Breaking Down Joel Heath

This past weekend Spartan Digest caught Michigan State verbal pledge Joel Heath in action. How good did Heath look? We have a complete breakdown on the future defensive lineman.

Joel Heath has gone from a player many had questions about to one earning a 4-star ranking from  Why has Heath seen his stock rise?  Here is our breakdown of the 6-foot-6, 255-pound product of Cincinnati (Ohio) Mt. Healthy High School.

Height – Weight – Speed

There is no mistaking Heath's physical size.  Heath is a least 6-foot-5, and looks as if he still has room to grow.  Built with a long frame, Joel will be one of those kids who will enter a college weight program and excel.  Heath ran a 4.7 forty at MSU camp and in pads looks just as fast.  The one area Joel excels is getting his hands up and blocking passes at the line of scrimmage.

Quickness – Agility – Balance

For a player of his size, Joel Heath shows great agility, balance and the quickness to play on the edge and create havoc.  While Joel only shows one or two moves coming off the edge, the way he is able to dip his shoulder and get a step on an offensive tackle is special.

Body Flexibility

A natural bender, Heath has the body to play on the edge and could grow to an inside player with great explosion.  Even if Heath adds about 30-pounds, I fully expect him to stay on the edge.

Strength – Explosion

What really stands out when watching Joel Heath is his ability to recoil from both his upper and lower body.  While Heath has brute strength and is able to use his strength to shed blockers, he also has the finesse to attack the outside or inside shoulder.

Joel Heath is not a finished product and will continue to improve once he gets to college.  Heath has the speed and closing ability to finish and make tackles from sideline-to-sideline. 

He does a solid job of fighting off double teams in run defense but excels in getting to the quarterback with his first step and ability to separate from the tackle.  In the game we watched, Joel did a great job of placing pressure on the quarterback to rush his throws while blocking several passes at the line.

There are times when we watch players and question what a coaching staff saw to make an offer.  Joel Heath is not one of those players and stands out as one of the best players on the field.  The last time I watched a player with this much upside, was Jerel Worthy during his senior season of high school.

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