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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Early Offer: Rose opens doors for MSU

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Michigan State has never recruited top-10 classes but has produced on the field, but now more doors might open for it with the Rose Bowl victory; Kansas State’s loss is about to be UCLA’s gain; and it’s been a good few days for the Florida Gators’ 2014 class.

Expect more Spartans recruiting success

Michigan State has never burned up the recruiting rankings, as Mark Dantonio has always recruited his type of players, regardless of how many stars the prospect has. This season the Spartans have the nation’s No. 38 recruiting class, a group featuring solid players at a number of positions but only two in the ESPN 300. However, a number of Spartans assistants believe more opportunities with elite players might be created by their Rose Bowl victory.

“We've had the reputation inside the Midwest and people are fired up to see us, but as you go out further the Rose Bowl victory will have a big impact,” Spartans linebacker and special teams coach Mike Tressel said. “I think in terms as the actual kids we sign, it might make a difference for one or two guys, but it'll probably impact the next couple of years more than anything.”

Tressel's right. With 19 commits already on the books, look for the Rose Bowl to help the Spartans on the trail with the 2015 and 2016 classes.

Bruins making move on QB

Quarterback Aaron Sharp (Houston/Summer Creek) pledged to Kansas State in late June after originally committing to Utah and having a change of heart. Part of the reason for the switch from the Utes was because he wanted to stay closer to Houston. But after months of remaining solid, an offer from UCLA two weeks ago has him thinking about another reversal. He now says distance from home isn’t a factor and he’s trying to find the right fit. Sharp is scheduled to visit Los Angeles this weekend and says a commitment to the Bruins might not be far behind.

Holley huge for Gators

Will Muschamp has had a good week. Over the past seven days, Florida’s head coach has been able to flip three ESPN 300 prospects who were committed to other schools. The latest occurred Wednesday when the No. 51 prospect in the country, defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln), switched his pledge from Penn State to Florida.

“At Florida, I already had a great relationship with the coaching staff, so it made it an easier decision," Holley said.

The pledge pushes the Gators to the No. 7 spot in the ESPN class rankings.