Michigan State Recruiting: Spartans Load Up at Skill Positions

Benjamin HermanCorrespondent IIFebruary 2, 2012

New Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge
New Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge

The dust has begun to settle from what has been yet another frantic National Signing Day. While the top of the recruiting class rankings include the usual suspects (Alabama, Florida and Texas to name a few), the Michigan State Spartans have nothing to be ashamed of on this day.

On the surface, the Spartans appear to have the third-most celebrated recruiting class in the Big Ten—behind only Michigan and Ohio State. The Spartans are ranked 41st overall on rivals.com, trailing Purdue (35th) and Iowa (40).

However, that has to do with the smaller class Michigan State is bringing in. Also the fact, that the Spartans are still awaiting a signed letter of intent from wide receiver Monty Madaris.

Where the Spartans seemingly made the biggest splash is at the playmaking positions—namely wide receiver and defensive back. Beginning in the defensive backfield, Michigan State landed safety Demetrious Cox, a four-star recruit out of Pennsylvania. Cox was also considering Big Ten powers like Ohio State and Penn State. The Cox signing was profiled earlier by fellow Bleacher Report writer Ian Berg.

Joining Cox in the already loaded Spartans' defensive backfield are cornerbacks Ezra Robinson from Sarasota, Florida, Jermaine Edmondson from Canton, Ohio and safety Mark Meyers from Toledo, Ohio. Each of these incoming defensive backs are three-star recruits along with Cox, and will join a Michigan State secondary that may already be the best in the Big Ten. 

Those Spartans' fans worried about what the departures of wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin will mean to Michigan State's offensive production, may have to find other areas to place their concerns.

The Spartans signed three wide outs (four when they received Madaris' signature). Four-star recruit Aaron Burbridge from Farmington Hills will officially don the green and white next fall—as will Kyle Kerrick (three-star recruit, 6'3", 183 lbs) and Macgarrett Kings Jr. from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Kings is a 5'11" speed-machine whom Coach Mark Dantonio compared to the departing Keshawn Martin. The Spartans will also add DeAnthony Arnett, a transfer from Tennessee.

Assuming Madaris eventually signs with Michigan State, the Spartans can boast one of the most impressive recruiting classes in the Big Ten. While there were no five-star recruits and just a handful of four-grabs, it is well documented that Dantonio and his staff have a way of turning middle-of-the-road recruits into high-powered collegiate stars and bona fide NFL prospects (Jerel Worthy, B.J. Cunningham, Le'Veon Bell).

There is no reason to believe Dantonio and his staff won't have the same kind of success with the class of 2012.