Film Study: Raequan Williams

Michigan State picked up commitment No. 15 for the class of 2015 on Friday night. SpartanDigest takes a look at the film of the latest player to join the class in defensive tackle Raequan Williams

It had been a while since Michigan State picked up a commitment, but that ended Friday night when Chicago DePaul defensive tackle Raequan Williams picked the Spartans.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive lineman is No. 15 in the class of 2015.

SpartanDigest takes a look at his abilities and what he brings to the Spartans:

THE GOOD

Williams is big. Flat out, he jumps out on film because of his size alone. But he plays with the athleticism of someone smaller.

After just a few plays on his film, it is clear that Williams plays with a lot of quickness on his feet. He moves fluidly and covers a lot of ground in pursuit. He has solid change of direction ability in pursuit as well.

His strength is evident right away. He overpowers blockers and drives downfield into the backfield with relative ease. But it comes back to his size at 6-6, 280, which has him with long arms, high athleticism and a lot of raw skills to be a very solid player at the next level.

THE BAD

He shows some flashes of good moves on film, but there is a definite need for more consistency in his technique. That centers on the use of his hands, as for the most part, he just drives offensive linemen back with his raw strength and abilities.

Williams has a good burst sometimes off the line, but others it is no as strong. His pad level also will need improvement, which is something that can happen when relying on strength more often than not.

Here is what Scout.com’s Allen Trieu had to say about Williams:

”Raw, but very talented, Williams has a lot of upside. He reminds me some of MSU freshman Malik McDowell, although he's not quite the freak McDowell is, he has similar talents. We elevated Williams after seeing what he did as a senior and I really believe he's one of the most talented prospects in the Midwest. Given MSU's ability to develop linemen who weren't viewed quite as the athlete he is coming out of high school, I would not bet against him developing into a very good player for the Spartans.”


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