SMSB Recap: Michigan State Edition (Day Two)

Running backs and linebackers put on a good show Friday on the second day of Sound Mind Sound Body, led by players with Michigan State offers in Martell Pettaway and Tyriq Thompson.

2016 RB Martell Pettaway – St. Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake

The young running back who holds an early Michigan State offer showed why he grabbed the Spartans attention. He has a great burst and quick first step, but it is his willingness to be physical – even in one on ones without pads – that is his strength. He plays low to the ground, so his pad level in game action is a good thing. His change of direction is good while his hands need a little bit of work. He had a very good second day and should see more offers coming his way soon.

2015 LB Tyriq Thompson – Detroit (Mich.) King

Thompson had his second straight strong day at Sound Mind Sound Body. He has a great deal of athleticism downfield and can run with any of the running backs he went against, which included Pettaway. He reads everything well and takes off toward the play, which he pursues fluidly. Thompson also ran a couple routes out of the backfield and won downfield. Turns out, King will use him in the backfield some this fall. He is coy about his recruitment these days, but the belief still holds that MSU leads and if the Spartans land his commitment, it will be a great get. He and Kyonta Stallworth have a great rapport and act like they will be playing together ultimately.

2016 ATH Daelin Hayes – Orchard Lake St. Mary's

Hayes is just a flat out talented football player. In the past week, I've seen him run routes at wide out, work out at running back, cover at linebacker and do all of it well. He moves as well as anyone can at his size, running downfield with ease and making plays in space on offense and covering naturally against running backs. He is going to be highly coveted more and more as time goes along and it is clear why when you see him do anything football-related.

2016 QB Mikale Washington – Detroit (Mich.) King

Washington was good at MSU a couple weeks ago at the one-day camp and looked good again at Sound Mind Sound Body. He has a good arm, moving his feet well and combines those skills to be a good, accurate thrower on the run. He will play his first season at King this fall after transferring from San Diego and is a name to watch moving forward.

2016 QB Malik Henry – Westlake (Calif.) Thousand Oaks

As highly touted as a sophomore quarterback can be, Henry holds plenty of offers already. He does not have a Michigan State offer yet, but will be visiting Saturday and that could change then or in the near future. Henry is a very fluid passer, but still rather small right now. As he fills out, he should be a very good one. The conditions weren't ideal to throw Friday, but he still showed good zip on the ball.

2015 RB Romello Ross – Detroit (Mich.) Western

The Central Michigan commitment was right with Pettaway as the best running backs – if not better. He did not lose a one on one in the time I spent watching and was electric. It would be a surprise if his offer list does not grow into the Big Ten at some point because he plays with great speed and a strong amount of shiftiness.

2015 OL Kyonta Stallworth – Detroit (Mich.) King

Stallworth did not work out on Friday, but was decked out in Michigan State gear from head to toe. Topping it off was a Rose Bowl Champs hat. For those who have wondered if he will stay solid to the Spartans … he is showing no indication of wavering.

2016 DE Andre Gregory – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

The least notable player at this time to make this list, Gregory was pretty good in one on ones. His lengthy is great as he worked out at linebacker in one on ones. His ability to cover and move his hips well is going to translate well as he moves forward. It won't be a surprise to see him be a BCS player down the road.


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