If pine trees were maize and blue rather than green, would Mark Dantonio boycott Christmas?
Just a thought to ponder.
Michigan State’s head coach has been vocal about his strong Christian faith, so you can bet he’s be celebrating Christmas this Sunday. And since he doesn’t have a bowl game to prepare for (sorry for bringing this up for the umpteenth time), he’s got more time to focus on festivities than game planning.
As Dantonio peeks under his green tree with presumably a big bright green “S” in place of an angel or a star at the top, what would be the greatest recruiting gift he could receive?
Sure, Michigan State has plenty of work to do on each level of its defense, but the one prospect still in play for the Spartans who could singlehandedly make the biggest different is probably on offense.
The best present would be a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Jaylen Harris. The Spartans already have commitments from a pair of very good wideouts in Hunter Rison and Cody White, but Harris would make this wide receiver class one to remember.
There’s a reason Alabama, Ohio State and Penn State stand among the schools that have offered. At 6-foot-5, Harris has the size and length to go up and get 50/50 balls like few others.
Adding Harris to the mix would be massive for Michigan State, especially if guys like Donnie Corley and Justin Layne continue to play large roles on defense for Michigan State. Having a big target for Brian Lewerke (or whoever steps in as the starting quarterback) would help to erase the offensive pains of 2016.
Harris took an official visit to Michigan State two weeks ago and has since been the recipient of a large recruiting effort from the Spartans commits. However, Ohio State has begun to show increased interest as well, making it less likely that MSU will land Harris.
Harris has gone a bit quiet toward reporters, so he could be at a point where he’s shutting down and trying to come to a final decision before announcing publicly.
He’s made no indication that a Christmas commitment could be in the cards, but if Dantonio got that call on Sunday, it would be as good a gift as anything under the tree.