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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Spartans announce three more recruits for '12-13

MSU Press Release

Michigan State has announced that three players signed national letters of intent in the fall signing period and will join the Spartans in the fall of 2012.

Forward Ryan Keller (Farmington Hills/Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL), defenseman John Draeger (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's) and goaltender Jake Hildebrand (Butler, Penn./Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL) will join three previous signees – forward Matt DeBlouw (Chesterfield/Muskegon Lumberjacks, USHL) and defensemen Rhett Holland (Calgary, Alberta/Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) and Travis Walsh (Lansing/Muskegon Lumberjacks) on the Spartan roster for next season.

“When we assembled our staff, one of our main priorities right away was recruiting,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos, who was hired in March. “We are very serious about making Michigan State a program that competes for the top recruits, brings in quality men and high-level players, and also developing those players to play at the next level.

"We’re very happy with the players who have committed to our program as this class brings a nice blend of size, skill and toughness to our team. We are losing a very large senior class at the end of this year, so there will be plenty of opportunity for these players to compete right away."

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