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May 11, 2009

MSU football recruiting

Receiver Tony Lippett (6-3, 185) of Detroit Crockett last week became MSU's second verbal commitment for the class of 2010, joining linebacker Max Bullough of Traverse City St. Francis.

   Some have noted (panicked?) recently that MSU had many more 2009 commitments by this time last year. And they're right. Six big ones came in rapid succession in February and March of '08 -- Edwin Baker, Larry Caper, Chris Norman, Andrew Maxwell, Blake Treadwell, Donald Spencer. And MSU had 14 commitments before the 2008 football season started.
    But if you're familiar with Mark Dantonio's style, you realize that the 2009 class was likely an aberration to some extent. The approach is heavy on homework (lots of unofficial visits if possible, multiple chances to watch a prospect play, in games and at camp) and low on pressure. That should often result in later commitments than some schools get, along with fewer decommitments.
    MSU remains "in on" several top 2010 prospects, including Detroit DE William Gholston, Ohio LB Jewone Snow, Detroit CB Mylan Hicks and Orchard Lake St. Mary's QB Robert Bolden.
    Shortly after MSU's one-day senior camps (June 12 and July 11), the Spartans likely will get more commitments. That's usually how it works. But I still think the 2009 season will have a gigantic impact on how the 2010 class looks in February.
    Immediate playing time availability is shrinking at MSU, because Dantonio has recruited three good classes. So now MSU must prove the positive momentum on the field is going to continue. The more winning, the more top guys who are willing to come and wait to play at a place that now has stability and facilities in its favor.

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