We look back at a few key things from the process that brought the Spartans the members of the 2013 recruiting class.
Michigan State would sign four prospects ranked by FOXSportsNEXT.com as four-star prospects at their positions.
Jon Reschke, Shane Jones, Damion Terry and Dennis Finley left lasting impressions during last summer and throughout their senior years. Not only did each player show the physical ability to play at a high level, each showed they could also play as members of a team by playing huge roles in winning state championships this past season.
Mark Staten pulled in a recruiting steal with Jones as the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Jones has the frame to add weight without losing his quick first step and ability to give offensive linemen nightmares.
FEBRUARY & JUNE PAY OFF BIG
The Spartans got off to a fast start last February by getting pledges from four of their signees in the 2013 recruiting class then followed up during camp season with four more pledges. With eight out of their 18 recruits done in these months shows the importance of Junior Days and on-campus camps.
SPARTANS RECRUITER OF THE YEAR
This was a hard one to name as four coaches were in the running for our top honor. However, after going over all the info we've made the decision to name Co-Recruiters of the Year for the 2013 class. Defensive back coach Harlon Barnett helped bring in four-star linebacker Shane Jones and keep the pipeline from East Lansing to Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller High School flowing. Barnett also pulled in Gerald Holmes, Trey Kilgore and Devyn Salmon.
We also have to recognize the efforts of Mark Staten and Brad Salem over the past year. When you combine the numbers all four coaches brought together they were responsible for 14 of the Spartans 18 recruits (78%).
HERE AND NOW
It is no secret the Spartans will be giving running back Gerald Holmes plenty of reps when he arrives in camp with the departure of Le'Veon Bell. Holmes may not be as big as Bell, but he's got speed to go with a frame capable of taking the pounding expected out of a Spartans back.