The Rundown: Tyree Stone-Davis

Illinois has been recruiting the offensive side of the ball hard in 2014, but adding Tyree Stone-Davis to the defense could be a shot in the arm at a critical position that's lacked consistency.

Illinois added a playmaker at the defensive back position in Tyree Stone-Davis. Now we take a look at what to expect once he gets to Illinois.

At first glance…

Stone-Davis catches your eye right away with his aggressive play. At the same time, he doesn't over-pursue when chasing down the ball carrier. He likes to hit hard, but can also wrap up.

What he already has…

Stone-Davis has plus level athleticism, which allows him to make adjustments and counter an offensive player's moves. His length really gives him a range advantage on the perimeter and helps him shut down screen plays when playing zone.

What he still needs to do…

As aggressive as he is, I'd like to see him be more physical at the line of scrimmage and jam receivers to throw off the timing on routes. He has the tools to do it, but especially since he likes to match up against an opponent's best receiver, having that element in his arsenal would be valuable.

What's yet to be seen…

I hate to sound like a broken record here, but the same goes with any junior college player who heads to a major conference. How will Stone-Davis handle the transition from the junior college ranks to the Big Ten. Physically, he's one of the more well-prepared prospects, but a lot of that transition is mental, and the playbook will likely be a lot more complex.

What he brings to Illinois…

Illinois' passing defense had their fair share of struggles last season, and the jury is still out on how the back end of the defense will look this year. Having a guy who can physically hold down the boundary corner position is a big plus for a defense with a mix of defensive backs.

Where he fits in at Illinois…

Assuming he can make the transition over the course of the spring, there's a very good chance Stone-Davis could play his first fall in Champaign. Illinois has corners V'Angelo Bentley and Eaton Spence, but beyond those two, the rest of the roster is young. Guys like Darius Mosely and Jaylen Dunlap may see some action by the time Stone-Davis gets to campus, but he has the edge on those two physically, especially for the boundary position.


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