Lawrence Thomas: With no true DEs in last year's recruiting class, a shorter learning curve at DE and the log jam at LB, I do hope Thomas makes the move to DE at 280 pounds even though he was a 5-star LB recruit (so was William Gholston). What I really like though is the message to recruits right there for all to see - MSU coaches are not going to force you to play a position you don't want to play. They want and value your passion. You are not just an asset - a "piece of meat". Excellent message backed up by walking the talk. That should be very attractive as recruits continue to gain trust that the MSU program is on solid ground and continuing to improve, even after back to back 11 win seasons (seasons that, using the rules of yesteryear, would have landed them in the Rose Bowl - both years).