Michigan State entered national signing day looking to make a splash in the Big Ten conference. In the past few seasons, Mark Dantonio has done an amazing job turning around the Spartan program and returning them to the top of the Big Ten ladder.
The Spartans have pieced together winning teams on the field, but recruiting is a place where the Spartans have not typically topped out the conference. Today, things appear to be changing. Demetrious Cox made his decision known this morning, and it was Michigan State.
The Spartans were in a battle for his signature with Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. Notre Dame was also in the mix for his signature.
Cox is an athletic and rangy safety who seeks out contact and has the chance to be special at Michigan State. He has the talent to make it on the field immediately, especially on special teams.
The biggest concern that the Spartans may have with Cox is his top end speed, but his aggression and ability to constantly surround the football should squelch those concerns. Cox will have the chance to add a good bit of bulk to his frame and could become an elite safety by the time he is finished at Michigan State.
The bigger picture here is not just the stud safety that the Spartans have landed, but the ability for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans to pull recruits from the traditionally strong Big Ten teams. The Spartans may be on their way to entrenching themselves in the Big Ten top tier for quite some time with signees like Cox.
Recruiting is the life blood of these programs, Dantonio knows that and is working to ensure that Lansing becomes the new hot destination for recruits in the Big Ten. Michigan State should be very excited by the quality of player they are receiving in Cox and the tenacity that the Spartans staff has shown this recruiting season as they have plowed their way into top-tier talent.