August 12, 2010
He's the Izz and noooobody beats him.
Michigan State has inarguably become one of the premier programs in the country in the wake of the team's 2000 national championship. And while most of the best tend to ebb and flow — even to a minor extent — when it comes to recruiting, 25-win seasons, coaching changes, etc., the Spartans and Tom Izzo keep on keepin' on.
As if a flurry of Final Four runs wasn't enough, the 55-year-old coach just picked up his freaking fifth verbal commitment from a player in the last 12 days.
That's about as a hot a streak a coach can get this side of the law, and few have dared to publicly hint at Izzo ever stepping over the NCAA recruiting line.
The latest player to promise his talents to the Spartans is 6-8, 220-pound 2012 recruit Matt Costello. As Mike Miller and Joe Rexrode pointed out, MSU is now set for the next two years; barring a medical redshirt, there are no roster spots open on the team until 2013.
Costello joins Sexton 6-5 guard Denzel Valentine and Medina, Ohio 6-7 forward Kenny Kaminski in the 2012 class. It's still possible MSU could add another player for 2012 (Indiana wing Gary Harris is the top possibility and indications are that MSU continues to recruit him at full force), but a transfer or NBA early departure would be required.
Looks like Izzo and his staff can do something few others in college hoops have the luxury of in August: take an elongated vacation.
The boys up in East Lansing will likely continue to run shop in the Big Ten for the next half-decade after Izzo got this recruiting coup in the past two weeks. Remarkable, rare stuff he was able to pull off. It can't be understated how well Izzo runs his program and just how revered he is in that community. He's starting to make all these things look way, way too easy.
And to think, he nearly took the Cavs job.