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Mark Dantonio has done a great job of restoring the Spartans' football program and making it relevant within the Big Ten, but he's always going to be at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting, if only because of where MSU is located.
Dantonio has to compete in a region that boasts the likes of the University of Michigan and Ohio State, which essentially makes MSU the third option for big-time recruits.
The level of difficulty has arguably increased for MSU now that their two big rivals have excellent recruiters at the helms of their programs as well.
Some would say that Brady Hoke is one of the best recruiters in the country at Michigan, and there's no denying how good Urban Meyer is as a recruiter, and now he's the head man at Ohio State.
Dantonio has built a solid program, which is a credit to him, but it's not going to get any easier moving forward as both Michigan and Ohio State climb back to the top of the Big Ten.