The upside for MSU from U-M’s big recruiting weekend
If you follow recruiting, you know what happened Saturday. Yup, that other school reeled in six four-star commitments … in a single day. Add in two more Sunday.
Unprecedented? Yes. Historic? In a way. Nice for Michigan fans? Very much so. Devastating for MSU fans? Not at all.
In fact for MSU, there are and will be positives that result from Saturday.
Michigan State has its junior day next week and now, the picture of the class of 2013 is a bit clearer for the Spartans. Offers will go out to more prospects early in the process, giving MSU ample time to reel in those players.
If the six players that committed to Michigan yesterday and two Sunday waited months to do so, MSU can’t offer as many players who might be in the next spot on their board.
Which, in reality, can make all the difference in the world. A player MSU could miss on by not extending an offer early enough now could end up a Spartan because of the knowledge of who they are no longer in on.
The offer sheet will surely change for MSU in the next week, primarily when recruits visit next weekend — and it should be very fun to watch.
Keep in mind, only three of those eight players that committed to U-M had MSU offers (Wyatt Shallman, Chris Fox and Kyle Bosch), but others likely would have received them eventually. The only one, in my opinion, that MSU had a real shot at was Bosch. Bummer. Oh well.
Don’t press the panic button, there is a lot of talent out there. Even in-state talent.
An offer already is out to offensive tackle Riley Norman (Cadillac), who is monster and rumored to be an MSU lean.
Offensive guard Cameron Dillard (Canton), who does not have an offer at this time, will probably get one very soon.
That door opening could be a result of this weekend and the haul brought in by Brady Hoke — which he really needs to bring in because of a lack of depth at many positions.
So, while Hoke is picking up some recruits, MSU already has talent at those positions ON THE FIELD and waiting in the wings. Think about the redshirt of five-star 2011 linebacker Lawrence Thomas, while partly because of injury, he has four years of eligibility remaining. He was part of a class in which all but one player redshirted.
That’s great depth. So, here we are talking about the class of 2013, meaning the earliest any of these players can see the field is the fall 2013, if they ever do. Football games are not won in February, they are won in the fall and on the field.
And if you can remember one thing: Dantonio is an incredible evaluator of talent. He will get the players he wants, at the position he wants, and they will be the best fit for MSU.
If you want to believe MSU cannot reel in the big five-star prospects, be my guest, but you have to agree with this: Whatever they are doing is working — and working very, very well.