Ladies and gentlemen, Michigan State’s coaching staff is taking the week off recruiting. Don’t worry, they’re not forgetting about the nation’s top recruits, they just have something more important to attend to: The Big Ten Conference Championship game.
With that in mind. Mark Dantonio and his staff released the fake public service announcement you see above, which channels the most low-fi and old school of all announcements in letting recruits know that Dantonio and his coaching colleagues plan to be holed up in a pit somewhere in East Lansing for far too long to escape and visit with any of their prime recruiting targets. It’s worth noting that undefeated Iowa is not offering the same pre-emptive caveat … at least yet. It is still just Tuesday, after all.
The larger question is whether Michigan State missing out on time with top targets will help or hurt them in the long run. One would assume the prime time TV audience for the Big Ten title game more than makes up for lost in-person recruiting time, but when you’re competing against the likes of Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, that’s never a given.
No matter how it turns out, kudos to Michigan State for showcasing creativity in reminding recruits that they are the big winners still playing football and chasing a title, not Ohio State or Michigan.