Early Offer: Spartans sneak up rankings 

November, 8, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: Michigan State doesn’t get as much attention as Ohio State or Michigan, but the Spartans are putting together a very solid recruiting effort; is Los Angeles offensive lineman Chris Brown the hottest recruit in the country; and the Under Armour All-America Game is less than two months away.

Don’t sleep on Spartans’ class
Lost in the shuffle of Tennessee moving up to No. 2 in Wednesday's update of the RecruitingNation class rankings was the uptick of Michigan State to No. 38. Most of the attention in the Big Ten has been focused on Ohio State and Michigan’s recruiting successes, and rightfully so, but the Spartans have put together a sneaky good class. The Spartans have always had a big Midwest footprint with their recruiting classes under Mark Dantonio and this year is no different. With Illinois still struggling, MSU has gone into the Illini’s backyard and done some major damage. Center Brian Allen (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) is the fourth-best player at his position and a four-star recruit, and defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr. (Chicago/Mt. Carmel) is another four-star addition who was heavily recruited by many.