We haven't had much recruiting stuff since Mike left for Scout, but with the win over Michigan being one of the biggest recruiting weekends in a long time, and MSU having a bye this week, it's a perfect time to take a look at how things are shaping up.
Fresh off the big win, Dantonio headed down to Detroit with his head up high and wearing a Detroit Tigers jacket.
"I always feel good going down to the city of Detroit," Dantonio said. "There are always people that are excited to have the head football coach of Michigan State in Detroit. So, I put on my Tigers jacket and I went on down there."
Saturday's win seemed to really be the final stamp on just what Dantonio has built at MSU. To defeat Michigan for the fifth time in six years and to physically dominate a program that wants to be physical was a statement. Couple that with what will likely be the fourth nine-win season in six years, people took notice.
From Detroit MLK's WR coach
From Cass Tech's defensive coordinator
Coach Dantonio is one of the coaches who is good for Football! Stands behind what he says! Recruiting at Cass is changing.— jermain crowell (@JermainCrowell) November 7, 2013
I'm still a Michigan fan but other teams are working harder and I can see the change.— jermain crowell (@JermainCrowell) November 7, 2013
In regards to things changing around Cass! No head coach has ever visited for as long as Dantonio was there yeasterday. Schools are working!— jermain crowell (@JermainCrowell) November 8, 2013
True freshman OT Dennis Finley is MSU's first Cass Tech kid in more than a decade, and MSU has a 2014 commitment from linebacker Deon Drake and 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell. Dantonio has finally changed that stigma, and he's still working on it.
MSU reportedly is in good standing with a lot of the state's top 2015 players, and Curtis Blackwell's work has been very obvious.
Speaking of Detroit, ESPN has a detailed story about kids in Detroit, focusing on Campbell. You should read it. We all know the struggles of Detroit, and football is a chance for a lot of these kids to get out. It's sad, but it's also inspiring to read what these high school coaches do to help the kids.
Spartan Mag has a good rundown of the guys Dantonio was visiting in Detroit. At Cass Tech, running back Mike Weber and defensive lineman Joshua Alabi. At MLK, linebacker Tyriq Thompson and some 2016 and, yes, 2017 kids. At Southfield, defensive lineman Malik McDowell, offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor. And at Oak Park, athlete John Kelly.
Spartan Digest put together a bunch of reaction posts from the game.
Florida defender T.J. Harrell is former Spartan Jeremy Ware's cousin and graded his visit as an A. Not surprising, the defensive performance stuck out. He doesn't plan to make a decision until February.
"I can absolutely see myself in that defense," he said. "The type of defense they run is exactly what I want to run. They do a lot of man and they blitz a lot. They also disguise a lot of their coverages and it's kind of like the defense I'm in right now."
Virginia receiver Jamil Kamara has MSU in his top four along with Wisconsin, Pitt and Virginia, and he loved all the fade routes MSU was throwing. He plans to announce at the Army All-American Game in January.
2015 Northville offensive lineman David Moorman is hoping to get an MSU offer. He's visited a few times already and loved everything about the visit, including taking in basketball practice. I want MSU to get him simply so I can call him Moopman. The card says Moopman.
"I had never been to a rivalry game before and I was at Ohio State the week before and this was 10 times better," he said. "The intensity of the stadium and the intensity of the fans, it was awesome. The game was awesome. Michigan State rolled over Michigan, which usually is good to see. The atmosphere was insane. It was just a crazy and a great time."
2015 Cincinnati lineman George Brown has a huge offer list, including MSU. He visited the game with some high school teammates. His family has a connection to the MSU coaching staff, with MSU previously having recruiting his older brother, and Brown's father played high school ball with Harlon Barnett.
You can see how MSU's commits fared this past weekend here.