Final Evaluation: Vayante Copeland

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 now look at four-star prospect Vayante Copeland.

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.

SPARTAN DIGEST GRADING SCALE

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

HEIGHT, WEIGHT & SPEED

There is no questioning the speed Vayante Copeland brings to the field as he's got track speed. His height is great to be a high level corner and he'll add some weight once he's on campus and in the Spartans strength program. Grade: 5

QUICKNESS, AGILITY & BALANCE

With cat like balance, Copeland's agility and quickness is second to none. A player who could just as easy play on the offensive side of the ball, Copeland will have the Spartans coaching staff fighting over him. Grade: 5

STRENGTH, EXPLOSION & BODY FLEXIBILTY

Stronger than most players of his physical size, there is still work needed in the strength department. However, the explosiveness is there and his overall body flexibility is second to none. Grade: 4

ON FIELD FUTURE PROJECTIONS

It will be interesting to see if the Spartans look to use Copeland on special teams early in his career. His ability to be a high level cover corner makes him an important part of the class and an extra year of growth and work on technique would be great to see. All things point to Copeland having a high level college career. Grade: 4


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