Michigan State Football Enjoys Recruiting Frenzy


Let the good times roll! Michigan State football has enjoyed a week of great recruiting. Over the past few weeks the team has 12 verbal commitments for 2016, keeping the program in good shape for the next few years. The most recent commitment was offensive lineman Gavin Cupp of Leipsic, Ohio.

Cupp is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the nation and 247Spors.com ranks him No. 54. He’s the second offensive lineman to commit to MSU since Thiyo Lukusa of Traverse City announced he’ll become a Spartan on Wednesday.

Let’s just recap the crazy few weeks for Michigan State.

So far, the team has commitments from, safety Demeric Vance out of Detroit Cass Tech. Verbal commitments from defensive back Austin Andrews out of Columbus, Ohio. They also have commitments from linebacker/safety Jonah Morris out of Akron, Ohio.

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Other notables for MSU include running back Abdul Adams from Washington, D.C., offensive lineman Matt Allen out of Hinsdale, Illinois, linebacker Joe Bachie out of Berea, Ohio. The team also managed to snag receiver Cameron Chambers out of Sicklerville, New Jersey, tight end Noah Davis out of Cincinnati and receiver Justin Layne out of Cleveland.

This is no doubt one of the best classes Michigan State has seen in a long time. Scout.com has Michigan State’s class ranked No. 8 while 247Sports has MSU at No. 10 and Rivals.com puts the team at No. 11.

With the success of this class, what does this mean for the program and what does it say about Mark Dantonio?

To simply answer the question it means coach Dantonio’s system is working and the Spartans will be a threat in the Big Ten for the next few years. But, it goes a little deeper than that.

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  • Since taking over MSU’s football program way back in 2007 and having a slow start, Dantonio has won four consecutive bowl games (2011-2015), consistently producing one of the nation’s best defenses and has kept the team in NCAA FBS Top 25 over the past four seasons.

    It also gives the team and their coach the recognition and respect it still does not get.

    The success of this class means the team will at the very least be in the conversation as one of the upper echelon teams in college football. This class also provides depth at positions that saw some of its best players go to the NFL. It’s a bit premature to say these recruits are the next Trae Waynes, Tony Lippett and Taiwan Jones it gives Spartan fans a sense of security that the program is going in the right direction. It also opens the door for top tier recruits in the future.

    It never hurts that four of the 11 recruits had offers from Ohio State and Michigan.

    Other potential targets for the Spartans are safety Kenny Lyke from Palatine, Illinois, who will announce on May 22 and MSU are considered the favorites for him despite having offers from other big name schools.

    Another target is defensive end Austin Robertson out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Robertson is set to announce on June 7 and it is believed he is leaning towards choosing the Spartans.

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