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Dantonio and His Staff have 2010 Recruiting Right on Track!

So there were no commitments at the Green and White game over the weekend. Michigan State is still at one commit — Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Max Bullough.


If anyone thinks it matters no one pulled the trigger on Saturday, they haven't yet learned the type of recruiter coach Mark Dantonio is. When young student-athletes visit MSU, officially or unofficially, they walk away with a few distinct impressions. The vast majority describe Dantonio as a down-to-Earth guy who speaks clearly and honestly with them. If a prospect has no chance to land with MSU, he's likely going to know that after a visit. If a kid is third on line for a scholarship, he'll know where he stands. And if the staff really covets a recruit, ala quarterback Robert Bolden, the staff will let the young man know he's at the top of their list.


But even if a prospect is by far the number one option, Dantonio and staff don't believe in pressure. The attitude from coaches, especially in this early stage of the recruiting year, is to let young men make their own decisions. When a recruit is ready to commit, it has often been said to go home and sleep on it, go home and talk to your family about it. A recruit is not just committing to Mark Dantonio; he's becoming a member of the Michigan State family.

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And making that type of enormous decision, a decision that will affect the rest of his life, is not to be done on a whim after a fun Saturday afternoon. So despite the 2010 class not growing over the weekend, the hopes for a class as outstanding as 2009 should not be diminished.


As for who just might be the next to join the MSU program, well, prognostication is a dangerous game, but someone has to do it. Mylan Hicks, of Detroit Renaissance, could be a prime candidate. The cornerback, Dantonio's position he coached before becoming a defensive coordinator and head coach, was teammates with Dana Dixon and Chris Norman, a pair of 2009 MSU commits.


And Robert Bolden, another former teammate of a 2009 MSU commit, Dion Sims, could be on line for a slot at MSU. With an offer in hand, Bolden fits the need MSU has for a QB in this class and the University if Michigan already has an in-state QB, Inkster's Devin Gardner. Bolden is drawing more national attention, from coast to coast with programs like Duke and Oregon, but the fit at MSU might be perfect. Only time will tell.