Final Evaluation: T.J. Harrell

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


The perfect physical size to be a high level player, T.J. Harrell is blessed with great speed and a frame that can get bigger and stronger without losing his speed or overall athletic ability. Grade: 4


The balance of a running back with quick feet and great agility, Harrell brings the blance to stop on a dime, make a cut and accelerate. Grade: 4


Great overall body flexibility and natural strength make Harrell one of the more explosive players in the Spartans 2014 recruiting class. Grade: 4


The wait for Harrell's commitment was well worth it as he's brings high skill levels on both sides of the football. MSU will have to make a decision with the Florida native as he's good enough to be a major contributor on either side of the ball and is only starting to reach his future potential. While we fully expect Harrell to start his career on the defensive side of the ball, just watching his offensive film makes you wonder what type of stats he could post as a feature back in the Spartans pounding running game. Grade: 5

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