March 5, 2010

V-Cast: Landing Thomas creates serious momentum

EAST LANSING - One day after showing up at a Michigan State basketball game wearing Spartan gear Detroit Renaissance star Lawrence Thomas, believed by some to be the nation's No. 1 linebacker in the 2011 class, halted the recruiting process by selecting Michigan State over a host of college football powers. staffer Rico Beard, who has had his finger on the pulse of the Thomas recruitment since the Spartans began recruiting the dynamic linebacker, was not surprised that Thomas put a halt to the recruiting process. Renaissance coaches had informed Beard that Thomas was growing weary a near constant barrage of phone calls and text messages from football coaches coast to coast jockeying for his services.

Before Mark Dantonio and his staff were able to put the Spartan football program back on a solid foundation, the state's top players routinely left for other Big Ten programs or other power conferences. Players like Ronald Johnson and Joseph Barksdale as well as Nick Perry nearly chose the Spartans over USC and LSU when they were high school seniors in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Since that time, however, the Spartans have managed to keep most of the state's top players home.

Thomas continues that trend. The commitment of Thomas gives Michigan State the consensus No. 1 recruit in the Great Lakes State for the second consecutive year.

In the latest V-Cast, Beard and fellow staffer Paul Konyndyk break down the recruitment of Thomas and discuss the factors that led to his decision to become the second commitment in the Spartans' 2010 recruiting class.

Beard and Konyndyk also discuss the potential benefit that a commitment Thomas could have in attracting other top recruits to Michigan State. Thomas is close friends with a number of top recruits from 2010 including several prospects that Michigan State has high on its wish list. Thomas is already actively recruiting several of his talented peers on behalf of the Spartans. Thomas is close with a number 2011 standouts including Saginaw star DeAnthony Arnett, Grand Blanc standout Justice Hayes, and Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's star Doran Grant.

If any one of those above players were to follow Thomas' lead, the Spartans could be on their way to a slew of early recruiting victories similar to 2009 when Michigan State received early commitments from players like Chris Norman, Edwin Baker, Larry Caper, Andrew Maxwell, and Blake Treadwell.

Those early commitments in 2009 set the foundation for a recruiting class that was ultimately a consensus Top 20 group.

If you are unable to watch the V-Cast embedded in the text above, click the link below for commentary on the Thomas commitment.

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