Appling, who made no secret of his love for the Spartans during his freshman and sophomore high school seasons, said after receiving offers from Miami, Oklahoma, Dayton, Michigan and several other schools, he was growing weary of the recruiting process and was happy to make his commitment to the Spartans' coaching staff with his mother by his side earlier today.
"It feels good to get this out of the way, this is where I wanted to go from the start so I felt I might as well get it over with.
"Me and Mom talked about it and we decided to go ahead because this was the place I wanted to be," he said.
Appling said that MSU assistant coach Mark Montgomery along with the staff of head coach Tom Izzo, really helped him to feel comfortable with the idea of being a Spartans and that he hopes to learn much more from the coaching staff.
For MSU, Appling fits perfectly as the point guard in the 2010 class. MSU doesn't look as if it's going to take a point guard in the 2009 class, having already landed Appling's teammate Derrick Nix and Ohio power forward Garrick Sherman. With the 6-foot-2 standout now in the fold, MSU hopes to add to the backcourt with an outside shooting guard.
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