One of the benefits of Michigan State's come-from-behind 35-31 win over Penn State was the extra practices they receive permission to hold from the NCAA to prepare for the inevitable bowl bid.
So the Spartans coaching staff took advantage of the opportunity to get as many of their current committed players on campus this weekend to see how the Spartans staff operates.
Michigan State will get official visits from Fred Smith, Charles Burrell (Detroit Southeastern), Tyler Hoover (Novi), Mark Ingram (Flint Southwestern Academy), Darius Darks (Austin, TX Connally HS), Ethan Ruhland (Lake Orion), Jerel Worthy (Huber Heights, OH Wayne HS), Morgan Carter (Woodridge, VA Hylton HS) Caulton Ray (Bloomfield Hills, MI Brother Rice HS), Myles White (Livonia, MI Stevenson HS), John Deyo (Richland, MI Gull Lake HS) and Dwayne Beckford (Irvington, NJ).
Of the group, only Ingram, Darks, Carter and Beckford are uncommitted and all four are said to be on the verge of committing. Perhaps this weekend will sway the four to join the fold.
The recruits will all attend Michigan State's practice session on Saturday as well as their respective position meetings prior to practice.
The move to bring the commits on campus for their official visit is smart because the coaching staff can expose them to the way they operate and gives the recruits a chance to understand the importance of a bowl trip to seniors and their repsonsibility to play for the upper classmen and their teammates.
A secondary benefit of the move is that it builds a culture of winning. These recruits first official exposure to the University will be preparation for a bowl game, something that hasn't happened since 2003, yet for these recruits, bowl games will become expected not just wished for.
Kudos to the Michigan State coaching staff for taking advantage of an opportunity to set a high standard for incoming recruits and using it to their advantage in the recruiting wars.