The Michigan State Spartans have an absolutely integral visit coming up when five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams—considered to be the second best player in the 2012 recruiting class by 247Sports—comes into town to watch the Spartans take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
According to Laura McKeeman of Scout.com, Adams will be in East Lansing this weekend:
Adams has his next visit scheduled and he says he's intrigued by what Michigan State might offer.
"I'm going to Michigan State on Saturday for an official. Yea, I'm a little excited. It should be a good time. I'm not sure if Michigan State will be in my top three yet."
While the allure of the SEC is generally too much for elite prospects to pass on, it can be argued that Michigan State is the better spot for Adams.
Head coach Mark Dantonio is slowly but surely building a very good football program at a school that is mostly known for its dominance in college basketball, and it all starts on defense for him.
His defense is aggressive, fast and athletic, and he relies on it and a strong power running attack to win him games.
Sound familiar SEC fans?
At 6'4'', 310 pounds Adams is an absolute stud prospect. He's obviously big, but he couples that with great speed and quickness for his size. His first step is incredibly fast, and he excels at getting penetration through the interior of the line.
Playing for Michigan State would make a ton of sense, as their defense most resembles an SEC school's product. Not only that, but Adams would have a chance to be the featured defensive star in the Big Ten.
He could dominate smaller, less physical offenses than what he'd see in the SEC, and he'd have a shot to be a bona fide super star in the Big Ten, instead of just one of many great defensive players in the SEC.
It might seem counterintuitive for a big-time prospect to choose Michigan State over an SEC school, but the fact that this makes sense goes to show you how far the Spartans have come.
The importance of this visit for Dantonio and the Spartans cannot be overstated. A good impression could completely change the recruiting landscape and Michigan State's place in the pecking order.
It's generally accepted that the biggest and best prospects in the nation end up going to SEC schools. Schools like Alabama, Georgia and LSU provide great fanbases and game-day atmosphere, top-notch competition and a big stage as well as a pretty straight shot to the NFL.
MSU Over SEC?
While the Big Ten is certainly prestigious in its own right, its schools haven't been able to hold a candle to SEC competition as of late (go re-watch the 'Bama vs. Michigan game for proof), and that's hurt the conference when it comes to recruiting the best prospects in the country.
If Adams were to choose to commit to Michigan State, he could single-handedly change that perception and perhaps start a movement of rejuvenation for the Big Ten.
Michigan State is the place to be for the five-star defensive tackle. The kicker here is that MSU is a great fit.