Camp Recap: MSU June 14 Defense

A strong group of linebackers highlighted the camp, while some defensive backs helped themselves and had strong showings, too. Looking at the standouts from Saturday.

2015 ATH Khari Willis – Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi

The newest Michigan State commit called his recruitment off early in the camp and then showed good instincts through 7 on 7. He is a fluid athlete who just had the ability to read the play unfolding in front of him well. He got some coaching from Mark Dantonio during 7 on 7, as well. He could be a linebacker in the future at MSU, but it appears he will start at safety.

2015 CB Tyrone Miller – Saline (Mich.)

Miller was one of the best corners on the day. He showed good press coverage skills and maintained a good physical nature downfield. He reportedly ran in the 4.45-range in this 40-yard dash and has good football speed. He picked up two offers after camp after a very good performance.

2017 CB Jamyest Williams – Lawrenceville (Ga.) Arthur

At a camp featuring plenty of underclassmen, Williams impressed me most. Not the biggest at around 5-foot-8, Williams plays big and can cover anyone. He turned his hips and could run downfield easily. A wide receiver could rarely get separation on the small, but scrappy and physical corner. He holds seven offers and surely is a name to know in the future.

2016 LB Jonathon Cooper – Lincoln (Ohio) Gahanna

Cooper is as good a physical specimen as was at the camp. He probably will be a defensive end at the next level – maybe – but Saturday he was strong at linebacker. He has quick hips and change of direction, with long arms and great skills. If he doesn't have an MSU offer soon, it would be pretty surprising.

2015 LB Markus Bailey – Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson

Not the strongest tester, Bailey is just a good football player. He has good college linebacker size already, just needing to add a little weight. He had to sit out the 7 on 7 portion with cramps, but still put on a decent showing as a potential outside backer.

2015 LB Bryce Jenkinson – Greenville (Ohio)

Jenkinson posted great test numbers, but plays tight in coverage and it showed. His upper body was tense, as were his hips. Still, from a physical testing and physical stature standpoint, Jenkinson was as good as any in attendance.

2015 LB Troy Henderson – Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward

Henderson was impressive in 7 on 7 especially with his ability to communicate and command players he is not used to playing with. He has the mold of a STAR linebacker at Michigan State and showed the coverage skills that such players have, too. He had a good day.

2016 DE Khalid Kareem – Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison

The impressive underclassmen is still getting into the camp circuit, but showed well. He is rangy and strong, using his arms and hands well. He has the makings of a high-end prospect.

2015 CB Sheldon Doss – U of D Jesuit

Doss has great size at cornerback and plays tough. He showed well, but lacks the speed to play at the Big Ten level it appears. Still, he helped himself in front of a lot of other coaches Saturday.

2015 CB Trevon Avery – Grand Blanc (Mich.)

The younger brother of former Michigan player Courtney Avery was solid. He is a good cover corner that mirrors routes well.

2015 LB Alex Hart – Prior Lake (Minn.)

A big linebacker, he worked out inside throughout 7 on 7 and ran well for a guy of his size. Like Henderson, he commanded things pretty well and the pair worked well together.

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