EAST LANSING, Mich. — No one has ever mistaken Mark Dantonio for a showman, but the Michigan State football coach knows how to poke a little fun at himself. OK — and maybe in-state rival Michigan and Jim Harbaugh, as well.
Dantonio didn’t break out any spotlights during his National Signing Day news conference on Wednesday. There was no big stage, elaborate video show, comedian brothers acting as emcees or band playing. But Dantonio did have his hats. A lot of hats.
In an effort to turn the tables on the recruits who so often use hats to show the school with which they will sign, Dantonio asked all of his 2017 recruits to send him a hat from their high school. And while Dantonio went through the list of new Spartans at his news conference, he put on each player’s hat.
Some lids were easier to put on than others but he quickly got the hang of it.
His first attempt was with WR Cody White of Walled Lake Western:
Hunter Rison of Ann Arbor Pioneer proved tricky:
But C.J. Hayes of South Warren HS in Bowling Green, Ky., had a 1-size-fits-all hat. That was helpful:
Dantonio was proud of his efforts.
“I did put some hats on today,” Dantonio said. “I thought that was big of me. I’m stepping out.”
Dantonio’s 2017 class finished the day ranked No. 34 in the nation and No. 6 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.