Film Study: Mufi Hunt

Taking a look at the film of the MSU commit that won't arrive in EL until 2017 after a two-year Mormon mission

Michigan State hit twice on signing day with defensive ends. The latter was a high upside prospect from Utah, Mufi Hunt.

The Salt Lake City Taylorsville defensive end committed to MSU over offers from the likes of BYU and Oregon State, but he will not arrive on campus until the summer of 2017.

Hunt will spend the next two years taking his Mormon mission then will arrive in East Lansing. When he does, here is what his game should look like:

THE GOOD

Hunt is comfortable in both standing up as a rush defensive end and with a hand in the ground. But no matter where he lines up, he shows the same skills.

His 6-foot-6 frame makes him very long – and when he doesn’t get into the backfield, he uses that size to be a disruption and gets his hands up in the passing lane. His athleticism is evident as he brings quickness into the backfield and is very slippery off blocks.

He again is another one of the long, basketball playing, athletic defensive ends that MSU has been hard after in the past couple classes. That is a mold Hunt fits perfectly.

THE BAD

Hunt is very thin, to put it lightly. He is 6-foot-6, 215 pounds at present and will be headed on a two-year mission. He told Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel that MSU strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie will have a workout plan for him to follow the next two years, but that also will depend on where he is sent.

As far as tackling goes, he is a solid wrap up tackler, but does not bring the oomph and power to his game. That will come with time and strength. He also lacks power moves to his game – again, something to do with strength.

Kimmel had this to say about Hunt's game:

Hunt has a great mix of length and athleticism. He is explosive off the edge and does a good job wreaking havoc in the backfield. If he is that effective at 210-215, imagine what that will look like at 250+...

There is one glaring hole in Hunt's game and that is strength. He has sound technique, uses his length to his advantage, and is very light on his feet. Hunt has the ability to make offensive tackles look silly. He is a solid basketball player (lower mid-major caliber wing) and that translates nicely to the gridiron. He is more fluid than the majority of 6-6 linemen.

That fluidity and quickness allows Hunt to drop into pass coverage on occasion and act as an outside linebacker during certain situations. It's not hard to imagine him at 6-6 235 playing outside backer or 6-6 280 playing the 3-tech. He has size and athleticism that can't be taught and that's what got the Michigan State staff so interesting in the Utah native.


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