Film Study: Tyler Higby

Michigan State picked up a big commitment from a Texas OL last week. We take a look at his film and what he brings to the Spartans

Michigan State picked up a second commitment from the state of Texas on Wednesday night as Tyler Higby joined the Spartans class.

The Houston (Texas) Kinkaid offensive lineman picked the Spartans over a host of other offers, including LSU, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Miami. takes a look at the 11th commit of the 2015 class:

The Good

Higby, at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, is a punishing blocker at the point of contact. He makes very tough, hard contact with his initial punch and drives defenders back.

What makes him such a tough offensive lineman is how he carries his weight. Higby is pretty light on his feet and has a good frame. This allows him to use his upper body strength to be an effective blocker.

He looks at his best when he is moving forward in run blocking, as he drives into blocks and gets downfield. He has a good degree of athleticism and quick feet.

It is easy to see how he could wind up being a nice right tackle at the next level, if a few things are corrected, but he also has the ability to a solid guard.

The Bad

Playing left tackle is not likely in Higby’s future at the next level, but that is what he plays at Kinkaid. His struggle right now is playing too high, which is not a hindrance to his game at the high school level because he is bigger and stronger than most of the players he is blocking.

It is correctable, but he needs to play with a lower pad level. He also is not particularly quick in his drop step – another correctable issue. Right now, he plays better moving forward than sideways or backward in a slide step.

There are points where Higby does not get to a block immediately and waits for the player to come within his arms' reach. There needs to be a little bit more aggressiveness and tenacity at points in his game.

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