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Dominique Long pledges to Michigan State Football

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Mark Dantonio and his staff dipped into the Buckeye state and landed one of its best prospects for 2017.

The Michigan State Spartans have continued their recruiting hot streak with another Class of 2017 pledge.

The latest comes from Dominique Long, who announced his commitment Saturday on Twitter:

Long, a 6-2 189-pound defensive back from Westerville South (OH), is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and 247 Sports, while neither Rivals.com or ESPN have an evaluation on him yet. 247 has Long ranked as the 16th-best prospect from Ohio, the 27th-ranked safety, and the 350th-overall prospect in 2017.

Last week, Long attended a football camp at Michigan State and later earned his scholarship offer soon thereafter.

"They had the whole package," Long told 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong. "Great coaches with great morals, Big Ten Education, Top-notch football program with great tradition , and it's not too far away from home."

Long commits to the Spartans while holding offers from Air Force, Ball State, Ohio, Bowling Green and Navy, while Kentucky has been recruiting him. Not having many big offers from other schools has been a recent theme with MSU commitments, but it's nothing new when it comes to Spartans recruiting.

Mark Dantonio and his staff have worked tirelessly on the recruiting front to get a leg up on many rising prospects who don't hold many big offers when they commit to MSU, but eventually do and end up pretty good college players. That's also something Kentucky's staff has been good at - getting guys early who later get big-time offers - so seeing them recruiting Long is just more reason to believe Dantonio and his staff got the jump on other schools by getting Long now.

That's why the recent string of commitments from guys lacking many Power 5 offers means little, and why we should expect Long to be a great pickup for MSU.

Here are some of Long's Hudl highlights from his junior season.