It’s hard to imagine that Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio just wrapped up his 11th recruiting class at Michigan State this past Wednesday. The previous ten seasons for MSU under Dantonio have been among the better runs in program history, a combined 90-42 record. However, recency bias will allow those to raise questions after a disastrous 3-9 campaign.
More often than not, Dantonio has done well with his relatively ‘under the radar’ recruiting classes, taking them from average to above that and some. Given that Michigan State has to compete with the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame and in-state rival Michigan when it comes to recruiting, it speaks volumes to the success he has had, and Spartan fans are hoping this year is no exception.
In all, 23 players have signed their national letter of intent to play at Michigan State come next fall. Here are five who could be making an impact starting in Game 1.