Perhaps Tom Izzo waited too long and put the integrity of the 2013 recruiting class in the hands of Jabari Parker.
Perhaps Tom Izzo was so sure that he would land Rivals.com's No. 2-ranked prospect that padding the class with other solid recruits was an afterthought.
After all, getting Parker would be the ultimate score. Others in the same group would have essentially been no-name throw-ins to round out a roster.
Parker chose Duke after being considered a heavy Michigan State-lean. After that, it was case closed—no more recruiting news came out of East Lansing. Nothing that compared even remotely to news of Parker, that is.
At this point, Izzo doesn't have one 2013 commit. For some, that'd be cause to worry, but Izzo has proven in the past that he can pull rabbits out of a hat when needed. Remember, Gary Harris was the latest addition to the 2012 class, nearly a year later than Matt Costello, Kenny Kaminski and Denzel Valentine.
Using SpartanMag.com, VerbalCommits.com and 247Sports.com as go-to sources, we'll examine the timeliness of Izzo's recruiting and grade him accordingly for this year's upcoming class.
He'll have to pull a few strings, which, at this point, seem to be connected to a trio of modestly rated prospects: Jerron Martin, Thomas Hamilton and Gavin Schilling, according to VerbalCommits.
It's not all doom and gloom for Izzo and Michigan State; the lack of 2013 prospects could be a forecast of heavier classes in 2014 and 2015.