If so, that depth might be embodied by Eric Sproal, a 4-star interior o-line junior college prospect from Santa Ana, Calif.
Sproal, who still hears regularly from MSU and characterizes their recruitment of him as "pretty strong," says he could see himself in green and white as a "three in three" transfer, meaning he'd have three years to exhaust his three remaining years of eligibility.
Before finding himself at Santa Ana, where he says he has had a chance to mature significantly, Sproal was at Fresno State. The pressure and change caught up with him, so Sproal took the JC route, and has little regret. Now he's being courted by programs like Michigan State
"It's a great football school," he says of the Spartans. And they are at the top of the list in terms of teams that are recruiting him.
"The top one is Michigan State right now," he says. "They're high on me and how I compete."
After MSU, he ranks, in order, Tennessee, Tulsa, Hawaii and TCU. Most tell him they'd like to see game film after the first few weeks of games this fall before they offer. So there is plenty of time for PAC 10 teams like UCLA and Oregon, programs that Sproal says interest him the most, to step up to the plate with a scholarship.
Whoever lands Sproal will get an instant boost to their offensive line. He runs a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash and considers himself a gym rat who benches 330-pounds, power cleans around 300 and squats nearly 600.
"I work really hard in the weight room," he says.
The 2009 recruiting class, which is filling up quicker than anybody outside the Duffy Daugherty Football Building could have imagined, already boasts the likes of center and guard prospects Nate Klatt and Micajah Reynolds. Blake Treadwell, a standout center in his own right, also plays defense and gives the class some positional flexibility.
Scholarships for 2009 are tight, with a likely three to five left, so Michigan State has the luxury of taking things slow as they mine the nation for talent. And in the uncertain world of college football, who knows -- by the time December rolls around, when Sproal will likely transfer, another scholarship or two could open up. (Think Nick Foles and Connor Dixon.)
A true offensive tackle is on the staff's to-do list, for sure, but depth is always an issue on the o-line. The men in the trenches will wave goodbye to 8 players currently on the depth chart within two years. And with Ray still recovering and having an uncertain future, a solid argument can be made to stock-up on players like Sproal.
Will the Spartans opt for instant depth on the offensive line? Stay tuned to GSN for more on Sproal and other Spartan recruits.