Who's faster, Edwin Baker or the Flash?
Edwin Baker (2009), Skyler Schofner (2010) and MacGarrett Kings (2012) just missed the cut, but their commitments were significant for different reasons.
Baker, a major component in MSU's offense the past two seasons, chose State over Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. Remarkably gifted, players of his caliber didn't commonly go Green at the time of his selection.
He was the 57th ranked player in the country and sixth overall running back, according to Rivals.com, the top-rated member of State's best class in recent memory.
Asked why he dressed as the Flash for Halloween a few years back, Baker answered, “When you have been timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters, what other superhero is there?"
Schofner, the 6'7" offensive tackle from Sunbury, Ohio, changed his last name to Burkland in May.
More significantly for Dantonio, this 4-star recruit marks the first player from Ohio who elected not to play for Ohio State despite fielding an offer. Though his OSU offer came after he committed to the Spartans, he dragged out his decision until late in the process to give the Buckeyes more time. When Tressel and finally crew offered, however, it was too late. He stayed Green.
Despite recent offers from Auburn, Georgia and in-state power Florida State, current recruit Kings pledges to hold true to the Spartans. But why is Kings (a moderately ranked wide receiver prospect out of Florida) such a major score?
From day one he made it known "Go Green, I love Michigan State." With no family or friends connected to the university, the fascination appears to have developed out of thin air. What causes a kid from Fort Lauderdale to grow infatuated in a school 1,400 miles away in East Lansing, Michigan?
It's quite obvious Michigan State is making a name for itself on a national level.