Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans are already considered a heavyweight entering the upcoming 2013-14 season by just about anyone who's anyone in the world of college basketball analysts.
ESPN's Dick Vitale likes what he sees when he looks at the perennial Izzo-led powerhouse, dubbing this year's edition as possibly the best ever (h/t Mike Griffith of MLive) at Michigan State in an interview with WXMI-TV.
That sentiment could be debated, but if the Spartans want to have the same expectations come 2014-15, they have to take care of business during the current recruiting period.
Michigan State has a strong foothold when it comes to landing a few of the 2014 class' biggest names. Already in pursuit of the likes of Jahlil Okafor, the country's No. 2 player, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings, the Spartans stand secure on at least a couple of highly touted prospects for their next collection of talent.
If Michigan State secures the commitment of Okafor, the top-rated center of 2014, it could easily be considered a national title contender for 2014-15.
But Okafor isn't the only guy who Izzo has eyes for.
The storylines are thick with dramatics, so pay close attention to this slideshow, as it'll make a few things clear on what and who to watch for during Izzo's "other" season.
*Unless noted otherwise, stats and information are courtesy of 247Sports.