It struck me that this post is another example of Michigan State making inroads into Ohio with their recruiting. And it appears that they are increasing their emphasis on Ohio. Their coaching/player connections to Ohio will continue to make them the most formidable opponents in the Big Ten. The challenge is to identify our needs and recruit the best players in Ohio who "fit" with our program regardless of rating, complementing them with high quality, out of state recruits, just as Coach Meyer and his staff are doing.
However, Michigan State is developing a track record of success recruiting in Ohio, even if not always the most sought after Ohio recruits, and, effectively developing some of them into college level talent. This has become a most consequential rivalry, but one that we should continue to dominate, as we recruit higher level talent both in-state and out of state.