He has wisely used the abundant talent in the midwest region as a base of activity. But this year, Dantonio has moved into a region he knows well, the fertile talent ground of South Carolina and is looking to take some of that talent away from Clemson and South Carolina and bring it to East Lansing.
Dantonio was a three year letter winner at the University of South Carolina where he played defensive back from 1976–78. He also earned his bachelor's degree from South Carolina before beginning his ascent up the coaching ranks.
Michigan State has extended four scholarship offers to players from the Palmetto State starting with five-star defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill South Pointe. (watch video footage below article)
Scout.com's South Recruiting Director Chad Simmons said of Clowney, "(He is the) top defensive end in the country because of his explosiveness and size,"
No doubt, as he registered 144 tackles, 23 sacks and 29 quarterback hurries. He is believed to hold over thirty offers including from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, UCLA, South Carolina, Tennessee and many others.
The offered teammates (running back) Demetrius Williams and (safety) Zeph Grimes from Bamberg Ehrhardt. They got a solid response from Grimes who is planning to visit East Lansing for MSU's next junior day.
Williams rushed for 1,458 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 223 yards and 3 scores after a breakout sophomore season where he rushed for 1,734 yard on 207 attempts and scored 20 rushing touchdowns.
Grimes recorded 18 sacks as a edge rusher and 80 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three picks. He is a safety who packs a whallop when he hits. Not only can he hit, he also has pure speed, running a 4.5-40 time.
With the Eli Broad College of Business in East Lansing, Flowers, who wants to be a business major and run his own fast food restaurants will likely be interested in getting to know how MSU could prepare him for a career in the NFL or in the business world.
GoSpartans.net will keep an eye out to see how interest develops in these players for Michigan State.
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