Going forward, I will update everyone at the end of each month with the three best things to happen to Michigan State football during the previous four weeks.
While no major sports played (although, huge congratulations to August Meekhof for winning the 2023 Michigan Amateur Golf Championship), there was a lot going on in the world of Spartan football.
3. Home run hires in recruiting
The new director of player personnel and recruiting hire Mark Diethorn hired two high-quality team members to the recruiting department.
First, Jenna Learn was hired on June 15 as the director of on-campus recruiting. She previously spent the last two years at the University of South Florida where she served as a recruiting operations and event intern, then promoted to recruiting operations graduate assistant. USF’s coach was let go at the end of 2022, Learn was set to be retained on new head coach Alex Golesh’s staff but wisely took the jump to East Lansing.
Joining Learn is Tyler Johnson in the role of director of recruiting operations. Johnson comes from Jacksonville State University where he held the job title of director of on-campus recruiting. Before that, she was at recruiting powerhouse (but on-field results outhouse) University of Texas. It’s the perfect mix of Power Five school resources while having experience with a more personable touch at a smaller school.
The wealth of knowledge that these two have while also being young enough to connect to new recruits has already paid dividends with the several high-level recruits MSU has picked up this month and should continue the momentum for years to come.