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@TomLuginbill What was Michigan State on your forecast say 3 or 4 year ago?
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If you are asking what we felt they would be on the field based on their recruiting efforts I would say probably about where they are. Not only have they developed players, but they have had to play with very few true freshman so they have been able to bring players along at a very reasonable pace. This is a huge luxury in today’s game that not every program has anymore. They have also been the beneficiary of a poor conference the last couple of years which has enhanced their status. I have been a bit perplexed by what we feel is an inaccurate portrayal of the type of player they have on their roster. There seems to be this notion that their roster is made up of all two- and three-star players, which isn’t true. In the 2010 class, they had two four stars (Gholston and Bullough) and 10 what we deem to be high level three stars (grade 77 or above) out of 21 signees. In 2011, they had two four stars and nine high three stars out of 21 signees. They had four four-stars and eight high three-stars out of 22 signees in 2012, and in 2013 they had six four-stars and two high three-stars. Their current class has six four-stars and six high three-stars. The reality is the Spartans have very good players.