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Ranking The 2013 Football Commits (So Far)

  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field as early contributors in their MSU careers.

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    OL Caleb Benenoch (6'-6", 317 lbs.) - Massive young man with long arms who has some flexibility and can move for one so large. Runs pretty well for his size and can pull on sweeps and can get to the second level and take on defenders. Shows agility and pretty good footwork in pass protection and it's a $10 cab ride for defenders to get around him. He is a tenacious blocker and once he locks on to a defender, they don't get away from him. He plays right OT in a "crouch stance" in his HS team's spread offense. He will need to be coached up in coming out of a 3-point stance and keeping his pad level low consistently to take advantage of his size. In HS, he relies on his size and strength to overpower defenders and will need time to learn the nuances and techniques of playing OL at the next level. He is still raw but he has a lot of upside because of his size and athleticism. The S & C staff will take his weight down when he arrives on campus and then build him back up into a 325 lb. road grader. He will be red-shirted so the staff can evaluate which OL position fits him best but he will probably begin as an OG.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyt9BuLlO3Q

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 215 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 16 or 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he relies on his arm strength right now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has adequate speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind a very average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Jr. and Sr. years in HS and is still only 16 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    Note : All of these players are still only 16 or 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers.

    This post was edited by CoachedByDuffy 2 years ago

  • good stuff cbd: one question for you......is it POSSIBLE that Reschke could play DE or TE? He is a great athlete, we have tremendous need at both positions and we are loaded at LB. Thoughts?

  • From what I hear, Reschke is the heir apparent to Bullough at MLB.

  • Reshke is a good athlete but he would have to grow taller and really bulk up to be TE or DE. He is still onlyt 16 or 17 years old so he could grow some more.
    The plan now is for him to begin his MSU career as a MLB.

  • Kind of surprised where you have Terry. Hopefully that means you really like all the rest.

  • Terry is a good athlete but Terry will be red-shirted as a true Fr. It will be awhile before he sees the field, since he will be behind Maxwell, Cook and O'Connor.
    The other 2013 commits will have more opportunites to see PT earlier than Terry because of the positions they play and ST's.

  • Assuming Maxwell holds down the starting spot for the next 2 years, do you think there will be a 3 way competition or just a competition between Cook and O'Connor?

  • Of course it will be a 3-way competition for the starting QB spot in 2014 after Maxwell graduates, Cook and O'Connor will have a leg up on Terry because of more time in the offensive system.
    Note : Don't be surprised if Tyler O'Connor comes out the winner in that competition.
    Note : Theoretically, O'Connor is now the # 2 QB behind Cook with Maxwell's injury. Just a thought. That's something the staff may have to face during the regular season. The back-up QB is only one play away.

  • What do you think would happen in case on an injury during this season.

    Tyler O'Connor would be redshirted, ideally.

    So would it be:

    1- Maxwell
    2- Cook
    3- O'Connor
    4- Badovinac
    5- Lippett/Cox

    or what do you think we would go to?

  • If Maxwell were to get injured during the season, MSU would try to hold off burning O'Connor's red-shirt unless the situation became really desperate. It would probably be this order :
    1. Maxwell
    2. Cook
    3. Badovinac
    4. Vento
    5. O'Connor
    6. Lippett/Cox

  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field and contribute early in their MSU careers.

    CB Darian Hicks (5'-11", 173 lbs.) - He was Coach D's # 1 priority recruit at the CB position for the 2013 class. He is an excellent athlete and is a starting WR for his HS team as well as starting @ CB. He is a dynamic KO and Punt returner for his HS team and has the speed to break long returns. He has excellent ball skills, both as a DB and as a WR. He has a fluid back pedal and flexible hips to turn and run step-for-step with WR's. He has the potential to be the type of lock down corner that all college teams covet. He could contribute as a True Fr.
    Here are his Jr. highlights :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjMmrni1sU

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 215 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he often relies on his arm strength now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He has great upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has adequate speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind a very average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Sr. year in HS and is still only 17 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    Note : All of these players are still only 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers

  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field and contribute early in their MSU careers.

