Future Spartan Leader

During a trip to East Lansing Monday, Larry Caper talked to the Spartan head coach about a potential leadership role for the Green and White throughout his collegiate career.

Last week, GSN broke the news that Battle Creek Central star running back Larry Caper told Michigan State coaches he would play for the Green and White. That commitment gave the Spartans another high quality student-athlete in an impressive start to the 2009 recruiting class.

Monday afternoon, Caper, along with his mother and father, visited head coach Mark Dantonio to make the commitment official. The trip was postponed until after the weekend because of a Dantonio family get-away, plus, meeting on Monday made it possible for Caper's family to join him for an official commitment, something the Caper said was important.

"It was hard to get my mother and father up there at the same time," he told GSN last night. "Monday was the best time for all of us to get up there."

Caper was receiving overtures from schools all around the nation, but chose the Spartans because of the coaching staff and his comfort with Michigan State.

"Other then just football, social life, academics, and spiritual life, I felt Michigan State was a place where I can grow as a person," he said. "It's a big weight off my shoulders. Now that I know where I'm going to go to school, I can just live, have fun my senior year, and go from there."

At the meeting on Monday, the future Spartan tailback and Dantonio briefly discussed pigskin, but also talked about Caper's roll on the team once he joins the Green and White. "We talked a little bit about football," Caper said, "but we also talked about my social life and how he sees me as a leader."

The Caper commitment may have come as a surprise to some Spartans fans because Michigan State also has a commitment from Scout.com five-star running back Edwin Baker (Oak Park). However, a pair of talented backs seems to fit the Spartan's smash mouth ground game.

"(Dantonio) sees a two back system between Edwin and myself," Caper said. He witnessed what two talented backs can do in this coaching staff's offense last season when Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick combined for over 2200 yards and 27 touchdowns.

The addition of Caper to the 2009 recruiting class solidifies the Spartan backfield for years to come and also continues MSU's recent success recruiting the Midwest's top prospects. Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Caper throughout his senior season.

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