MSU landed Detroit Renaissance linebacker Chris Norman who committed to the Green-and-White over the weekend.
Norman, 6-foot-2, 220-pounders gives MSU the prototype Percy Snow type linebacker they've craved to put in the middle of what they hope will one day be one of the best groups of linebackers in the Big Ten.
The junior has already been the center of '09 attention, getting nine offers already Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State, Miami- OH, Ohio, Toledo, Purdue and Cincinnati. He recorded an astounding 97 tackles as a junior for the Phoenix, including seven sacks and five forced fumbles.
Norman talked about how he was recruited by Michigan State and what swayed him to commit early. "Michigan State came to the school and said I got an offer. They invited me up there, so that's where I'm going tonight," he told Scout.com's Allen Trieu on January 16.
"I'm going to their basketball game."
Norman visited and liked what he saw enough that when he got back home and sat down with his family, he called the coaching staff and made his commitment.
There appears to be little chance of Norman suffering a case of 'senior-itis' the dreaded "disease" where players coast, resting on laurels already achieved.
"I model my game off Ernie Sims. He's really fast and explosive. When I watch the Lions, I usually key on him, monitor him and try to improve my game," said Norman.
With that kind of intensity, Michigan State has grabbed a winner in a player who appears headed for three or perhaps four-star status.
The versatile junior projects to the middle linebacker or weak side linebacker position at the collegiate level.