The Buckeyes' solid road victory on Saturday over Michigan State now has them back in the mix for a playoff spot. Not only did the major media and football fans walk away highly impressed with the way Ohio State played in the 49-37 win over the Spartans, but so did many of the recruits who were in East Lansing visiting the MSU program.
The Spartans had an impressive amount of high school talent roaming their campus. Of the long list of recruits who made it to Michigan State, many of them have been offered or are on the recruiting radar of Urban Meyer and his group of assistant coaches.
Land-Grant Holy Land caught up with a few of the Ohio natives who made the trek up North for the Buckeyes' battle against the Spartans, and had them break down their game day experience:
2015 LB/DB Anthony McKee (Columbus/Marion Franklin)
"The visit was real good. I had a fun time. The atmosphere was nuts. The students were wild. MSU is a real good school. I like how the coaches treat their players, and that is why MSU is in my top schools, win or loss. OSU played one heck of a game. When they got rolling, they got rolling. Two strong programs in the Big Ten, somebody had to make a statement. I like both programs."
2016 WR Seth Dawkins (Columbus/Franklin Heights)
"It was great. The MSU coaches were very friendly and down to earth. I like Michigan State's offense a lot. The atmosphere was intense, and very loud. I loved it. The game was cool. OSU seems like the place to be. They have so many weapons, and a great coaching staff. I was really impressed."
2016 ATH Tyrece Speaight (Akron/St.Vincent St.Mary)
"It was really fun. Great atmosphere, and the fans were crazy. Ohio State really impressed me, and it is always fun to see my old friends Dante (Booker), and Doran (Grant) again."
2016 WR Jonah Morris (Akron/Archbishop Hoban)
"It went really well. The atmosphere was crazy, and the fans were really into the game. Both sides of fans. Ohio State had a good group of fans there all throughout the stadium. Ohio State came out ready to play. When it looked like Michigan State was pulling away, Ohio State came right back. Ohio State just wanted it more from the looks of it. Overall is was a great game, and I loved the atmosphere up there."
2017 RB Todd Sibley (Akron/Archbishop Hoban)
"The MSU visit was awesome. I loved it up there. The atmosphere was crazy. As far as the fans and players, everything was crazy and loud, yet exciting. I think Ohio State played really well. I was very impressed with the way they ran the ball, and how the defense made some great stops."
For decades, Ohio has been a hotbed for top high school gridiron talent. Michigan State is just one of the many programs who constantly invade the state looking to add players to their roster year in and year out.
As you probably already know, the Spartans are extremely loaded with natives of the Buckeye state. Over 20 Michigan State players who currently suit up for Mark Dantonio have Ohio ties. The former OSU assistant will have at least three more joining his squad next year. Class of 2015 prospects Justice Alexander of Nordonia, Hubbard running back LJ Scott, and Cincinnati Winton Woods offensive tackle Noah Listermann are all verbally committed to MSU at the moment.
With the rivarly starting to build up not just on the football field, but also on the recruiting trail, the Spartans and Buckeyes should be in line to have many more heated battles over the years.