With last week’s hectic signing day over, you would think that most coaches can now kick back and start making their plans for spring practice. Think again. The Michigan State Spartans are just one example of a program already focused on the class of 2010. From the Detroit Free Press:
While many teams were hosting recruits on official visits last weekend, MSU coach Mark Dantonio and his staff were hosting many of the top juniors in the state at a Junior Day function. The Spartans welcomed more than 150 football prospects from across the Midwest.
Not all of the prospects are necessarily Division 1 recruits. Dantonio believes in developing relationships with high school coaches and players throughout the state. With that being said, several of the top recruits in the state of Michigan were on hand last week.
The article makes two very important points. One, college coaches are already making decisions on the 2010 class. The majority of their scholarship decisions will be made very soon. Recruits need to start working to contact schools earlier than ever before.
The more relevant point for the majority of recruits is the fact that Michigan State coaches are developing relationships with high schools even if they aren’t very interested in a particular recruit. It illustrates why hopeful recruits simply cannot close doors early in the recruiting process. Building relationships with as many schools as possible is vital if you want to have numerous options. Focusing on one particular division or type of school could leave you in a bind later on!