June 16, 2012

Pennsylvania well-represented at MSU 7-on-7

EAST LANSING - When Mt. Lebanon tight end Paul Lang and Delaware Valley defensive tackle Brandon Clemons signed in 2011, Michigan State ended a streak of four consecutive classes without a recruit from the talent-rich state of Pennsylvania.

Michigan State's recruiting presence in the state has grown steadily since that time. Much of the credit for the Spartans'success in the Keystone State should go to veteran recruiters Dave Warner (Eastern Pennsylvania) and Mark Staten (Western Pennsylvania).

Back-to-back 11-win seasons has enhanced Michigan State's reputation in Pennsylvania.

"Michigan State is one of the top programs in the country and one of the best in the Big Ten," said Ayo Fap, the coach of Team Swag, a travel team featuring some of the top public school talent in Pittsburgh. "Coach Dantonio is definitely someone that everybody respects in the Pittsburgh area and coach Staten does a great job recruiting the area. He was in the running for a lot of guys last year and he landed Demetrious Cox, who I thought was one of the top three players in Pennsylvania if not the top player from the state last year."

Team Swag brought a group of 20 players to Michigan State's 7-on-7 passing camp including a large contingent of highly-regarded juniors.

Aliquippa's Dravon Henry, who is getting looks as a running back and defensive back, and his high school teammate Jaleel Fields, a defensive tackle, have received heavy attention from college recruiters. Ricky Rogers is another junior that has drawn the attention of several BCS Conference programs.

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