OPINION: MSU Likely To Continue Talent Search

Michigan State was able to grab highly rated quarterback Nick Foles, who could give senior Brian Hoyer some competition for the starting job this fall, almost two weeks after 2007 National Letter of Intent Signing Day had passed.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State will be very happy to received faxed National Letters of Intent from 21 players today, but in our opinion, Michigan State will likely continue to recruit and look for talent in the weeks to come.

Michigan State was able to grab highly rated quarterback Nick Foles, who could give senior Brian Hoyer some competition for the starting job this fall, almost two weeks after 2007 National Letter of Intent Signing Day had passed.

A player who looms is Cleveland Glenville's Dawawn Whitner who expressed interest in Michigan State to GSN yesterday. Whitner looks like an impact player on the defensive line, but his favorite Ohio State isn't likely to have any scholarships and two others on his top five, Illinois (26) and Minnesota (31) may not either.

MSU could also mine the junior college ranks where they so successfully found the likes of Devin Thomas (Coffeyville, KA) and Jonal Saint-Dic (Hudson Valley CC). There are still plenty of four star JUCOs who remain uncommitted and in search for a place to play their collegiate ball.

The other option is the Spartans could pocket the remaining scholarships and go for a "knocks their socks off" 2009 and who could blame them?

With some big time running backs in the state of Michigan (Larry Caper of Battle Creek Central Teric Jones of Detroit Cass Tech and Hershey Jackson of Allendale) and many of the top players in the Midwest having MSU on their early lists, Dantonio and Company could decide to pile up on skilled players in 2009.

But here's betting that MSU brings one or two more players into the fold before the start of spring practice. Last year's addition of Foles was a home run. Here's hoping that they can be just as successful in the shoulder recruiting season.


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