Michigan State recruiting to-do list recap: What the Spartans accomplished during November

November was as quiet a recruiting month as Michigan State will come across for quite some time.

No one committed. No one de-committed. Up until Sunday, Michigan State focused primarily on its season and could not meet prospects face-to-face outside of campus. As the calendar turns to December, recruiting should get a bit more active. After all, the first early signing period for college football begins Dec. 20.

But before we move ahead, let’s take a look back at this past month and how Michigan State did in regards to our to-do list from the start of the month.

3. Build for the future

Michigan State used its final two home games to ensure that it not only hosted rising young talent from within the state, but that it welcomed underclassmen from around the country as well. We haven’t seen the fruits of those visits yet, but it’s all about establishing a relationship that will grow as time passes.

And once the regular season ended, Michigan State got to work hitting the road, meeting with coaches, watching practices and extending offers to 2019 prospects. The Spartans seemed to be focusing on defensive linemen and defensive backs, and a lot of the action took place in Georgia, which has become a top recruiting destination for coach Mark Dantonio’s staff.

2. Keep everyone committed

No problems there. Michigan State entered November with 18 players committed to its 2018 class and a pair of 2019 classes. Those numbers remain the same, and none have shown notable signs of wavering. The classes rank 29th and 19th nationally, respectively.

Michigan State has lost one formerly committed member of the class. Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar wide receiver Joseph Scates, a 4-star senior in the 247Sports composite ratings, reopened his recruitment just over a month after he closed it. Since then, the Spartans have kept everyone firmly committed.

1. Land top targets

Here’s the other side of the coin. While Michigan State didn’t lose any commits, it didn’t gain any either. And when the Spartans welcomed several out-of-state players for official visits, they must have hoped it would yield commitments shortly afterward. The longer these prospects wait, the better chance there is that the excitement of the visit will fade.

It’s nothing to get up in arms about, though. Michigan State only has room for a few more recruits in its 2018 class. It has several more months to find them. Heck, if all goes well in the weeks leading up to the early signing period, maybe the Spartans will have finished up the class before 2018 even comes around.

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