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Michigan State Spartans getting hot on 2015 recruiting trail



The Michigan State Spartans are experiencing one of the better runs from a team not named Ohio State this summer, and they can thank Monday for continuing the momentum.

After landing 4-star running back Larry Scott earlier in the month of July, the Spartans added two big commitments on Monday. It meant a huge jump up the national rankings according to 247Sports, jumping 11 spots to become the No. 34-ranked class in the country and the No. 7-ranked class in the Big Ten.

First to commit was wide receiver Felton Davis III out of Fairfax, Virginia. The 3-star prospect gave his verbal pledge early on Monday.

While he may not be the highest ranked wide receiver on the national board, getting a foothold in Virginia is something MSU (and most of the rest of the Big Ten) is looking to do now that Maryland is in the conference and in the Spartans’ division.

Davis III is the No. 77-ranked wide receiver and the No. 21-ranked prospect out of Virginia. He’s also the No. 615-ranked prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

The 6’3″, 175-pound prospect becomes the first wide receiver to verbally pledge to the Spartans, and the only player committed or on the MSU roster from Virginia.

Getting on the board at that position and with that kind of player was only the beginning of a great day for the Spartans, as they also added a quality cornerback to their “No Fly Zone” defensive backfield.

Josh Butler, a 5’11”, 175-pound cornerback out of West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas), became the second player from an important recruiting state to pledge to the Spartans. In fact, he became the first player to pledge to the Spartans from Texas since Nic Foles did it in the 2007 class.

He also could be a future star for the Spartans, as he’s a high 3-star recruit and comes in as the No. 31-ranked cornerback in the country and the No. 47-ranked player in the state of Texas.

Michigan State has done a lot of winning with a lot less of the talent on the recruiting trail, so adding some vital players from key talent-rich states has to be sending a message to those around the Big Ten.

No longer is MSU just a threat in states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the rest of the Midwest, it’s becoming a nationally recognized program on the recruiting trail. Giving Dantonio access to working with that kind of talent has to be a scary thought to the rest of the conference.

The real test will be seeing what the 2016 class will look like, because it’s that class that will be affected more by the rise to national prominence that was MSU’s 2013 season. If it can continue this kind of national momentum the Spartans could become a player on the national recruiting circuit.

One thing is clear, Michigan State isn’t going to be content with resting on its 2013 laurels.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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