    CB Darian Hicks (5'-11", 173 lbs.) - He was Coach D's # 1 priority recruit at the CB position for the 2013 class. He is an excellent athlete and is a starting WR for his HS team as well as starting @ CB. He is a dynamic KO and Punt returner for his HS team and has the speed to break long returns. He has excellent ball skills, both as a DB and as a WR. He has a fluid back pedal and flexible hips to turn and run step-for-step with WR's. He has the potential to be the type of lock down corner that all college teams covet. He could contribute as a True Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjMmrni1sU

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 215 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he often relies on his arm strength now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He has great upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    WR Jay Harris (5'-10", 176 lbs.) - Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a tough, fast, sturdy, compact runner who breaks a lot of tackles despite his size. He is elusive in the open field and he can shift gears and cut on a dime (reminds me a little of Eric Allen that way). He has excellent ball skills as a WR and can track down the deep ball when it's in the air. He is not afraid to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic and he will fight for extra yardage. He is fearless as a KO and Punt Returner and can break long returns. He is a big play looking for a place to happen. He is already a fairly polished receiver. He may be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwe_5L8i5w

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has adequate speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind a very average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Sr. year in HS and is still only 17 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    WR Trey Kilgore (6'-2", 182 lbs.) - Tall, athletic, fast (4.5 forty) smooth striding WR in the Mark Dell mold. He can hit 2nd gear and blow past defenders. He is the best athlete on his HS team and played quite a bit @ QB as a Jr. for his HS team because his HS coach felt that gave his team the best chance of winning. Not sure how much he will play QB as a Sr. or how many reps he will get as a WR. With limited experience as a WR, he will benefit from college coaching to learn the nuances of being a WR at the next level but he has the potential to be a real deep threat and game changer. He does show good hands as a WR and can snatch the ball out of the air. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd9LUsduTXE

    TE Dylan Chmura (6'-6", 225 lbs.) - MSU began recruiting him when he was a HS Soph. and stayed in contact with him even though he missed his Jr. season due to injury. He has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Ken Mannie and the S & C staff. The MSU staff was impressed with his skill in blocking technique for a HS player, showing he knows how to use leverage and has good footwork. He has big hands and can snatch the ball out of the air. He is adept at running precise pass routes. He was the best TE prospect at MSU's Rising Stars Camp and stood out among a very solid group of TE prospects at this camp. He will be red-shirted.
    Note : This evaluation is based on his performance at MSU's camp.

    Note : All of these players are still only 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers.

  • trash

    To develop and become that kind of player would be unbelievably cool. "The flea" racked up 350 vs. Purdue and was a threat every time he touched the ball.

  • I was on the '69 team with Eric Allen. He was the hardest player I ever had to try and tackle in practice, for all of us for that matter. In fact, the hardest player I ever had to try and tackle period. He had it all; speed, vision, acceleration, he could cut on a dime, he could stop, change direction and be back at full speed in 2 steps.
    He left a lot of us grasping for air, including our opponents, LOL.

  • trash

    Thanks CBD. Nice to hear a testimony from someone who was "flea"bit on a regular basis. LOL. You must have a boatload of great memories.

  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field and contribute early in their MSU careers.

    CB Darian Hicks (5'-11", 173 lbs.) - He was Coach D's # 1 priority recruit at the CB position for the 2013 class. He is an excellent athlete and is a starting WR for his HS team as well as starting @ CB. He is a dynamic KO and Punt returner for his HS team and has the speed to break long returns. He has excellent ball skills, both as a DB and as a WR. He has a fluid back pedal and flexible hips to turn and run step-for-step with WR's. He has the potential to be the type of lock down corner that all college teams covet. He could contribute as a True Fr.
    Here are his Jr. highlights :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjMmrni1sU

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 212 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he often relies on his arm strength now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He has great upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    WR Jay Harris (5'-10.5", 172 lbs.) - Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a tough, fast, sturdy, compact runner who breaks a lot of tackles despite his size. He is elusive in the open field and he can shift gears and cut on a dime (reminds me a little of Eric Allen that way). He has excellent ball skills as a WR and can track down the deep ball when it's in the air. He is not afraid to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic and he will fight for extra yardage. He is fearless as a KO and Punt Returner and can break long returns. He is a big play looking for a place to happen. He is already a fairly polished receiver. He may be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwe_5L8i5w

