Film Study: Khari Willis

We take a look at the Michigan State commit from Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi, who figures to start his career in the secondary once he arrives in East Lansing.

Michigan State has been on a hot streak of commitments lately, but the first came two weekends ago at camp when Khari Willis committed.

At the time, the Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi brought he class to five members and was the first true "athlete" recruit in the class.

We take a look at his game and what he brings to Michigan State:

The good: Willis is a good all-around athlete that has a solid head on his shoulders – both on and off the field. On the field, he has good vision and good instincts.

His best position in high school is as a running back, where he follows blocks well, sees the gaps and hits it with decent authority. He is tough to bring down and is a strong runner.

Defensively is where he projects at the next level, with the word around Michigan State being he will start in the secondary. He plays more linebacker at Lumen Christi, where he is used coming off the edge to blitz plenty and has good pursuit of the quarterback. He sheds blocks well and hits hard. His change of direction works well for him and he again shows good instincts.

At MSU's camp in the secondary, Willis showed good hips and change of direction – as well as good hands through drills. He is unrefined at the spot, but improved throughout the day. All-around, MSU pulled a player that fits its "football player" mold of a recruit.

The bad: Willis is not the most explosive athlete in any facet of the game. He does not have elite speed and his testing numbers at MSU's camps were good but not great. But as mentions in the good, what makes the difference in his game is that he makes up for not being explosive with being smart and having a good mind for the game.

As mentioned above, in the secondary, he is a little bit unrefined in technique. Adjusting from playing closer to the line to playing in the secondary will be his big adjustment at the next level, assuming the staff still desires to keep him playing safety initially.


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