Film Study: Kaleel Gaines

We take a look at the film of the Spartans' athletic, versatile commitment from Frostproof (Fla.) and see a lot to like about his potential at Michigan State

Michigan State has been dipping into states all across the country in the 2015 recruiting cycle and it tapped in to Florida last week.

Frostproof (Fla.) defensive back Kaleel Gaines picked the Spartans over offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.

We take a look at his film to see what the Spartans are getting in Gaines:

The Good

Gaines’ film is as much a mixtape of highlights as you will see. He lines up at running back, slot receiver, out wide, safety, cornerback and now will play quarterback this year.

This much is clear: When he gets the ball in his hands, things happen. Gaines has a great burst and is explosive across the field. From swing passes to screens to handoffs to deep balls, he is a threat.

He shows good balance and speed on offense, especially when he gets in the open field. On the other side of the ball, Gaines is a hitter with instincts at safety. He likes the idea of playing cornerback and from his film, he looks to have the speed and mind to do it as he has a strong understanding of the game. He sticks opposing players with a lot of force when he gets the chance to lay a hit.

The instincts are displayed on both sides of the ball, as he shows natural recognition of when to change his route to make a better play on the ball.

The Bad

Gaines runs strong, hits strong and plays all-around strong, but he needs to be stronger physically. He is not quite college-ready physically, but that is a quick fix in a weight room with Ken Mannie.

It is hardly a negative, but what position does Gaines play at the next level? Once that is settled, he is going to be an impact player in East Lansing because of so much natural ability.

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