Placing a huge emphasis on the running back position in the class of 2013, Michigan State wasted no time in locking up two of its top targets.
Just a few days after signing day for the 2012 class, Gerald Holmes gave his verbal commitment to MSU. R.J. Shelton joined Holmes less than a month later as the second running back in the class, and just like it's a wrap at the position for 2013.
Together, the pair forms a potentially lethal combination once they arrive in East Lansing.
Holmes, a 6-foot, 205-pound back, brings a power running game similar to current Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell. The smashing, downhill runner plows through tackles with ease, and drags defenders as he goes -- making him the type of physical specimen Mark Dantonio loves at the running back position.
Shelton, on the other hand, is a 5-11, 185-pound speedster who has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He routinely breaks downfield and puts even more distance between himself and defenders as he goes. His first step is tremendous and he has the ability to break any play for a touchdown.
Holmes ran for 363 yards on 70 attempts in a junior season cut short by an ankle injury which he suffered in the season opener.
Shelton rushed for 2,045 yards on 218 attempts (9.39 yards per attempt) and 32 touchdowns as a junior on his way to being named second-team all-state.