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How the Spartans signed their best recruiting class ever

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In this file photo, Okemos's Ozan Colak returns a serve against Romania's Sebastian Gima in their singles tennis match Nov. 18 during the Capital City Tennis Classic at the Michigan State Tennis Center in East Lansing.  Colak, a top 10 prospect in the class of 2022, is the most hyped player ever signed by Michigan State.

EAST LANSING – When Harry Jadun hits the road to recruit for Michigan State’s men’s tennis program, he presents prospects for a bright future. In that sense, he’s a bit like being a hopeful Silicon Valley tycoon.

“We talk a lot about creating your own legacy,” said Jadun, a former Spartan player entering his first season as head coach after five years as assistant coach Gene Orlando. “It’s almost like when you work for a startup instead of a corporation. You could go work for Google. But we’re a startup. Our goal is to be like Google in five or 10 years, whenever.”

As it is, there isn’t much of a positive track record for Jadun to sell down the draft path. The Spartans have made it to the NCAA Tournament only once (2013). They will enter the upcoming season 200 games under .500 (221-421) in Big Ten competition. And MSU has just two league titles, both of which are ancient history for today’s players, the first in 1951 and the most recent in 1967.

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