The big topic this week has been Oregon’s ability to attract high-level recruits because of its association with Phil Knight, founder of Nike. Yes, having a billionaire alumni who has unlimited access to some of the coolest-looking gear is a huge advantage, but MSU has its own famous alums who can use their businesses and connections to attract Michigan State football and basketball recruits as well.
Magic Johnson and Mat Ishbia do a good job of being the faces of MSU alums, but money can only take the school so far. We need to get services involved.
Here are four Michigan State University alumni whose businesses can help the Spartans.
The famous director attended Michigan State for three semesters before dropping out to film the iconic zombie film The Evil Dead. He went on to huge fame after directing the original Spiderman films with Tobey McGuire, which all three movies held the record for highest-grossing superhero films until The Dark Knight was released. He’s recently directed the newest Dr. Strange movie, another successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
With this kind of connection, Michigan State administrators and athletic departments need to be in contact with Raimi and have him help recruit athletes. What 18-year-old wouldn’t want to be an extra in a Marvel movie? Every recruit that commits to a Spartans team can either meet a Marvel superhero, be an extra or tour a set during a day of filming.
The next time he directs or produces an Evil Dead film, we could see Nick Marsh in full zombie makeup. It might even give the players who are not fortunate enough to play at the next level to peek into what could become their next chapter, like Delvon Roe.