The 2019 recruiting class is taking shape – and it has the potential to become one of the best of the Dantonio Era. And this leads to lots of non-Michigan State football people having sleepless nights.
We know they’re out there.
We know they’ve been pretending not to be paying attention.
And we know they’ve been crossing their fingers and their toes, saying prayers at night, consulting with wizards, and using Ouija boards in their clandestine attempts to bring back whatever it was that made the 2016 season such a disaster for the Michigan State Spartans.
We’re referring, of course, to Michigan State’s rivals who have been waiting, praying, waiting, praying, waiting, and praying for the Dantonio run of success to slide into oblivion.
They all thought that slide began in 2016.
They all pretended to not be giddy with excitement as that 3-9 season rolled along.
Besides the very obvious and impossible-to-hide-from losses that season, the rivals had other things that gave them their giddy joy.
Try to put yourself into the brain of a sweatsuit-wearing, tobacco-chewing, football coachey guy in Ann Arbor or Not Very Happy Valley (or even Columbus) who’s life has been made next-to-impossible because of the way these guys in East Lansing have had the gall to disrupt their wine party they’re all been having for the last forty years.
If you’re one of those guys – the sweatsuit-wearing, tobacco-chewing, football coachey guy in Ann Arbor or Not Very Happy Valley (or even Columbus) – and the “new money” gang has been beating your face in for more than a decade despite your best (and unsuccessful) efforts to clamp them down and they soil themselves with a 3-9 season, you’re thinking to yourself, “Thank God – this is going to kill their ability to recruit against us and the stud athletes are going to come back to us because we are royalty and all I’ll have to do is call these high school kids and I’ll have the pick of the litter….”
Michigan State just completed one of the more successful recruiting weeks in memory.
The commitment of 5-star recruit Devontae Dobbs (who chose Michigan State over Alabama, UMAA, Ohio State, the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahwaks, and the #1 ranked college football program on Neptune) spurned a bit of an explosion featuring the commitment of a bunch of high school kids who have committed to Michigan State over all of the usual suspects who have been praying that the sky would fall on East Lansing.
The sky hasn’t fallen.
This week’s Spartan recruiting accomplishments establish something that is indisputable:
The 3-9 season of 2016 had zero – ZERO impact on the long term health and vibrancy of the Michigan State football program.
Furthermore, last season’s 10-3 season – punctuated by a sensational humiliation of UMAA, a resilient and nationally-recognized win at the gun over Penn State, and a throttling of Washington State in the Holiday Bowl – made it clear to the rivals that Dantonio and his band of badasses are right back at it and aren’t going anywhere.
That’s the macro look at what the last week means from the perspective of recruiting, winning football games, having an amazing football program, and being awesome.
If you’d like to dig in on the details, Allen Trieu breaks it down right here.
And sleep well, Spartans – those sweatsuit-wearing, tobacco-chewing, football coachey guys in Ann Arbor, Not Very Happy Valley (and, yes, Columbus) are not sleeping at all…
Trieu: Fletcher, Mosley commitments cap sweet recruiting week for MSU
Fletcher and Mosley’s announcements came on the heels of Bolingbrook (Ill.) running back Anthony Williams Jr. committing earlier Friday, and Chicago Simeon wide receiver Alante Brown and Euclid (Ohio) running back Brandon Wright committing on Thursday.
Fletcher (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports. He was athletic enough to earn Division I basketball offers, but has shown tremendous upside on the football field.
“He loves the game, so he works hard and that will help tremendously at the next level. It’s tough to find a guy that tall with speed.”
Fletcher played basketball in the winter and still attended football workouts with Wynns.
“He wants to be great,” Wynns said. “The progress he has made is with his technique. He’s just getting better technique-wise, but he is listening because he wants to be good.”
Mosley, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect, chose Michigan State over Michigan, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Cincinnati, Boston College and more.
He caught 43 passes for 867 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago for West Bloomfield.
“One thing that makes (Mosley) special is his love for the game. He truly loves the game of football,” West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy said. “Another thing is that his football IQ is off the charts. He is a kid who can move and play every position and be effective because he understands every position and understands what we’re trying to attack.”
The Spartans now have 16 verbal commitments in their 2019 recruiting class.
Of all the newest commits, Wright was the one fans and media seemed to least expect and know the least about. But put on the film and you will see a 6-foot-3, 215-pound running back breaking long runs and running through contact.
Oddly enough, Wright was not Euclid’s starting back last season but still ran for 500 yards and showed the talent to play at a high level. He also held an offer from Pitt.
“They had a really good running back who was a little guy, but this kid is good,” 247Sports’ Bill Greene said. “The good thing about Wright is that there is still a lot of tread left on the tires because he has not been beat to death like some high school running backs.”
“He could pay off big time for Michigan State, and this is a good pickup for the Spartans,” Greene said.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.