The only mistake MSU made was not scheduling the series earlier.
Make no mistake, this series was signed with recruiting in mind. MSU can saunter into a place where they've recruited well - the state of Florida, a hotbed of talent - and likely come out of it with a win.
Every team that wants to win consistently must have a recruiting presence in Florida. The state consistently produces some of the nation's top prep playes along with Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Now MSU needs to complement the series by playing a home-and-away series in the state of Texas. Don't even think about UT, but tab Texas Tech, TCU, Rice or Baylor. The key is to be seen by recruits in that state and have the game offset the home-and-home series with USF.
What I mean is that when play at USF, host a Texas team and vice-versa. Smith is likely to sign a contract extension if he goes above .500 this season, something the presence of a healthy Drew Stanton almost assures. Lowell, MI recruit Keith Nichol, along with solid prospect Connor Dixon, should insure that the transition from Stanton will be a smooth one.
The way to keep the high profile recruits coming is to be seen as a successful squad in their backyard. Signing USF was a smart move, now let's see if we can get Rice to sign on the dotted line.