SMSB Recap: Michigan State Edition

Breaking down some Michigan State targets on hand at Thursday's Sound Mind Sound Body camp, highlighted by some younger defensive linemen.

2017 DE Luiji Vilain – Lester B. Pearson (Ontario)

Vilian was a standout in the defensive line group Thursday, showcasing his quick feet and sound footwork. His burst and first step was as good as there was going through drills throughout the day. He has a good frame that projects well to the next level as he adds weight. Michigan State was impressed with him at its one-day camp a couple weeks ago and will look to be a player in his recruitment.

2015 DE D'Andre Walker – Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes

Walker was as physically impressive as any defensive end in attendance on the day. Making his way all the way up from Georgia, Walker showcased himself as quite the player. He has extremely long arms and a scary combination of athleticism and size. He weighs in the 210-215 range, but when he bulks up, he has the makings of a terror off the edge. He will be visiting Michigan State while he is up here.

2015 DL Jashon Cornell – Minneapolis (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall

Cornell could draw some comparisons to current Spartan Lawrence Thomas in his ability to play anywhere on the defensive line, which he could in the future. Boasting a much bigger build than he had a year ago at Sound Mind Sound Body, Cornell appears to be learning how to utilize the added weight to his advantage. Primarily running through 1 on 1's out of his defensive end spot, Cornell was very good using his hands and deceptive speed to beat offensive tackles off the edge. Without pads bull rushing is certainly frowned upon in 1 on 1's but it was very obvious Cornell will be able to standup those opposing him on the offensive line, something he may not have been capable of in the past.

2017 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher – Saint Joseph (Mich.)

It was my first time seeing Malone-Hatcher in person and he was pretty good. The 2017 defensive end has a good build already at 6-3, 225 and moved around well through drills. He is still waiting on his first offer, but figures to be a good prospect through time.

2017 DE Johnathan Berghorst – Zeeland (Mich.) East

The 2017 prospect Berghorst is an interesting prospect. He is big already heightwise and moves pretty well. He still is figuring out just how big he is, so as he fills out and grows into his frame – and he might not be done at 6-3 – he could be a freak prospect. His strongest asset at present is how well he uses his arms and how hard he works on his technique.

2017 DE Willie Rodgers – Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill

Another 2017 in-state defensive end, Rodgers has a lot of upside as a kid who is long, tall and plays well with his size.

2015 OT Jamie Herr - Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy

Easily the most physical offensive lineman competing Thursday, Herr brought a nastiness and edge to the non-padded drills and one on one portion of the day. Very strong and able to get his hands engaged quickly on defensive lineman, Herr routinely pushed back the opposition, giving a little extra shove after the whistle that had the coaches very excited. For such a big kid Herr's footwork has improved significantly as well.

2015 LB Tyriq Thompson – Detroit (Mich.) King

The first thing was his burst when he sees the football. He drives on the football extremely well on passes in front of him. Physically he is in outstanding shape and may be close to his peak in that regard, so packing on much more weight or muscle might slow him down. As it stands he may have been the fastest linebacker in a straight line. The scuttlebutt lately is he is a Michigan State lean, and that was certainly the word throughout the camp.

2015 S Dior Johnson – Southfield (Mich.)

Johnson was impressive in the one on one portion, showing solid cover skills for a safety. At 6-2, he plays long and uses his size to make good plays on the ball. He has an outstanding leaping interception over a receiver, showing off those good ball skills. His offer list is lesser than it should be, as Cincinnati is the lone school outside the MAC to have offered him.

2016 TE Naseir Upshur – Philadelphia Imhotep

He isn't the biggest tight end at around 6-2, but he plays physically and could be a good H-back type player at the next level. That much was clear when watching him overpower DBs charged with stopping him. When it came to hands and route running he looked like he belonged with the receivers. He is not a blazer, but he can make a move after the catch. He visited Michigan State on Friday.

2015 WR Grant Perry – Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice

Perry was one of the best wide receivers on the first day of camp. He showed a good combination of size and speed, but might lack enough of either one to be a Michigan State-type player. He was pretty solid in one on ones, clicking well with his high school quarterback, Alex Malzone, naturally.

2016 WR Donnie Corley – Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt

Corley has been solid both times I have seen him so far this summer. He is tall and high points the ball pretty well. He needs to add bulk to his frame, but he has all the raw skills to be a good receiver at the next level. He added a Toledo offer to a list that already includes Illinois and others.

**Other reporters contributed to this recap.

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