It's never too early to load up on future classes. And Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has done that again. Izzo and his staff landed a verbal commitment from 2005 prospect Eric Devendorf, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard from Central High School in Bay City, Mich.
"They offered this weekend," Devendorf said. "So once they offered me I took it right away. I am really excited to play for a team with a great coach and a chance to play in the Big Ten."
Devendorf also said he was offered by Texas A&M. "Michigan was also recruiting me with other schools," he said. "But I have had a chance to visit Michigan State several times. I get along great with the players and the coaches there. So once they offered I took it."
Devendorf competed very effectively at the ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey in early July. "That's when I saw my recruitment pick up a lot," he said. "I got a lot of letters after I played there. I thought I did pretty well there."
He did. Eric showed the ability to score against the top guards in both the 2004 and 2005 classes. Eric averaged 23 points, four rebounds and three assists last season as a sophomore. "Before I get to Michigan State I want to work on my defense," he said. "I want to get quicker and stronger."