Final Evaluation: Byron Bullough

Just days away from National Signing Day, Spartan Digest gives our final evaluations on the members of the 2014 Michigan State recruiting class. This is not a star ranking, but a look at a prospects overall physical ability and on field ability. We start with Byron Bullough.

The secret to the success Michigan State has enjoyed since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans football programs has been finding athletes who fit their style of play and by developing players who have yet to reach their full potential.

In our final evaluation series, we look at more than just highlight film as we evaluate athletic ability and future potential.

We work on a 1-to-5 scale in each area with five being the highest grade a prospect can receive.


Prospect needs major work in area: = 1
Prospect rough on the edges in area: = 2
Prospect is where he should be in area: = 3
Prospect shows major promise in area: = 4
Prospect is above average in area: = 5


Byron Bullough is listed one to two inches shorter than his older brothers currently on the Spartans roster at 6-foot-1. At 205-pounds, he's also a good 15-20 pounds less than his brothers as they entered MSU. This is not a major concern as we expect Bullough to continue growing physically and add the extra weight early in his career much like his brothers. Speed is not an issue as he's shown the ability to make plays on the offensive side of the ball was a running back. Grade: 3


This looks to be where the younger Bullough may have his brother's beat. On film you find a prospect with above average quickness and great body control and movement skills. Grade: 4


Bullough shows brute strength along with the ability to recoil from the upper and lower body to give him explosiveness which equals power. A natural bender, Bullough will enter MSU with the physical tools to compete and hold his own. Grade: 5


Rated as a safety (four-star No. 24 National Ranking), Bullough is like his older brothers having shown a nose for the ball on defense. Early in his career, we saw a prospect that played defensive back who has now grown into a player with the physical size and ability to play in the box. Linebacker is his future and with his overall skill set, Bullough will have no problem dropping into coverage at the college level. Grade: 4

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