Spartans Could Give Up To 19 Scholarships

Michigan State is off to a flying start in its recruiting efforts. With thirteen commitments already in hand, most thought that the Spartans would only take three more players and end up with sixteen total.

CHICAGO - Michigan State is off to a flying start in its recruiting efforts. With thirteen commitments already in hand, most thought that the Spartans would only take three more players and end up with sixteen total.

However, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, speaking at the Big Ten meetings, told GSN that isn't necessarily the case.

"That's a tricky question," said Dantonio. "So, I would say around sixteen, seventeen, eighteen or nineteen," he joked.

"I don't know. It's tight. We have needs at certain positions but we'd rather have it that way than say we've got twenty five to give and we still can't fill our eighty-five quota."

Dantonio explained the squeeze in scholarships that has occurred.

"What's happened at Michigan State since we've come is that we've had very few players leave. Normally, when you have a new coach come in you have quite a bit of attrition. I think Michigan lost twelve players or something (like that). So wev'e had very limited amount of that and that's a positive thing," he said.

Indianapolis Bishop Luers linebacker Tyquan Hammock is the latest edition to the MSU 2009 recruiting class, but with several talented players still interested in the Spartans and a few players leaving the program, Dantonio may be able to squeeze two or three more into the class.

He confirmed though, that MSU will be near or at it's limit of scholarship players.

"We'll be at eighty-five (scholarship players) or eighty-four," said Dantonio.

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