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has adequate speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind a very average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Sr. year in HS and is still only 17 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    WR Trey Kilgore (6'-2", 182 lbs.) - Tall, athletic, fast (4.5 forty) smooth striding WR in the Mark Dell mold. He can hit 2nd gear and blow past defenders. He is the best athlete on his HS team and played quite a bit @ QB as a Jr. for his HS team because his HS coach felt that gave his team the best chance of winning. Not sure how much he will play QB as a Sr. or how many reps he will get as a WR. With limited experience as a WR, he will benefit from college coaching to learn the nuances of being a WR at the next level but he has the potential to be a real deep threat and game changer. He does show good hands as a WR and can snatch the ball out of the air. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd9LUsduTXE

    DT Devyn Salmon (6'-2", 282 lbs.) - He could continue to grow since he is still only 17 years old. He can anchor at the point of attack and does show explosion and quickness off the line of scrimmage. He plays with a high motor and pursues on plays away from him. He has strong, quick hands and keeps blockers from getting their hands on him and doesn't allow them to get into his body. At times, he shows the ability to make himself smaller and slide sideways between blockers and penetrate into the opponent's backfield (something Jerel Worthy is very adept at). He is similar in size to Jerel at the same stage of development but not quite as athletic as Jerel was. He should eventually work into the interior DL rotation and who knows what college level coaching will bring out in him since he has only played football since he was a Soph. in HS. He will be red-shirted to gain strength and learn the techniques of playing DT at the college level.
    Here are his Jr. highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...player_embedded

    TE Dylan Chmura (6'-6", 225 lbs.) - MSU began recruiting him when he was a HS Soph. and stayed in contact with him even though he missed his Jr. season due to a knee injury. He has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Ken Mannie and the S & C staff. The MSU staff was impressed with his skill in blocking technique for a HS player, showing he knows how to use leverage and has good footwork. He has big hands and can snatch the ball out of the air. He is adept at running precise pass routes. He was the best TE prospect at MSU's Rising Stars Camp and stood out among a very solid group of TE prospects at this camp. He will be red-shirted.
    Note : This evaluation is based on his performance at MSU's camp.

    Note : All of these players are still only 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers.

  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field and contribute early in their MSU careers. The exception is the QB position which is now ranked on talent level.

    CB Darian Hicks (5'-11", 173 lbs.) - He was Coach D's # 1 priority recruit at the CB position for the 2013 class. He is an excellent athlete and is a starting WR for his HS team as well as starting @ CB. He is a dynamic KO and Punt returner for his HS team and has the speed to break long returns. He has excellent ball skills, both as a DB and as a WR. He has a fluid back pedal and flexible hips to turn and run step-for-step with WR's. He has the potential to be the type of lock down corner that all college teams covet. He could contribute as a True Fr.
    Here are his Jr. highlights :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjMmrni1sU

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    DE Demetrius Cooper (6'-5", 220 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is athletic and is just starting to grow into his frame. Has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Coach Mannie and the S & C staff. Looks like a natural speed edge pass rusher with tremendous upside. Has the long arms needed to keep blockers away from his body. Also shows good defensive instincts playing the run as well. Has a quick first step which allows him to get a jump on OT's when he comes off the edge as a pass rusher. Missed most of his Jr. year in HS due to a knee injury. Had 17 sacks during his HS Soph. year. He will be red-shirted to gain additional size and strength.
    Jr. highlights :
    http://michiganstate.scout.com...iaids%3D1094537

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 212 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he often relies on his arm strength now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He has great upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    WR Jay Harris (5'-10.5", 172 lbs.) - Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a tough, fast, sturdy, compact runner who breaks a lot of tackles despite his size. He is elusive in the open field and he can shift gears and cut on a dime (reminds me a little of Eric Allen that way). He has excellent ball skills as a WR and can track down the deep ball when it's in the air. He is not afraid to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic and he will fight for extra yardage. He is fearless as a KO and Punt Returner and can break long returns. He is a big play looking for a place to happen. He is already a fairly polished receiver. He may be red-shirted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwe_5L8i5w

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has good speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind a very average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Sr. year in HS and is still only 17 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    WR Trey Kilgore (6'-2", 182 lbs.) - Tall, athletic, fast (4.5 forty) smooth striding WR in the Mark Dell mold. He can hit 2nd gear and blow past defenders. He is the best athlete on his HS team and played quite a bit @ QB as a Jr. for his HS team because his HS coach felt that gave his team the best chance of winning. Not sure how much he will play QB as a Sr. or how many reps he will get as a WR. With limited experience as a WR, he will benefit from college coaching to learn the nuances of being a WR at the next level but he has the potential to be a real deep threat and game changer. He does show good hands as a WR and can snatch the ball out of the air. He will be red-shirted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd9LUsduTXE

