Michigan State Football: 5 most intriguing freshmen

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio during warmups before the game against 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

Mark Dantonio is building something very special in East Lansing and everyone around the Big Ten is starting to take notice. Besides putting together four 10-plus win seasons in five years, the ninth-year head coach is luring some of the nation’s top recruits to the program with his winning attitude and honesty.

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When you listen to recruits, even uncommitted guys, talk about Michigan State, you always hear about the family atmosphere, comfortability and honesty of the coaching staff. Probably 90 percent of the time, the coaching staff is brought up by the recruits when talking about positives for MSU.

That’s the difference between Michigan State since 2007 and the Spartans of years prior to that. The Michigan State football program has evolved under Coach D and it will continue to do so as long as he’s in charge.

The 2015 recruiting class is already on campus and competing in fall camps, scrimmages and practices, impressing coaches left and right.

Newcomers are a welcome sight for MSU football, but rarely do they get the opportunity to have an instant-impact strictly because the Spartans always have a ton of depth from the year before looking to step up in departing players’ absences.

However, there are plenty of opportunities for some freshmen to have an impact this year as there are holes on the team that need to be filled at running back, linebacker and wide receiver.

Let’s take a look at five freshmen who are the most intriguing and who could have the biggest impact on MSU football this fall and for years to come.

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