3. Michigan State Spartans
5* players: 0
4* players: 5
3* players: 16
Can we please stop with the “little engine that could” mentality when thinking about the Michigan State Spartans program? If winning the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl in back to back years won’t do it for you, how about playing with the big boys on the recruiting trail as well.
Michigan State finished third in the Big Ten team rankings by 247Sports and also happened to be one of four teams with more than three 4-star recruits in the league as well. So please, spare me the “Michigan State is a developmental program” routine. These guys are part of the big boys on the recruiting trail too.
In 2015, the Spartans were No. 22 nationally and one of just three Big Ten programs to be in the Top 25. Does that scream developmental program or another level on the recruiting trail to you? In fact, many would argue they’ve become the Oregon of the Midwest, finding some top-notch athletic talent and not caring so much about the star ratings. All while also noting they’ve really become a player when it’s all said and done.
Leading the way was 4-star running back Larry Scott (No. 6 RB) and twins David (4-star safety) and Andrew Dowell. The twins were recruited by nearly ever power team in the Big Ten, and while they were committed to many programs, they ended up in East Lansing when it was all said and done.
This class is the second-straight top 25 class by the 247Sports rankings, so don’t feel too bad for the poor Spartans anymore.