Rough Start To Season Increases Weekend's Importance For Recruiting

Kyle FeldscherContributor ISeptember 29, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Blair White #25 of the Michigan State Spartans runs for a first quarter touchdown in front of Morgan Trent #14 of the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It’s MSU-UM week, a vital time for the team to show what it’s got on the field and salvage the last two months of the season.

However, it’s also a vital weekend for recruiting.

Three recruits are making official visits this weekend, including Storm Johnson, a four-star running back recruit from Georgia. This weekend will be a great opportunity to show East Lansing at its pulsing best, with tailgates on every street, a packed (and rowdy) Spartan Stadium, and, hopefully, the best performance the Spartans can put out on the field.

There will be many other recruits making unofficial visits this weekend as well, many of which are considering both Michigan and Michigan State among their top choices.

It cannot be understated how much this weekend means, not just for the current team on the field, but future teams as well. A 17 or 18-year-old kid might be basing his final decision on this game.

If the rumors are to be believed on various recruiting sites, Keith Mumphery, listed as an athlete from Georgia, could offer his verbal commitment to coach Mark Dantonio during his visit this weekend. Mumphrey has run a 4.43 40-yard dash and should bring some much needed speed to MSU should he attend.

Who knows what these kids might be doing this weekend, but there’s a good chance they’ll be seeing campus at its craziest time. Every other year, East Lansing is flooded with former students, fans, Michigan students and fans, and people from various other schools looking for a good time. These are the types of weekends that give MSU its reputation as one of the elite party schools in the nation.

Let’s just hope our recruits don’t get mixed up in any of our good fun.

The past two recruiting classes have really established MSU as a recruiting force in the Midwest. With two Georgia prospects visiting this weekend, a good impression is needed to start gathering in players from the athletically-superior southern states.

After the last three weeks, some of the most trying times for MSU fans since 2006, it’s vitally important the Spartans make sure they come out as the state’s top team again. After a full year of goodwill and solid vibes emanating out of East Lansing about this program, this was always going to be a huge game to keep recruiting momentum going.

The rough start of the season has only amped up the pressure.