Final Evaluation: Jalen Watts-Jackson

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.

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

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


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