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
At 5-foot-11, Jalen Watts-Jackson has the length you want from a cover corner. Listed at 175-pounds, he'll need to add weight going forward. Biggest question is his overall speed. Grade: 3
QUICKNESS, AGILITY & BALANCE
While speed is the main question, you can't question his quickness and ability to use great balance and agility to make plays. Quicker than fast but has the tools needed to continue solid growth. Grade: 4
STRENGTH, EXPLOSION & BODY FLEXIBILTY
Physical strength will be added in the future but his flexibility makes his a prospect worth keeping an eye on going forward during his career. Grade: 4
ON FIELD FUTURE PROJECTIONS
Another player who has shown promise on both sides of the ball, Watts-Jackson is the type of player the Spartans have built into one of the Big Ten's top programs. Hard worker that shows solid ball skills who will compete at a high level to get on the field. Grade: 4