- Bill Conley
For the second year in a row the Great Lake State has eight four-star players. The big difference this year is that in the Class of 2009, nine of the top 10 players in the state lined up on the offensive side of the football -- led by running back Edwin Baker (Michigan State). In comparison, the 2010 class has two defensive players -- a defensive end and a defensive back -- at the top of the heap. There is, however, plenty of offensive skill talent among the elite players in the state, including two very mobile and athletic quarterbacks. All four of Michigan's best are in the ESPNU 150.
In terms of recruiting, the state of Michigan has long been Big Ten territory. As a matter of fact, 18 of the state's top 20 players have committed to Big Ten schools, and the other two are undecided at this point in the process.
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With a commitment from top prospect Vernon Gholston, Michigan State is thriving in recruiting its own territory, writes Bill Conley.