Michigan State added some help on defense by going out-of-state to land Bethlehem (Pa.) Freedom defensive end Colin Neely.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder with 4.7-second speed chose the Spartans over offers from Penn State, Minnesota, West Virginia, Rutgers, Iowa and Boston College.
"I felt like it was the best fit for me. They were the first school to offer me and they stayed loyal to me the whole time," he said on Sunday night. "I just like that they're an up-and-coming program. I didn't want to go to the best schools instead I wanted somewhere average and make them better.
"My recruiting coach (Stoutland) is one of my friends and every time we talk, it's about other stuff and not even football. I thought he was the best. Then when I went up there for a visit it was beautiful. I talked to some of the players and they said the school isn't the easiest, but it also isn't the hardest."
Neely is glad to have a decision behind him so he can focus on his game next season.
"I knew when I made it, it was a great decision. The pressure if off me and now I feel better," he said. "The thing I want to work on most is taking over football games. I just want to put the whole game in my hands and make plays every down instead of just on first and third. I want to make it on offense and defense through four quarters."
The No. 31 player in Pennsylvania told the coaches of his decision last week.
"I told coach Stoutland on Wednesday and then I talked to coach John L. Smith a couple days ago and they were both happy," he said. "Coach Smith said he just watched my film and he was thanking God I went there. He told me that when I leave here I should be an All-American, we were both excited."
What in particular have the coaches liked about Neely?
"They really like my motor and the fact that I make plays no matter where the ball is going," he said. "I'm everywhere on the field. That's what I do best, I'm a playmaker and when they need a play I'll do it."
The coaches plan to move their newest commitment around between outside linebacker and defensive end.
"I can play up, down, blitz over here and there, they feel I can play everywhere."
The all-conference prospect plans to talk to coach Stoutland soon about setting up an official visit.
"I'm not sure which game I'm going to this year, but I'm going to get to one."
Neely caught 20 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns and added 60 tackles and 10 sacks on defense as a junior.