The low attrition rate in his program, the consistent recruiting of that program and the accelerated process at large has afforded Mark Dantonio the chance to be very selective with signing day, which is just more than two weeks away.
“We’re not looking for many guys,” Dantonio said Friday of the 2015 class, which is why much of the effort now is getting a jump on 2016 — for example, offering 2016 defensive end Khalid Kareem of Farmington Hills Harrison.
When signing day for the 2015 class arrives Feb. 4, the Spartans likely will have a few more added to the 15 players currently verbally committed. This has been a big visit weekend for the Spartans, though most of the official visitors are commitments.
One exception is linebacker Anthony McKee of Columbus (Ohio) Marion Franklin, who reportedly is visiting MSU this weekend and deciding among MSU, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and others.
A big key, said Curtis Blackwell, MSU’s director of college advancement and performance, is staying in touch with the verbal commitments and making sure they remain solid. He said other schools continue to recruit several of MSU’s committed players.
MSU still is after McKee and others, and late discoveries are possible. With Mark Snyder recently joining his staff as linebackers and special-teams coach, Dantonio said it “might be possible” for MSU to get involved with some of the players Snyder was previously evaluating as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. But MSU seems to have things in order on the recruiting trail already.
“You feel a lot of momentum,” Dantonio said. “(We’re the) only team in America to win (BCS and Power Six) bowl games (the past two years). So that’s a positive. Two top-five rankings, that’s a positive. You need to be able to build on those things. Should give us confidence as a football program as we move into the future and also pay dividends in recruiting.”