Final Evaluation: Darius Slade

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


With the perfect frame to build on, Darius Slade at a listed 6-foot-4, 230-pounds shows above average speed coming off the edge. However, there is much work needed before the New Jersey native will be ready to battle in the Big Ten. The main tools are there, but some refinement is needed as he looks to add more weight to his frame. Grade: 3


Slade shows solid agility and balance and good enough quickness to be a player the Spartans will develop into a solid player. Grade: 3


We like the overall flexibility and brute strength shown by Slade. However, he will need to learn how to take his flexibility and become more explosive from his hips to generate even more power. Grade: 3


The tools are there for Slade to grow physically to the size needed to play on the edge or even make a move inside if needed. While raw, Slade shows signs of greatness along with his rawness as a young player. Technique work is needed in several areas before we should expect to see him on the field of play. But all the tools are there for him to grow into a solid player when he is able to use his natural skills with the technique he'll learn in the coming years. Grade: 3

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