Cincinnati Combine Report: Spartan Prospects

On Saturday, Under Armour and Scout.com took this year's combine series to Cincinnati. A number of the midwest's top prospects were in attendance, several of whom have received scholarship offers or heavy interest from the Spartans. Here is how some of MSU's top targets fared.

CINCINNATI, OH -- The man of the afternoon was Avon's Montez Robinson. The 6'4, 230-lb defensive end clocked a blazing 4.43 forty time and followed that up with an equally impressive 4.28 shuttle. Already holding an offer from Michigan State, Robinson said he will look south into SEC country, but also reported that the Hoosiers remain one of his top choices.

Two players who were very impressive were Chris Williams, a wide receiver from Winton Woods (OH) and Detroit Cass Tech's class of 2010 cornerback Dior Mathis. Williams made leaping grab after leaping grab over top of defenders. His ball skills are superb and he also showed a competitive side and some big play flair.

Mathis only allowed one completion and showed super athleticism, hips and make up speed. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in aggressiveness and technique. He has come a long way since we saw him first last summer.

Those two dominated the 1-1s and finally had a chance to match up late in the session. Mathis pressed Williams off his route and tipped the pass to himself for an interception. Afterwards, the two had a brief conversation and MSU was brought up, so stay tuned on them.

An in-state wide receiver who has visited the Spartans a couple times was Jamonne Chester. The erratic quarterback play made it difficult to get a good read on Jamonne today, but he has great size and good athleticism.

Speaking of athletes, how about Dearborn Fordson's Ali Alaboody. He tested through the roof running a 4.4 forty, a 4.1 shuttle and notching a vertical jump of 38.5 inches and a 10-4 broad jump. Then he torched the competition in 1-1s. Already planning to camp at Michigan State, Alaboody can play cornerback or running back. A similar performance in East Lansing could earn him a green and white offer.

Another player who was heavily talked about was Ben Davis lineman Jordan Stepp. At 6'0, 280-lbs, Stepp ran a 4.62 in the forty. He could be a center, guard or defensive tackle. He lists the Spartans among his choices although he has yet to receive an offer.

Last season the Spartans came up to Detroit Southeastern and grabbed Fred Smith and Charles Burrell. This year, the cupboard is far from bare at the school. Wide Receiver William Sturges is smaller, but very quick and runs great routes. Sophomore QB Edward Thomas had one of the strongest arms in attendance.


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