It can get even better with the crop of players slated to hit campuses for the class of 2010.
Canton McKinley's Jewone Snow is already one of the most coveted linebackers in the Midwest. The junior just started officially hearing from programs and Michigan State has made an early impression, not to mention a verbal offer.
"It went great," Snow says. "They showed me around the facilities, the new place (Skandalaris Center) they just opened up in August, I liked it."
A meet-and-greet with head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi also went well.
"Nice guys," Snow says. "They were straight with me and told me what they planned on doing with me and I liked it."
They plan on molding Snow into a productive citizen first and foremost, but on the field he'll be slated as a linebacker, although there is no current talk about which exact position.
Having relatives who went to MSU (Jewone's father also played for Michigan) has had a somewhat minimal impact on how he sees the program.
"A little bit," he says. "Them going to Michigan State made me always want to visit Michigan State. They said they had a good experience there, it was fun up there, and they were just good, strong programs, education and all those other things."
Snow is hearing from schools all around the nation, including many Big Ten teams and some from the Big 12, PAC-10 and Big East.
As for his own preferences, Snow is hesitant to say with the recruiting process so early. In the near term, Snow's headed to Columbus to see Ohio State take on Minnesota this weekend, but he wants to return to MSU soon.
"It was just a great experience at Michigan State. I liked it a lot," Snow says. "I've only visited Michigan State, but I will say they're one of my tops right now."