The strategy worked to perfection as the consensus is that MSU has the third best recruiting class in the Big Ten and certainly its best one in years. MSU grabbed seven of the top 10 players in the state. Watch for the Spartans to build and expand on the blueprint in the future.
For instance, linebacker Christian Norman of Detroit Renaissance was the first commitment and he acted as a virtual "recruiting coordinator" for the team, getting talented players in his circle to look at the Spartans. MSU nabbed another linebacker, Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Max Bullough - who hails from a longline of Spartans - as the first commitment of the 2010 class.
%%MATCH_20%% State head coach Mark Dantonio told GoSpartans.net's Garrett Jackson at State's 2009 classes introductory press conference that the team has "only offered a select few players" early in the process of building toward National Signing Day 2010.
One of those players is Austin White of Livonia Stephenson.
After grabbing such talented backs as Edwin Baker of Oak Park and Larry Caper of Battle Creek Central, the Spartans will likely take just one running back in this class. They'd love for it be the super talented White, who is already ranked a four-star prospect by Scout.com, but it won't be easy, %%MATCH_18%%, %%MATCH_21%% and %%MATCH_19%% are in on White.
Defensive end William Gholston of Detroit Southeastern is another player MSU loves. He'll be one of the most highly sought after players at 6-foot-7, 245-pounds because of his ability to rush the passer, a skill that is hard to come by at the collegiate level. MSU has also offered linebacker C.J. Olaniyan of Warren Mott.
Others who are likely to be in the Spartans wheel house are tackle Dionte Savage of Flint Southwestern, Tremondae Branch of Flint Carman-Ainsworth, linebacker Austin Gray of Warren Fitzgerald, safety Daniel Easterly of Detroit Cass Tech and quarterbacks Devin Gardner of Inkster, Robert Bolden, Jr of Orchard Lake St. Mary and Joe Boisture of Saline.
MSU recently offered wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis of Indianapolis (IN) Pike, and will likely be in the hunt for Jordan Hicks, a four-star linebacker from West Chester (OH) Lakota, a tactic that fits well into their strategy of emphasizing in-state players, and then recuriting a few key players from the Best of the Midwest.
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