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Recruits flocking to Izzo's Spartans

Aug 12, 2010, 2:34 AM EDT

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Wanna play for Tom Izzo? Take a number.

Michigan State snagged its fifth verbal commitment in the last 12 days when Bay City, Mich., big man Matt Costello agreed to play for Izzo’s program. That means every MSU roster spot it filled for 2011 and 2012. (And this is after securing a Top 11 class for 2010.)

Izzo’s always had talent, but this is above and beyond, even for him. Spartans beat reporter Joe Rexrode says he’s never seen this many recruits – and high-level ones at that – commit to Michigan State in such a short span.

No kidding. That’s a recruiting bonanza even John Calipari would envy.

Here’s Michigan State’s prospect rundown, profiles and rankings from

  • Kenny Kaminski (committed July 31) is a 6-7, 180-pound wing from Ohio who’s a 2012 prospect.
  • Branden Dawson (Aug. 4), is a five-star, 6-6, 200-pound small forward. He’s the prize of MSU’s 2011 class.
  • Travis Trice (Aug. 4), a 5-11, 160-pound guard who’ll provide depth I the 2011 group.
  • Denzel Valentine (Aug. 9) the 6-5, 205-pound Lansing product is a 2012 prospect who’ll probably be rated as a four-star prospect.
  • Matt Costello (Aug. 10), a 6-8, 210-pound forward who’s described as scrappy and a good passing big man. He’s also a 2012 prospect.

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  1. Jim Moran - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    When a man of integrity makes a commitment, the way he did;
    other (young) men of integrity will commit to him.

  2. Randy Gollay - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    I thought Coach Izzo was close to retirement…with Northwestern coach penciled in as replacement

  3. Unhappy Boilermaker - Aug 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    This kid Dawson was a shoe-in for the Boilermakers and all of the sudden he’s a Spartan?? What gives? Sounds like MSU may have deeper pockets than some of the other Big Ten schools?

  4. DCSpartylaw - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Really Unhappy Boilermaker? How about Dawson chose MSU, because he knows he practically guaranteed a Final Four appearance with the talent stockpiled in East Lansing, and has a legitimate shot at winning a national title? How about because he gets to play for a future Hall of Fame coach, and play at one of the most elite college bb programs in the country? Yeah, because everyone knows that Izzo is like Calapari (cough cough)…. Get it over it, and move on.

  5. Rob - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Randy is baked. Izzo just turned 55 and has a solid 10+ years in him all at MSU. Get used to MSU basketball being at the top for the next decade!

  6. jeff - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Dear Unhapppy Boiler. Not only is MSU the cleanest program in the Big Ten..and probably the country. Their graduation rate is always among the top 10 in the nation. Tom Izzo has been to SIX Final Fours in TWELVE YEARS. He doesn’t have to recruit anymore. Kids are lining up to come to the school. Izzo is also the President of the National College Coaches Association. I don’t think he’s going to be put in that position if his reputation were even ‘remotely’ in question. Dry your eyes little man and stop pouting. You lost a recruit to a better program. Get used to it.

  7. hook 'em horns - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    gotta love izzo…great guy with some humility, seemingly…i wish he’d kick coach k’s snooty behind..don’t mind seeing msu win it all, but duke–ick…watch-out for my horns…one of these years

  8. Denver-Illini - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Have to respect Izzo!! He’s a class act coach!
    Rob- Some of us other Big 10 fans would be shocked to not see MSU at the top.
    Illini Fan in Denver.

  9. Quonset Hut - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    “I thought Coach Izzo was close to retirement…with Northwestern coach penciled in as replacement”
    NU’s Bill Carmody is three years older than Tom Izzo.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    maybe he just wants to go to a final four

  11. MSU Man - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Wow, this board is chock-full of idiots.

  12. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Sure, MSU paid for Dawsen…come on. Taking the classiest coachin America and because he lands a recruit 4 hours away from home he is dirty. How about 6 final fours in 12 years, Top 1-2 pre-season national ranking…no other school in the country is close. Hold an opinion, but don’t share it if it is simply garbage.

  13. GO UM - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    I am a UM fan who would love to just remember what this feels like. Izzo owns the Big Ten – We used to want to see MSU go down hard, but now we are just watching – and dreaming of what this feels like. Oh well, I would take second place in the BTen hands down for our club this year and a chance at the NCAA.

  14. spartanric - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Dear Unhappy Boiler:
    Tom Izzo has been in on Dawson almost as long as Painter.Tom has been sitting beside coach Painter at Dawson’s games.He has had more sucess than Painter. He has been winning for the last 14 years. This kind of sucess in recruiting comes with longevity and success.How many final fours has Painter gone to? How many times has Painter turned down millions to coach a pro team? How many times has Painter publicly stated that he will be at Purdue for the remainder of his career. Izzo hates cheaters. He had a total disdain for the cheating he knew was going on at Michigan in the late 80’s and early 90’s but couldn’t prove.To state he is cheating means you know nothing about Tom Izzo. I wish Purdue sucess. I think you have a very good coach and a great program.We have lost our share of big time recruits close to home too. Shane Battier,Chris Weber,Tractor Trailer, and Jon Horford to name a few.Izzo was in on all of them before the coaches of the teams they eventually went to. But when you lose on a recruit it doesn’t have to be because someone was paid off.

  15. mrballer24 - Sep 10, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    webber was paid off. he would have gone to msu if michigan boosters didnt line his pockets

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