Michigan State football: 3 reasons Spartans may benefit from 2020 cancellation

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3. MSU can focus on recruiting, building brand

If there’s one thing that the staff has made a serious priority, it’s recruiting. Mel Tucker has instilled the idea of “recruiting every day” within his staff members’ minds.

While it hasn’t quite paid off yet in the 2021 class, the Spartans did get hot on the recruiting trail in April and May but things slowed down in June and have been quiet, outside of a Jake Renda pledge, in July. The class has about 10-12 spots still open and there are major targets left on the board, but if there’s no season, the staff can continue to focus on the 2021 class.

Moreover, the projected 4-5 win season that Michigan State was likely to have wouldn’t hurt recruiting. Tucker could continue to sell hope to his future players and even if a season is cancelled, in-person recruiting could resume which would help even more.

If you’re a recruit who sees a coach is serious about putting in an effort on the trail and who is selling some major hype at a program that’s had plenty of national success over the past decade, you’d be silly not to give him a serious look.

The staff could focus on recruiting the 2021 and 2022 classes if games don’t happen this fall.