Film Study: Tyson Smith

Breaking down the newest addition to the 2015 Michigan State class and there is plenty to like about the cornerback and what he will bring to the Spartans.

If there is one area that Michigan State fans never have to doubt in recruiting its defensive backs and that certainly is the case with Tyson Smith, who committed Wednesday.

Spartan Digest takes a look at what type of player Michigan State is getting in Smith:

The good: The Orchard Lake St Mary's junior is a class Spartan cornerback and provides exactly what they want on the field.

Smith is solid in press man coverage and shows the ability to stick right with his man going down field.

He does a great job with his hips to stay in front of his defender and then run downfield side by side. Perhaps the most impressive thing is his ability to make a play on the ball.

The bad: Smith's highlights don't have a lot of run defense clips. He has the size to be a player in run defense, but there has to be a willingness to come up and hit.

Once his junior highlights are out, it will show a little bit more about Smith and where he is right now.

Scout.com's Midwest analyst Allen Trieu had this to say about Smith:

"I think Tyson is a great fit for Michigan State. He has the size and length to be the next in a great recent line of physical corners they have had. He's a good athlete with good ball skills. I think it's always great to take a bigger corner, not only to match up with bigger receivers, but also, if corner does not work out, he can play safety. I think his overall athleticism has been underappreciated, but I think best of all is that he has the attributes to be able to play Spartan style defense."


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