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Monday, January 26, 2009
Spartans put final touches on stellar class

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Several things stand out about Michigan State's recruiting class, the first of which is plainly obvious.

Barring a series of busts, this will be the Spartans' best recruiting haul in quite some time.

The class currently stands at 22 members after the recent additions of offensive tackle Henry Conway and outside linebacker Denzel Drone. Michigan State has addressed nearly every position on the field and loaded up at offensive line (five commits), linebacker (five commits) and wide receiver/tight end (five commits).

Perhaps most important, the Spartans will add a pair of running backs in Edwin Baker and Larry Caper, both of whom might compete for carries right away. Michigan State failed to develop a back behind Javon Ringer this season and needs to fill a major void there (nation-high 370 carries).

The local flavor of the Spartans' commitments also stands out. Drone, a Floridian who committed during the weekend, is the first Michigan State commit not hailing from Big Ten territory. Michigan State has 12 in-state commits and seven from Ohio, a state Mark Dantonio has recruited for years.

In contrast, Michigan State's 28-man class of 2005 had more than half of its members (15) coming from non-Big Ten states.

I never get too high on recruiting because the bust quotient simply is too high, while several Big Ten teams always get more from supposedly inferior talent. But Michigan State certainly looks like a bright spot for the Big Ten heading into national signing day.