    DT Devyn Salmon (6'-2", 282 lbs.) - He could continue to grow since he is still only 17 years old. He can anchor at the point of attack and does show explosion and quickness off the line of scrimmage. He plays with a high motor and pursues on plays away from him. He has strong, quick hands and keeps blockers from getting their hands on him and doesn't allow them to get into his body. At times, he shows the ability to make himself smaller and slide sideways between blockers and penetrate into the opponent's backfield (something Jerel Worthy is very adept at). He is similar in size to Jerel at the same stage of development but not quite as athletic as Jerel was. He should eventually work into the interior DL rotation and who knows what college level coaching will bring out in him since he has only played football since he was a Soph. in HS. He will be red-shirted to gain strength and learn the techniques of playing DT at the college level.
    Here are his Jr. highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...player_embedded

    TE Dylan Chmura (6'-6", 225 lbs.) - MSU began recruiting him when he was a HS Soph. and stayed in contact with him even though he missed his Jr. season due to a knee injury. He has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Ken Mannie and the S & C staff. The MSU staff was impressed with his skill in blocking technique for a HS player, showing he knows how to use leverage and has good footwork. He has big hands and can snatch the ball out of the air. He is adept at running precise pass routes. He was the best TE prospect at MSU's Rising Stars Camp and stood out among a very solid group of TE prospects at this camp. He will be red-shirted.
    Note : This evaluation is based on his performance at MSU's camp.

    Note : All of these players are still only 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers.

  • Great stuff CBD...appreciate the effort you put into these rankings.

  • Thanks as always, CBD.

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  • You the man CBD,,,,, time for another update.

    How do you feel about this recruiting class vs. other Coach D's?

    I do not see a Gholston.. but I see solid talent.

  • Duffy you got another one to do. 2 in 2 days!!

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  • The more I hear about Damion Terry the more excited I get. He has the size, arm strength, and leg speed to be a truly special player

    Now with a PhD in Applied Llama Physics...

  • The things that impress me each time I watch Terry's film are the he's A) A smart QB. He seems to have no problem setting audibles and reading defenses and B) His arm strength. That's what I believe there is a lot of untapped potential for. In his film, he seems to just flick his wrist and the ball sails way downfield. Great strength there and seemingly already great accuracy. I think Terry could be great here.

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  • Hicks, Robinson, Powell, and Cox are going to be a nasty secondary

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  • Here is how I rank the 2013 Football Commits so far.
    The Rankings are based on film analysis and evaluation and their potential to see the field and contribute early in their MSU careers. The exception is the QB position which is now ranked partly on talent level.

    CB Darian Hicks (5'-11", 173 lbs.) - He was Coach D's # 1 priority recruit at the CB position for the 2013 class. He is an excellent athlete and is a starting WR for his HS team as well as starting @ CB. He is a dynamic KO and Punt returner for his HS team and has the speed to break long returns. He has excellent ball skills, both as a DB and as a WR. He has a fluid back pedal and flexible hips to turn and run step-for-step with WR's. He has the potential to be the type of lock down corner that all college teams covet. He could contribute as a True Fr.
    Here are his Jr. highlights :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjMmrni1sU

    LB Jon Reschke (6'-2", 223 lbs.) - Played DE for his HS team as a Soph and moved to MLB his Jr. year but also played some OLB as an edge pass rusher in passing situations. Is athleic enough that he could play all 3 LB positions at the next level because of his speed (ran a 4.6 forty at MSU's summer camp last year) but will begin his MSU career as a MLB. He is a tough, hard-nosed, throw back type of LB and plays with a non-stop motor and can pursue from sideline to sideline. He is an excellent tackler and has good defensive instincts. Just a good all-around athlete who also played TE for his HS team. He is a MSU legacy. His father Paul was an OT at MSU. If you look at Jon's film, he looks like he could be related to the Bulloughs. Smart and tough LB with a high football IQ. He will continue to grow as he matures. He will be red-shirted as a FR. to gain additional strength in a college level S & C program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRSQa7BLnRI

