Monty Madaris and 4-Star Safety Demetrious Cox Commit to Michigan State

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIJanuary 31, 2012

Mark Dantonio picked up two more commitments to bring the Spartans' 2012 class to 18 members.
Mark Dantonio picked up two more commitments to bring the Spartans' 2012 class to 18 members.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

There have not been many surprises this year for Michigan State on the recruiting trail, and as expected, the Spartans picked up verbal commitments from 3-star wide receiver Monty Madaris (Cincinnati, OH) and 4-star safety Demetrious Cox (Jeanette, PA) only a few days prior to National Signing Day. 

Madaris, who is the the No. 54 wideout in the nation according to Rivals.comchose the Spartans over Cincinnati on Sunday night. The Moeller High School standout also had offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska and Florida State, among others. 

"I called them giving them a commitment yesterday," Madaris said Sunday night. 

The 6'2", 190-pound pass-catcher hauled in 56 receptions, 1,137 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. 

The Ohio native should also have a great chance to see the field as a true freshman given the Spartans' depleted receiving corps due to the graduation of top wideouts B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, Brian Linthicum and Keith Nichol. 

Michigan State's 2012 class now features a total of four receivers with Madaris, fellow 3-star prospects Macgarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, PA), in addition to 4-star recruit Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, MI), who is the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Michigan. 

Cox's recruitment was much more wide open and the Spartans had to fight off Big Ten rivals Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State for his services. The nation's No. 13-ranked safety made his decision Monday night on a radio show in Pittsburgh. 

Like Madaris, the departure of All-Big Ten safety Trenton Robinson will give Cox a chance to play early if he can live up to his national ranking. 

The Spartans' 2012 recruiting class now features 18 commits and there could be a few more under-the-radar prospects that elect to continue their football careers in East Lansing on National Signing Day. 

One of the more high-profile decisions the Spartans are awaiting is that of 4-star offensive tackle and current Wisconsin commit Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, OH), who will make his decision at noon on Wednesday. 

Although Dodson has never officially de-committed from Wisconsin, there are many people who believe the Cleveland Heights standout is going to make the flip to either Michigan State or Ohio State on February 1st.