Michigan State has continued to recruit the state of Ohio aggressively under head coach Mark Dantonio, and the Spartans have landed another prospect from the state.
Justice Alexander, 6-foot-6, 245-pounds, is the latest Spartan after committing to Michigan State Sunday afternoon.
WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? First off, Justice Alexander passes the eye test with ease, and has the look of an NFL player right now. He has excellent athleticism for some 6-foot-6, 245-pounds, and is only going to better as he gains experience. He has a very long wingspan, and could also play offensive tackle at the collegiate level. He should easily get to 275-pounds in a short while, and play strong-side defensive end. He is a very late bloomer, is extremely raw, and his best football is ahead of him. These are the types of kids Michigan State gets the most out of, and a redshirt year would not surprise me at all.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Alexander has not played a lot of quality football to date. He was just learning the game last season after a transfer, and played at 210-pounds. His film from last fall does not tell the story of who Justice Alexander is today, and it's not all that impressive. He will need coached up at the college level, and Michigan State has proven to be as good as anyone at developing talent. This is a very inexperienced football player, and a prospect that needs reps to catch up. Alexander does have all the tools to be a major success at Michigan State.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? This is a player that only became a top recruit a few months ago, so there is no sense of entitlement we sometimes see in highly ranked recruits. Alexander is just getting a taste of what success can bring him, so he should be a player that comes to Michigan State hungry and motivated. He has a great skill set, and he is coming to a program that is famous for evaluation and development, so this is a good fit for both parties.
WHO DOES ALEXANDER COMPARE TO? You hate to make a comparison to a great player, but Alexander has a similar body type and skill set to Will Gholston at the same age. Alexander is way behind from a football sense when both were heading into their senior seasons, but he compares athletically and from a size perspective. Time will tell if he can reach the level of Gholston.