    RB R. J. Shelton (5'-11", 185 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is a true breakaway threat as a RB with excellent speed (4.48 forty) and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is a "quick twitch" athlete like Keshawn Martin and has that kind of big play ability to score any time. He can make cuts at full speed without losing a step (reminds me of former Spartan Eric Allen) and is really elusive in the open field. He has terrific acceleration when he begins his runs and can explode at the line of scrimmage and just blows past defenders. He has excellent vision and always seems to find a running lane whether he's running inside or breaking to the outside. He is not an upright runner and runs with good body lean and good balance and runs behind his pads. He can run with power and will lower his shoulder to take on tacklers if he has to. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with good hands and can make big plays in the passing game. He can also return KO's. Some have questioned the level of competition that he plays against. When you rush for over 2,000 yards, average almost 10 yards per carry and score 37 TD's; you were a dominant player against your competition, no matter what the level. That dominance vs. the opposition is what stood out to the Spartan staff. He has a chance to be a contributor as a true Fr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=related

    LB Shane Jones (6'-1", 216 lbs.) - The Cinci Moeller pipeline continues to flow ! Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a faster version of Greg Jones with the same type of defensive instincts and toughness as Greg. Shane plays all out, all the time and has a mean streak on the field but he is a great kid off the field and will represent the Spartan Nation very well and make everyone proud. He is an excellent tackler and never gives up in pursuit. For a young LB, he is good in pass coverage and has a nose for the ball. Pass coverage drops are one of the more difficult aspects of the game for LB's to learn and he seems to have the instincts to be in the right position in pass coverage. He is an excellent athlete and can play all 3 of the LB positions at the next level. With his speed and pass coverage ability, he will probably begin his MSU career @ STAR LB. He will arrive at MSU well coached from OH HS power, Cinci Moeller. Moeller HS plays in one of the top HS conferences in OH and Shane has excelled vs. top competition. He will probably be red-shirted to learn the defense.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruWw-rMkhA

    S Jalyn Powell (6'-1", 185 lbs.) - He is the type of big, fast, versatile athlete that the MSU staff loves to coach. He played all over the field both on offense and defense for his HS team; S, CB, LB, WR, RB, Wildcat QB. Physically, he will remind you of his cousin, former Spartan Chris L. Rucker. He is an excellent tackler with good defensive instincts and he's a big time hitter. He shows good ball skills when the ball is in the air both as a DB and receiver. He can return KO's and punts and has big play ability and is a smooth, long strider with excellent speed. He will begin his MSU career as a S but could also project to CB at the next level.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/PtYdpZPrTMI

    DE Demetrius Cooper (6'-5", 220 lbs.) - Fills a position of need in the 2013 class. He is athletic and is just starting to grow into his frame. Has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Coach Mannie and the S & C staff. Looks like a natural speed edge pass rusher with tremendous upside. Has the long arms needed to keep blockers away from his body. Also shows good defensive instincts playing the run as well. Has a quick first step which allows him to get a jump on OT's when he comes off the edge as a pass rusher. Missed most of his Jr. year in HS due to a knee injury. Had 17 sacks during his HS Soph. year. He will be red-shirted to gain additional size and strength.
    Jr. highlights :
    http://michiganstate.scout.com...iaids%3D1094537

    QB Damion Terry (6'-4", 212 lbs.) - Has great size for the QB position and could still continue to grow taller since he is still only 17 years old. He is more of a pass 1st, run 2nd QB, not a pure dual threat QB. He is a good athlete and can escape from the pocket when pressured and make plays with his legs and has the speed to make big plays on the perimeter of the defense. He has a strong arm and is an over the top passer who seldom gets passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to work on his mechanics and footwork in the pocket since he often relies on his arm strength now to make plays but he has the tools to work with and will really benefit from college level coaching. Arm strength and speed are God given and good coaching will help him take advantage of those attributes. He has great upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zQWBDqs2E

