Final Evaluation: Montez Sweat

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.


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


A multiple sport standout, Montez Sweat is the type of athlete Mark Dantonio loves to being into a college strength program and see flourish. Great length with a frame that will add solid weight, Sweat's speed may not be truly known. But all the physical tools are there for the Georgia native to play on either side of the ball at the college level. Grade: 4


In watching film on the basketball court, you can see why the Spartans fought to get the former Vanderbilt pledge in the fold. The agility and balance are there and you can see from his hoops film he's got the quick twitch you look for from a player with above average quickness. Grade: 3


The flexibility is there to build a player with a strong base who not only has brute strength, but explosiveness that converts into real power on the field. Grade: 4


All the physical tools are there for the Spartans to mold Sweat into a high level player. There is a certain risk factor in taking a player like Sweat who is going from basketball hopeful to future football standout. However, this is the type of player who has the growth potential to play beyond the college game. Will he stay a tight end or does he grow into a long frame defensive end? Only time will tell for sure. Grade: 3

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