The Rundown: Tyrin Stone-Davis

Illinois landed an important commitment from a junior college receiver on Tuesday. After studying the film, we take a closer look at the impact we expect him to have at Illinois.

Let's take a closer look at the newest Illinois commit Tyrin Stone-Davis.

At first glance…

Stone-Davis has a lot of the physical tools to be a go-to outside receiver at the college level. His combination of size and speed make him a mismatch for smaller corners. He's a strider, so once he gets behind his man, he quickly creates separation.

What he already has…

Stone-Davis accelerates very well for a guy his size. He usually gets up to speed after only two to three steps and has great body control in his routes. His route running is one of the more impressive aspects of his game. He can not only execute on a post route, but also can run the short and intermediate routes crisply.

What he still needs to do…

One thing I noticed watching his film is that he doesn't always catch the ball away from his body. That won't typically hurt him when he's open, but in traffic on a fast pass, that could potentially lead to a drop or deflection and interception by the defense. If he can improve his hands a bit and learn to snatch the ball away from his body more effectively, he'll be a much more dangerous threat in traffic.

What's yet to be seen…

There's no doubt that Stone-Davis has the potential to be a physical player, but his film doesn't show much of him having to beat jam coverage at the line of scrimmage. The defensive backs in the Big Ten will give him a hard time at the line of scrimmage, and he'll need to prove he can fight through that and get open.

What he brings to Illinois…

Stone-Davis is the type of receiver that Illinois has been lacking when it comes to installing a pass-heavy offense. Over the last couple of years, Illinois has landed some good slot receivers, but the outside receiver position hasn't had that deep threat that can also go up and get it. With Stone-Davis now committed, Illinois is adding a strong complementary receiver to slot receivers like Martize Barr, Mike Dudek, and others.

Where he fits in at Illinois…

A quick look at the depth chart this year, especially at the outside receiver positions, shows that Stone-Davis has a real chance of making an early impact. Ryan Lankford, Steve Hull, and Spencer Harris all graduate after the 2013 season, and the only other player with any significant playing experience at the outside receiver position is sophomore Justin Hardee. If Stone-Davis can fight off the group of freshmen Illinois brought in this summer, he could become a go-to guy for his quarterback as soon as he steps on campus.


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