Film Study: Madre London

MSU picked up a commitment from a Florida running back, but what are the Spartans getting? Breaking down film and talking with

Michigan State loves bigger running backs and it landed a player who has the potential to be a feature back for the Spartans.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla). standout Madre London picked the Spartans on Monday over a host of offers, but finalists of Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois.

The good: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound back gives MSU a running back who has the skills to be a contributor in every facet of the game.

The first thing that jumps off London's highlights is the long strides and smooth running ability when he hits a gap. It also makes for deceptive speed, even though he isn't a burner.

He also is very tough going in between the tackles and breaks through tackles relatively easily with the size to push the pile and move defenders back.

MSU also has to like London's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and they fact he can be split out wide to make plays in the passing game -- a la Le'Veon Bell.

The bad:St. Thomas Aquinas is a powerhouse and rolls over teams. Watching his tape, more of than not the offensive line has opened massive holes and London has room to run immediately. It might not be the best indication of what he can do when there is less space.

There isn't much tape on London blocking, given that it's a highlight tape. No way to be sure of his blocking ability, but you can assume with time in a college weight room to fill out and learn the whole offense, he would be a solid blocker with his size.

Scout.com analyst Jamie Newberg had this to say about London:

"There is so much to like about London. He has a nice combination of size, speed and power. He's really at his best when running between the tackles because he's a tough inside runner who can break tackles or make a move in the hole and find daylight. London can also rip off runs on the perimeter. He's not overly fast and wouldn't be considered a speed demon but he has enough speed. He's smooth and deceptive in that department. London is an ideal fit for many of the Big 10 offenses, especially what they run at Michigan State. In time he should bulk up and be a powerful runner in East Lansing. This kid will show the ability to take on and defeat defenders. I truly believe, barring injury, he can be a heavy carry, every-down back for the Spartans. This was a very good pull for that coaching staff from South Florida."


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