Jalen Watts-Jackson – Orchard Lake (Mich.) St Mary's cornerback
Height, weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Commitment date: June 19, 2013
Why Michigan State: "I was always interested in Michigan State and always liked the way they played. I like their defense and it's cool how the coaches are, that's what really brought me on to the school."
Michigan State received a commitment on the day of its one-day senior camp in June from Vayante Copeland. Across the field, Watts-Jackson was working to get an offer and he received it a couple days later.
The Spartans worked out Watts-Jackson primarily at cornerback, but he spent a little time at safety in 7 on 7 and impressed there as well.
Watts-Jackson brings explosive jumping ability first and foremost. He ability to go up and make a play on the ball is impressive, and given his length, it's a huge asset in the secondary.
A redshirt would make sense to allow him to bulk up and learn the defense, which already features plenty of talent at cornerback.
Coming from a strong school in Orchard Lake St Marys, he also is the first of a few top targets for MSU in the coming years. His teammate, 2015 cornerback Tyson Smith, already is committed, while offers are out to a 2016 and 2017 recruit as well.
He was named first-team all-state in Divisions 3/4.