Michigan State is an elite program, but Tom Izzo doesn't usually approach team building the same way that coaches like John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski do. Izzo has landed a handful of five star players since the recruiting sites began ranking players, but he usually pulls in three and four star players and develops them into really solid four year contributors. Since 2003, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Michigan State's recruiting classes have ranked between No. 10 (2008) and No. 74 (2013), and have tended to float between the mid-teens and mid-20s. All of that makes thisvery surprising, and should make Big Ten fans a bit nervous:
With the commitment of five-star center Caleb Swanigan, Michigan State vaulted ten places in the 2015 team rankings to No. 3. He, along with power forward Deyonta Davis and shooting guards Matthew McQuaid and Kyle Ahrens, are poised to make up the most highly-regarded recruiting class in Spartans' history. We've seen what Tom Izzo can do with a No. 7 seed. If he starts bringing in even more talented rosters, watch out college basketball.