February 6, 2008

Spartans meet recruiting needs with in-state talent

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio and his coaching staff officially announced their second recruiting class Wednesday at the Duffy Daugherty football building.

The 21-man class is heavy on in-state recruits and players from Dantonio's home state of Ohio and laid another big building block in a process that has a goal of reaching the Rose Bowl in the coming years.

"This is an outstanding class of people," Dantonio said, "of character, quality individuals. Athletes that will play at the highest caliber and guys that expect to win championships here. I talked to Charles Burrell this morning and I asked him one thing, to look down at your feet right now, to look down at your feet. He looked down there and I said just imagine those feet playing in the middle of the Rose Bowl, because that's where they will be within four of five years from now. And I can also promise every other person who comes here that will happen. That will happen. I truly believe that."

Michigan State recruiting coordinator Mark Staten echoed Dantonio's feeling about the class.

"I think it went great," said Staten. "We got outstanding individuals, outstanding players."


Of the 21 players that the Spartans signed, 13 are from the state of Michigan. That large number of home state players is a direct result of the staff emphasizing the need to take care of their own back yard.

"Coach Dantonio and this staff have made a commitment to this state," Staten said, "and to the high school coaches in this state that we're going to recruit their kids."

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