For Mark Dantonio and Spartan Football the Program is on a Roll as he adds two more to the stable!
Hondo S. Carpenter
If you are a coach entering your sixth year at a program that was in shambles when you arrived those can be testy times.Â Â When you are Mark Dantonio they are anything but.Â With one B1G title, having played for two others, five straight bowls and a big victory over perennial SEC power to start the year things are just fine in the Spartan Nation.
Each and every day Dantonio and his coaches look over a field of athletes that are incredibly gifted and talented, in superior shape and for the first time in years there are an abundance of them.Â Even without the last group who donâ€™t arrive (Other than Kyle Kerrick) until June first.
On Monday Dantonio got word that two more high profile athletes want to join him and what he is building in East Lansing.Â The first was a young man that may end up being the crown jewel of the 2013 football recruiting class.Â His name is Shane Jones from Cincinnati Moeller high school.
Yes, that Cincinnati Moeller high school.Â The same school that produced Greg Jones the former All American and now a member of the NY Giants.Â The same school that produced current star DE Marcus Rush and incoming highly touted WR Monty Madaris.
Jones is a brutal hitter who is more worried with the tackle then the sizzle of the Sportscenter big hit.Â With offers from some of the most high profile schools in college football Jones will fit in nicely.Â At 6â€™1â€ and 222# Jones has room to grow, but speed kills and as MSU accumulates it like fat kids and cupcakes, he fits right in with the arsenal of DC Pat Narduzzi.
He is a high impact player with a great sense for the football and a football IQ that is off the charts.Â His lateral foot movement and ability to move his body side to side while facing the line of scrimmage make him an impact weapon as an outside LB.
When you are entering the season with the number one defense in the conference that certainly is a good advertisement for what you can come to MSU and do.Â Jones fits right in.
Getting a commitment as big as Jones would make any coaches day, but later yesterday afternoon Mark Dantonioâ€™s phone rang again and this time it was dual threat QB Damion Terry from Erie, Pennsylvania.Â The big 6â€™4â€ 220# Terry also pledged to a Mark Dantonio program that after the NFL draft would have put three QBs in the NFL under his leadership in Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles and Brian Hoyer.
Terry doesnâ€™t come in with as much hype as Jones, but that doesnâ€™t matter.Â The Spartans noticed that under Hoyer and Cousins, teams were not afraid in their pro style offense of a QB taking over and running the ball.Â They vowed to change that and they have with their last four signal callers now.Â Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook, Tyler Oâ€™Connor and now Terry all bring great legs and athleticism to the Spartan Nation. Starting this season teams must game plan for big QBs that will tuck the ball and run.Â It also adds another arrow in the quiver of Dan Roushar the Spartan OC who can actually call some plays as designed runs.
Terry has all of the size and athleticism to go along with a great arm to be another great MSU signal caller.Â Moments after he announced his commitment on Twitter incoming Spartan QB for the 2012 class Tyler Oâ€™Connor was already reaching out to his new Spartan brother to welcome him.
Terry is a dual threat QB (run and pass) but there is no doubt his skill set fits in perfectly in the Spartan pro style attack.Â He as a fantastic ability to make great reads and think instantaneously in tight spots.
If your Mark Dantonio it is hard for things to be better this time of year.Â Already lauded for the amazing talent he has accumulated and a 2013 class that is already shaping up to be one his best ever are only setting the stage for what could be the most magical season in decades.