Caper's Soft Verbal Sends MSU Fans Into Tizzy

Caper carried 182 times for 1,473 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging an eye-popping eight yards per carry. He also caught three balls for 24 yards out of the backfield.

EAST LANSING - Don't look now, but Michigan State is setting up for a super 2009 recruiting haul. After getting a soft verbal commitment from Battle Creek star running back Larry Caper, Michigan State now has five early commitments all from top-15 players in the state.

Caper himself said it best when he told GSN's Joe Torok, "(Michigan State is) the team to watch out for.

"When you bring a group of great athletes together on one field, you can do amazing things. You can take average athletes and bring them together and make a heck of a team. But if you bring all of us together, we should be pretty good."

Pretty good indeed.

Michigan State is also on the verge of two more commitments GSN has learned, from players also in the state's top-25, and we will be monitoring the developments.

Seldom has MSU gotten this kind of momentum this early. The talk in message boards all over Spartan Nation is how MSU's running game should thrive with both Caper and highly regarded Edwin Baker of Oak Park both in the fold for the Green-and-White.

While comparisons have been made between the recently graduated Jehuu Caulcrick and Javon Ringer, some believe this duo could and will be even more explosive.

Caper carried 182 times for 1,473 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging an eye-popping eight yards per carry. He also caught three balls for 24 yards out of the backfield. His breakout game came against Kalamazoo Central when he carried 27 times for 311 yards including a 62 yard scamper to carry the Bearcats to a 47-18 romp.

He also had games of 238 yards rushing against Portage Northern and 190 against Lakeshore.

Caper will team with four-star recruit Edwin Baker, who rushed for 1,295 yards eight touchdowns on 113 carries while splitting time with senior Joevall Hoesay.

There is no question that the two early commitment is sparking talk of a resurgence for Michigan State football in the Big Ten and possibly an old-fashioned George Perles "We knocked their socks off" recruiting season.

Say it slowly, "Baker and Caper, Caper and Baker." No matter how you say, it sure sounds good to Spartans fans right now.


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