MSU snags legacy four-star defensive back for 2020 class

Joe Dandron, Assistant Sports Director

Head coach Mark Dantonio has never been heralded for recruiting at the highest level, as the former safety has often been a diamond in the rough kind of guy.

MSU and its recruiters often find talent where others often look away, turning two and three-star recruits into sometimes NFL-level prospects who go on to find a niche in the league.

But every once in a while, Dantonio and his boys are able to sneak one away from the big dogs.

That happened Wednesday, as four-star defensive back Darius Snow out of Carrollton, Texas committed to the Spartans over the likes of Notre Dame, Arkansas and TCU. A big get for a team that will be looking to create more depth at safety in the coming years with the departure of incumbent starter Khari Willis.

His father Eric Snow played basketball at Michigan State and would go on to the NBA after his time in East Lansing. Hunter Rison was of the same grain, what many call a “legacy” recruit.

The Texan is also the nephew of former MSU linebacker Percy Snow, who would go on to play in the NFL. It can be clearly stated that green runs deep in the family.

The young man even quoted Eric Thomas in a commitment letter that we see often see on high school athletes twitter pages. Thomas is a speaker who often lectures at Michigan State, and the quote from him in the tweet stated that “The difference between those who succeed and fail… is not taking advantage of opportunity.”

The class of 2020 recruit went on to say he is “elated” for his opportunity to play in the green and white and can’t wait to suit up for Dantonio.

This commitment could mean big things for MSU football down the road. At 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds, Snow will fill in nicely because of his ability to play in the box or in coverage. ESPN 300 even lists Snow as an outside linebacker, so he could be a versatile plug-and-play guy for what has been a dominant defense in recent years.

Obviously, with Rison transferring after his freshman season, there are worries that it could happen again regardless of the legacy, but defensive backs often are developed for the next level under the coaching staff at MSU. And that’s something you may expect Snow to pursue if his talent pans out at the NCAA level.