Michigan State offered 2016 Traverse City (Mich.) West offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa on Thursday, which is just a sign of the times.
As the recruiting process shifts, Michigan State is "in the process" of hiring a full-time recruiting coordinator, head coach Mark Dantonio said.
“Recruiting has become so accelerated,” Dantonio said. “You’re recruiting such younger players now. So, you are on guys that are tenth graders and that type of thing. (The coordinator) will have knowledge of who is coming and be able to stay abreast of the guys. We know who we're recruiting in 2014. But who are we recruiting in 2015, who are we starting to recruit in 2016, who is coming up from the little leagues? It's trying to formulate a plan as they come forward.
"We just need more manpower because the recruiting cycle has become so accelerated."
Dantonio said a title isn’t established, but the role is fairly defined.
“They can’t coach, so they aren’t a coach,” Dantonio said. “They are a liason. There are so many different avenues of high school football. There’s 7 on 7 camps during the summer, there are all these different camps being run by different people and there has to be knowledge of who is who out there.
“It’s relationship, it’s a client list. It’s on-campus recruiting, when the kids come in and coaches are coaching, who is there to show them around and have knowledge of that player inside and out.”
The position will be funded by the recent budget increase of $4 million to the football program annually.
“It’s part of a commitment toward the program that Mark Hollis is making,” Dantonio said. “There has been a commitment to add that position.”
Brad Salem, in addition to his coaching duties, has served as the recruiting coordinator at Michigan State.