Signing Day Capsule: Madre London

Florida running back brings well-rounded skill set to the backfield in East Lansing as a bigger back, but with quickness and pass-catching ability. Can he get on the field early?

Madre London – Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas running back

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds

strong>Commitment date: November 4, 2013

Why Michigan State:"When I went up on the visit, I just fell in love as soon as I went up there. Out of the three other schools I went to, I just felt like Michigan State was the best fit for me. It was just like home for me. I just felt like I can be the next big thing at Michigan State from Florida. It was a great experience for me, seeing all the fan base going crazy and the people in the community greeting you no matter who you are. It was just a great experience for me."

The Skinny

London set his sights on playing in the Big Ten early in his recruitment and Michigan State carried a big appeal for the Florida running back. He liked what Le'Veon Bell did and saw a school that likes to run the ball.

He is a complete back who runs with power and with long strides, but also is quick and fluid. His high school used him out of the backfield as a pass catcher as well and he has the size and frame to be a strong blocker, which is essential in the Michigan State offer.

The Spartans have nice depth at running back currently after bringing in Delton Williams and Gerald Holmes in the 2013 class. Williams played as a true freshman to complement Jeremy Langford, who will be a senior in 2014. Williams could move back to defense, but Holmes is there to make noise. London will play at around 220 pounds in college so the weight room will be his friend early, especially if he wants a shot at getting on the field quickly.

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