    RB Gerald Holmes (6'-1", 205 lbs.) - He doesn't appear to be a true breakaway threat but he has good speed for the RB position. He is a tough power runner with good balance and has pretty good vision. He makes some pretty good cuts and has some elusiveness in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and has pretty good hands. He runs "angry" and attacks defenders and punishes tacklers at the end of his runs. He is running behind an average HS OL and didn't have many big holes to run thru. He made a lot of his yardage on his own. He will continue to grow bigger and stronger as he goes thru his Sr. year in HS and is still only 17 years old.
    Here are his Soph. and Jr. (4 games) highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/cVlwh4Rorjo

    OT Dennis Finley (6'-7", 284 lbs.) - Fills a position of need for the 2013 class. Athletic for his size. Runs pretty well for a big kid. He can pull on sweeps and shows the ability to get out and block on bubble screens. He is a powerful blocker in the running game and can get to the 2nd level to take on defenders. He is a knee bender not a waist bender with good balance. He has good footwork in pass protection and has long arms to push pass rushers away from the QB. As he gets bigger, it will be a $10 cab ride for defenders to get around him. He plays OL with a mean streak and is a high motor kid. He played left OT as a Jr. but will play right OT this season. He appears to have the athleticism and footwork to play left OT at the next level. Like all young HS OL, he is still raw technique-wise but college level coaching will improve his technique. He definitely has the tools to work with. He will be red-shirted to gain additional size and strength and learn the nuances of playing OT at the B1G level.
    Note : Excellent addition for MSU, plus a breakthrough at Cass Tech.
    Jr. highlights :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcytK910KcU

    WR Jay Harris (5'-10.5", 172 lbs.) - Spartan fans are going to love this kid. He is a tough, fast, sturdy, compact runner who breaks a lot of tackles despite his size. He is elusive in the open field and he can shift gears and cut on a dime (reminds me a little of Eric Allen that way). He has excellent ball skills as a WR and can track down the deep ball when it's in the air. He is not afraid to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic and he will fight for extra yardage. He is fearless as a KO and Punt Returner and can break long returns. He is a big play looking for a place to happen. He is already a fairly polished receiver. He may be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwe_5L8i5w

    WR Trey Kilgore (6'-2", 182 lbs.) - Tall, athletic, fast (4.5 forty) smooth striding WR in the Mark Dell mold. He can hit 2nd gear and blow past defenders. He is the best athlete on his HS team and played quite a bit @ QB as a Jr. for his HS team because his HS coach felt that gave his team the best chance of winning. Not sure how much he will play QB as a Sr. or how many reps he will get as a WR. With limited experience as a WR, he will benefit from college coaching to learn the nuances of being a WR at the next level but he has the potential to be a real deep threat and game changer. He does show good hands as a WR and can snatch the ball out of the air. He will be red-shirted.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd9LUsduTXE

    DT Devyn Salmon (6'-2", 282 lbs.) - He could continue to grow since he is still only 17 years old. He can anchor at the point of attack and does show explosion and quickness off the line of scrimmage. He plays with a high motor and pursues on plays away from him. He has strong, quick hands and keeps blockers from getting their hands on him and doesn't allow them to get into his body. At times, he shows the ability to make himself smaller and slide sideways between blockers and penetrate into the opponent's backfield (something Jerel Worthy is very adept at). He is similar in size to Jerel at the same stage of development but not quite as athletic as Jerel was. He should eventually work into the interior DL rotation and who knows what college level coaching will bring out in him since he has only played football since he was a Soph. in HS. He will be red-shirted to gain strength and learn the techniques of playing DT at the college level.
    Here are his Jr. highlights.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...player_embedded

    TE Dylan Chmura (6'-6", 225 lbs.) - MSU began recruiting him when he was a HS Soph. and stayed in contact with him even though he missed his Jr. season due to a knee injury. He has the frame to get much bigger and stronger working with Ken Mannie and the S & C staff. The MSU staff was impressed with his skill in blocking technique for a HS player, showing he knows how to use leverage and has good footwork. He has big hands and can snatch the ball out of the air. He is adept at running precise pass routes. He was the best TE prospect at MSU's Rising Stars Camp and stood out among a very solid group of TE prospects at this camp. He will be red-shirted.
    Note : This evaluation is based on his performance at MSU's camp.

    Note : All of these players are still only 17 years old, so they will continue to grow bigger and stronger throughout their HS careers.

  • Good update CBD. Would love you take on comparing Nick Thompkins vs. RJ Shelton. Seem like similar players, but Shelton just seems to be on a different planet than the guys he plays against.