Final Evaluation: Gerald Owens

National Signing Day is here and 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

Very hard player to grade as Gerald Owens is listed at 6-foot-2, 270-pounds as a fullback. While he may not have breakaway speed, he's got enough to get yards as a power back at the college level. Height allows for the extra weight, however, we feel there will be some word done to get him more in the 240-250-pound range. Grade: 2

QUICKNESS, AGILITY & BALANCE

Despite the issues above, we like what we've seen in all three areas as Owens is a special player who can carry the extra weight without losing his quick feet while also showing he's got above average balance and solid agility. Grade: 4

STRENGTH, EXPLOSION & BODY FLEXIBILTY

What is going to happen when Owens gets in a college weight program? We expect big things as he already shows solid flexibility with pure brute strength in a frame that will become more explosive in the future. Grade: 3

ON FIELD FUTURE PROJECTIONS

This will be one of the prospects to keep an eye on as Michigan State looks to have a major upgrade at the fullback position. Owens could be a very special fullback who is used for more than just blocking in the Spartans offense. All the tools are there for Owens to be a special and unique player at the college level. Now he just needs to continue working hard and not get down with the lower amount of carries. Grade: 4


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