SD Quick Take: Jamal Lyles

With National Signing Day this week, we continue looking at those players who have given the Spartans a verbal pledge. Here is Spartan Digest take on Jamal Lyles.

The past couple of recruiting classes has seen Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff go after long athletic types on the defensive side of the ball. Jamal Lyles continues this trend in the Class of 2012.

WHAT TO LIKE

A player who stands 6-foot-3 at the linebacker position is just what the doctor ordered in the Class of 2012 for Michigan State and delivered in the Lyles. A player capable of playing on both sides of the football, Lyles should get his first look as an outside linebacker giving the Spartans depth. Lyles is athletic and does a great job of changing direction. He is also solid in pass coverage while being able to stop the run. We would not be surprised to see Lyles take a year in the Spartans strength program to get stronger and expect to hear great things about him in 2012 on the scout team.

WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU

On film Lyles struggles at time shedding blockers off his lean frame. However, a redshirt year will help add some bulk and strength to his long, lean frame and by year two he'll give the Spartans depth on the defensive side of the ball.

BOTTOM LINE

Very solid pickup for the Spartans, Lyles gives MSU a player who is smart and has shown great instincts to go with the knack of making plays. While we don't see Lyles being at the same stage of development as Taiwan Jones was this past season, we do see a player who by year two should be expected to be a key backup and special teams player giving MSU great depth.


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