Room for Two at MSU?

Larry Caper recently said the Spartans were "high on my list." GSN caught up with the standout running back from Battle Creek Central after a weekend visit — and verbal commitment from fellow stud RB Edwin Baker — to Michigan State. Where do the Green and White now stand in the recruitment of Caper? Read on to find out.

The question on many Michigan State fans' minds after the Green and White secured a verbal commitment from a top in-state running back Tuesday was: Where does that leave Larry Caper? Before his visit last weekend, Caper said Michigan State was "high on my list." Has that changed after Oak Park RB Edwin Baker's announcement?

"Is Michigan State high on my list? To me, I want to commit, but I just want to string out the whole process, make sure everything is crystal clear, make sure I make the right decision," Caper said. "If the deadline was next week, I'd go to Michigan State, even though Edwin Baker's committed there."

The Spartan coaching staff is making sure nothing is left to chance and contacted Caper right away.

"I talked to (tight ends coach Mark) Staten (Tuesday.) He wanted to make sure I was still good with everything because Edwin committed," he said. "That was pretty nice of them."

When asked about potentially playing alongside a high-caliber back like Baker, Caper referred to an arrangement Spartan fans know quite well.

"We have different styles," he said. "I'm more of an all-purpose back, he's more of a slasher. We could have a combination of backs, like (Javon) Ringer and Jehuu (Caulcrick). If I do end up going there, we'll just have a running back duo like them."

The weekend visit itself only improved Caper's perception of Spartanland.

"It was laid back — most Junior Days are rushed," he said. "It just opened my mind a little more." Caper made the trip with his mother, who he said felt at ease in East Lansing.

"She liked it a lot. She's a real spiritual person, so she felt pretty comfortable with the people there and the coaching staff, more importantly with coach (Mark) Dantonio."

What stuck out the most to Caper and his mother when it came to their visit with Dantonio?

"He told me he wanted to have a long relationship with his players," Caper said. "He said he doesn't want it to be just about football, he wants it to be about the relationship that he has with the players. So he wants to — 15 years later — still have a conversation with them like he did 15 years ago."

Although he's unsure of the dates, he says he'll be back at Michigan State in the near future to participate in another Junior Day.

And when the time comes, Caper says he plans on majoring in physical therapy when he enrolls in college. If it's at Michigan State, he knows he has the full support of the Spartan community, from head coach to support staff.

"That's something that stuck out," he said. "The trainer said he'll help anybody interested in the medical field, so I liked that."


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