After the sanctions handed down to the Penn State football program, schools will have their chance to land more talent from the Pennsylvania area.
Michigan State is doing just that.
Now that the state is completely wide open for recruiting, the Spartans have reached in to Pennsylvania in the their recent recruiting class to land a plethora of talent.
Most recently Milford, Pa., lineman Brandon Clemons and Pittsburgh tight end Paul Lang were part of the 2011 class, while Jeannette, Pa., defensive back Demetrious Cox and Coatesville, Pa., receiver Kyle Kerrick both signed letters of intent in this year’s class for MSU.
MSU also has commits from Erie, Pa., Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry and Downingtown, Pa., East receiver Jay Harris for its 2013 class.
MSU has a leg up on many other teams in the Big Ten with their recent success. Players from Pennsylvania will want to go play in East Lansing unless they are a diehard Penn State fan who always wanted to play in Beaver Stadium. With the opportunity to play in a bowl game or conference title game gone, recruits will start to look elsewhere. The Spartans are making sure they’re the first and last place they look.
After Penn State lost a few players from a top 20 2013 recruiting class, MSU has expressed interest in 2013 Penn State linebacker commit Zach Bradshaw. The Spartans are right where they want to be if he changes his mind.
Penn State will likely start to miss out on prospects in the Pennsylvania area. The Spartans are making sure they strike while the iron is hot in landing top talent.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.