biggest recruit, physically and talent-wise, since they grabbed Shannon Brown from the Chicago area two seasons ago when they got Dahlman to commit early yesterday according to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Spartans beat out Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois for Dahlman's services. The Brahman High school star said he was tiring of the process and wanted to get it over with as soon as possible. After he returned from his trip to East Lansing, he met with his parent and finalized his decision.
"The consistency from coach Izzo was the big thing with me," Dahlman told the St. Paul newspaper. "He never gave up on me. A lot of coaches didn't contact me half as much as he did."
The move is a big boost for the Spartans recruiting efforts and could sway other top players in the area to look more carefully at Michigan State. Recruits often are affected when another top player commits because they want to be on a winning team. An early commitment can lead to a domino effect.
Michigan State hopes that 7-foot-0 center Tom Herzog of Flint, MI; 6-foot-7 Raymar Morgan of Canton, OH and 6-foot-4 Leon Freeman, a shooting guard from Belleville, MI will also join the fold and form a super recruiting class but for right now, the Spartans are elated over having grabbed one of the Midwest's top prospects.