EAST LANSING - Michigan State lost a game, but they picked up a win in
the recruiting wars. The Spartans outfought Ohio State, Wisconsin and
Illinois for the services of Flint Carman-Ainsworth star defensive
tackle Ryan Wheat.
The Spartans have been in pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 285 pound stud
defensive tackle all off season and their relentless pursuit paid dividends
when he joined the fold Sunday after the Spartans tough 40-37 loss to
the Fighting Irish.
"They send me a letter everyday," Wheat said of the Spartans. "I like
the coaches because they are very personal and honest with me. They are
really looking up and they think that they are moving in the right
direction. They told me that they'll be even better in 2007."
Wheat, a three-star defensive tackle, becomes the 10th member of the
Spartans 2007 class joining teammate George White, a three-star
linebacker who committed earlier in the process, but now he can complete his
senior season and work on getting stronger heading into his freshman
season at Michigan State.
Wheat joins White and receivers Mark Dell and Kendall Washington,
linemen Jack Cornell, Darrell Davis-Budanauro and Paul Simkovich, safety
Quincy Landingham, defensive tackle Vaughn Martin and quarterback Keith Nichol as members of the Spartans 2007 recruiting class.