Michigan State Football: 5 under the radar players

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; The Michigan State Spartans celebrate the win over the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State football has earned the distinction over the years for being one of the top programs at developing players. Mark Dantonio has turned two-star talents into NFL draft picks seemingly with ease — just ask Darqueze Dennard, Trae Waynes and Le’Veon Bell — and although he may be getting more top recruits recently, that player development won’t take a back seat.

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Dantonio has lured some of the top talent in the nation to East Lansing over the past couple of classes and his team recruiting rankings are soaring higher each and every season.

In fact, the upcoming 2016 class is ranked in the top 10 in the country, according to most major recruiting services.

Despite all of the recent success in that field, the ninth-year head coach still has some talent on the roster that has really gone unnoticed, for the most part. There are a handful of guys on the team looking to make a name for themselves in the coming seasons and if they keep progressing like they have, it will happen, without a doubt.

If there was one program in the nation that has done the most with the least amount of talent, on paper, it would be Michigan State and the veteran head coach over the past decade.

The 2015 season is right around the corner, just three weeks remaining, and it’s time to take a look at five players who will fly under the radar this season and snag ‘budding star’ status.

Everyone on the list may surprise you, but they’re all names to watch for.

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