Spartans beat out B1G brethren for safety

Michigan State is ending the 2012 recruiting push with a flurry, and the Spartans on Monday beat out several Big Ten schools for safety Demetrious Cox.

Cox, a four-star prospect rated as the nation's No. 28 safety by ESPN Recruiting, picked Michigan State ahead of Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. He recently ruled out Notre Dame and Pitt. Cox made his first official visit to Michigan State on Dec. 16 and stuck with the Spartans despite receiving strong interest from Ohio State and Penn State.

Cox hails from Jeannette, Pa., and attended the same high school as former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Michigan State has developed several young defensive backs in recent years, and Cox joins a secondary that could be the Big Ten's best in 2012.

The Spartans landed two commitments during the weekend: four-star receiver Monty Madaris and two-star running back Marcus Horne. Michigan State now has 20 verbals for the 2012 class and remains in the mix for Big Ten targets like offensive lineman Kyle Dodson.