June 16, 2013

Latest MSU commitment is 'a game-changer'

EAST LANSING - Vayante Copeland had no intentions of committing to Michigan State during his trip to campus on Sunday. But one man who knew him well, and knew Michigan State well, expected it to happen.

Copeland, a three-star recruit from Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall High School, is ranked the No. 42 player in Ohio by Rivals.com. He fell in love with Michigan State during his very first visit to East Lansing, Sunday. After a few hours on campus, he committed to the Spartans on MSU's outdoor practice field during Michigan State' elite camp.

Tyrone Thornton had a hunch this would happen.

Thornton, Copeland's defensive backs coach at Dayton Marshall, has been to Michigan State for events on several occasions in the past, and has watched the Spartan program closely in recent years. He suspected that Copeland would be impressed by the program and the surroundings when he visited for the first time.

Michigan State seemed to be running second in Copeland's recruitment, behind West Virginia, prior to the visit. But that all changed - and the recruiting chase ended - soon after Copeland had a chance to see MSU up close.

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